Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
Presenter: Rich Mavrogeanes of VBrick Systems
Rich Mavrogeanes opened the session by providing some background information about his company, VBrick Systems. It was well done only taking about 5 minutes of the session time. One of the statements made as part of the introduction to the topic was that everyone has broadcast quality TVâ€¦why should people settle for less in educational broadcasts. The presenter then went on to show an example of streaming video of the Titanic taken by Dr. Bob Ballard. The quality of the video and detail that could be seen were amazing. The challenge posed by the presenter was to deliver video streaming over the current network systems that reach every room and desktop whether the mode of delivery is one-to-one, one-to-many, or many-to-one.
After a brief description of the various types of video systems, Rich talked about why the use of streaming video is important. The reasons included:
Technology issues of bandwidth hogging, compressing video, compression types, and distribution network were then presented. This is where the presenter lost me as an Instructional Designer. While I understand the need to comprehend the issues of compression and distribution before deciding to implement the use of video streaming, I had hoped to see effective examples of Distance Learning experiences using Streaming Video.