Submitted by Alexandra Martelli
I chose to create a google form based off of the typical instructor evaluation form (link). I found it very easy to maneuver and create the form. Additionally, it was very easy to either e-mail to people or copy a link that students could click on that takes them to the evaluation form. Once students responded to the five questions I created, it was nice to have it all in one spreadsheet. Here is a link to the evaluation form I created (link). I would definitely recommend using google forms in your courses and I will likely use it in future classes to get feedback at various points in the semester. I also liked how some people used it as an interactive activity that could also count as attendance or participation points.
Submitted by CJ Alderson
Review of Snagit video editing software
Some of you have previously posted reviews about Jing screen recording software and I am glad that some of you found it as useful as you did. As a PSYC 214 TA, I have been making and remaking SPSS tutorial videos on a semi regular basis simply using QuickTime on my iMac. I had been rather pleased with this method of making my screencasts and felt that Jing would have be a step backward from QuickTime, in that QT is not limited by a 5 min length restriction. However, because I wanted to use the program for myself, I searched for it and read about it. Whilst doing so, I found a product from the same software company (i.e., TechSmith) called Snagit that they released to replace Jing Pro. I found the description of Snagit interesting as it claimed have the ability to edit videos. I then downloaded the free 15-day trial version (it costs $49) to see If it would be useful for my purposes.
Compared to QuickTime, Snagit’s user interface is easier to navigate and is really intuitive to figure out how to use. I went through the process of making a video with the hopes of being able to edit out word fumbles and such but sadly this is not possible. When pressing the edit button the software prompted me to install even more software, which I found out costs $299. I felt betrayed! I was hoping to find a cheaper video editing tool that would be less clunky than the QuickTime recordings edited in iMovie setup I had been using. That hope didn’t pan out.
However, the software is not without its benefits. It gives you different window shape (e.g., square, rounded square, circle, oval) and style (e.g., recessed, mirrored bottom) options, allows for longer than 5 min video capture, and lets you blur areas of the screen, which is useful for blocking screen names and such. Its pretty cool software but I wont be changing from my current QuickTime/iMovie setup.