Julie Raeder Schumacher

Introduction: 
I am a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University. I have really enjoyed my Ed Tech classes and would like to create a webcast for dietetic educators and/or students. (I am a dietitian and teach nutrition classes on campus). I have completed the assignments, tasks, and attempted 4 webcasts thus far. My first three follow in my Portfolio. I reflected in a blog after completing each one. I can definitely attest to the learning curve as I see myself improving with each webcast. I know this is a continuous learning experience and I look forward to the road ahead!
Webcast Report (Interncast #1): 

For all of you Grey's Anatomy Fans- this is a discussion I had with another avid fan recaping the season finale and giving our predictions for Season 4 of Grey's Anatomy. It may sound like high school gossip unless you watch the show!! We had a great time talking (her mic and internet connection were not the best, but we got by). We had about 6 in the chat room!

My first webcast show was an experience…a learning experience—as it should have been, I guess! It was suggested I have a co-host with me for my shows. I decided to have a co-host that was a subject-matter-expert for my topic, but not on the technology! I had her download Skype over the weekend, but I had been out of town, so we could not practice until 15 minutes before show time—not a good idea! She had tested out her Skype, but when I called, her internet connection and microphone I could tell were not the best. Luckily during the show, her internet stayed connected just fine, but I can tell a difference in the quality of our mics- something to keep in mind for the future.

I also had troubles streaming on Sandbox A, B-was no problem, but A would not connect- I think I may have had the IP or password incorrect?? But the listeners did not have any troubles accessing Sandbox B. I had 6 in the chatroom, but it moved pretty slow. Another thing I want to improve is that I could hear myself typing as it was picked up through my mic.

I also learned to always have a backup for recording. I got everything set up and forgot to press ‘record’ on Audacity—the easiest step! However, I had check the box in Simplecast and found the recording in the file, uploaded the file to audacity and was still able to do all of my editing there. Editing I found to be time consuming, but worth it! It is amazing how much better the sound can be taking away ums, ahhs, high peaks from hitting mics, etc.

I was very nervous to do this webcast- actually, I think my nerves were more focused on the technology, something not going right, than actually what I was going to say. Also, an outline works really well to help keep the flow of the webcast. I am really looking forward to starting out with another pilot group with dietetic educators/dietitians.

 

-Julie Schumacher

Webcast Report (Interncast #2): 

This webcast was done with the intended audience of my students- Master’s level dietetic students at Illinois State University. I teach a seminar class with the intensions of brining in topics that are unique and not always taught at rotation sites; one area being renal dietetics. I was fortunate to have an alumn who graduated in May working at a renal clinic in Chicago. She had wanted to do a class for the interns and when I mentioned the skype online webcast, she was very excited!

So the first task of finding a guest to be on my show was settled. I met with Suzie River, MS, RD online using Skype 2 days prior to our show. This way I could test her mic, computer settings, etc. I felt much more at ease after doing the practice, so when the day of the show came, I was only half as nervous!

On Sunday, September 23rd, the show time was , and I got a bit stressed at 6:30pm as I had to pry my husband off our desk top computer so I could get things lined up. Once I had command of the area—things were a go! I did have trouble this night streaming in sandbox B…last time it was sandbox A, but now B. I am not sure what setting (IP address/password/something) I had incorrect. Luckily, all of my intended listeners were able to listen to the stream….ahhhh……

Suzie’s roommate that night wanted to listen in to the conversation, so Suzie had her earpiece off. I knew right away what the issue was, as I was getting much feedback from myself through her speakers to her mic. She quickly switched this before the show and I think the sound turned out really well.

Adding others to the Skype call:

I hadn’t ever added someone to an existing call while streaming prior to this show. I practice earlier by adding the Skype lady to a call—and was successful! In real life, it was no different. However, something that I did not let my listeners know and understand was the delay in the audio stream versus our skype call. I should have had the listeners stop their audio from the webcast prior to answering their skype call. The participants who came on and asked a question of course had a difficult time listening to the answer as they were getting both the answer and the audio from 20 seconds prior…..a lesson well learned!

All in all, I was pleased with how smoothly the show went and that all of my students were able to access both the audio and chat areas!

Every stream is a learning experience for all!

 

-Julie Schumacher

Webcast Report (Interncast #3): 

This webcast was for a doctoral class at Illinois State University that I am taking on Improvements of Curriculum and Instruction. I was partnered with Dea Conrad-Curry to lead our class discussion for this particular session. We created a wiki for students to post and respond to questions the week prior to our online webcast. We as a class have been reading about the politics of curriculum and thus text book selection. We were to read 3 chapters: First was Chapter 6: Understanding by Design: Crafting Understandings by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. This chapter focused on defining the outcome of getting the learners to truly understand, and not just regurgitate information. Next Book was The Curriculum: Problems, Politics, and Possibilities. We read chapter 9: The Culture and Commerce of the Textbook by Michael W. Apple. Chapter 10: Democracy and the Curriculum by George H. Wood. Both of these chapters focused on the politics of curriculum and thus text book selection. We had a guest speaker with us, Dr. Kris Ross talk about her experiences with these issues.

One long hour of trouble shooting. Does Skype kick everyone off a conference call---is there a rhyme or reason? I guess it wasn't my day for 'Skyping!'

The webcast itself was an hour of trouble shooting to say the least. My co-host used internet connect at a hotel, we had a guest speaker who tried to download skype 10 minutes before show time, and my co-host could not get into the chat room. To attempt to minimize stress, the guest speaker shared my co-host’s laptop….this lead to only one ear-piece speakers and ‘passing’ of the mic/speakers- not an ideal situation, but they handled it relatively smoothly and minimized it to only necessary changes. Also, Skype- well, I am going to blame Skype- disconnected our conference call three times during the hour show. However, I never lost the streaming- so it could have been worse. I kept everything flowing by quickly calling those in the conference call and got right back into the conversation.

Another positive was that I actually was streaming in BOTH Sandbox A and B. Previously, I had troubles getting one or the other to work. The chat room during the show was flowing a lot- which was great. However, I know that I make a LOT of noise when I type during the show, so I minimized my chatting. I think someone mentioned before there is a ‘rubber keyboard’ or something that I could get to reduce the noise. Which I have add to my Christmas list!

My final issue that I have learned is my bitrate in Audacity needs to be changed PRIOR to recording. My file size is relatively large, however, I was unable to change the bitrate now that it is recorded and saved. I know where to do this in audacity- edit/preferences/file format. I will remember this next time!

-Julie Schumacher

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