Documentation:Video Basics Test/UBC examples

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Whiteboard Animation Using a Camera & Whiteboard

Camera set up for whiteboard animation

The UBC Science Writing Team developed a set of instructional videos to support the development of writing skills for communicating science effectively. The project was TLEF supported, so videos were produced by students with Faculty support for content development. Contact Eric Jandciu [1] or Jackie Stewart [2].

Why did they do this?

To insert a fun, engaging approach to support the development of basic writing skills. Their intent is to support writing projects aimed at communicating science. CTLT interviewed Eric Jandciu about the project.

How did they do this?

  • Gather a dream team of collaborators: science writing specialist, student with a talent for drawing
  • Create a DIY studio set up (see image above)
  • Storyboard samples: These storyboards were circulated with scripts to faculty team for approval and editing prior to recording.

Whiteboard Animation using VideoScribe

Jim Sibley (Faculty of Applied Science) experiments with a whiteboard animation approach to a concept tutorial.

Why did he do this?

This video is an explanation of seismographs differentiate between the waves produced by explosions and earthquakes. It's a clear, clean whiteboard recording. By releasing a video which mirrors or expands upon material covered in lecture, learners have the opportunity to re-watch, pause, and more effectively cover the material than simply reviewing notes they took.

How did he do this?

Location Shoot with Interactive Google Maps

The Masters of Land and Water Systems (MLWS) program team produced a series of videos to introduce the emergence of innovative designs and approaches to urban stormwater management. This series focuses on stormwater management on three different scales: property, neighbourhood and watershed. The videos are used in UBC's Urban Watershed Management course (SOIL 516). This series is also useful for developers, students, real estate agents, municipal/regional planners, managers and engineers. Production of these videos is made possible by The Learning Centre at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

The videos are also associated with an interactive google map showing locations for each video shoot. For more in the series and access to the map, go to

Why did they do this?

Although the series was initially designed for use in the online course (SOIL 516), presenting the videos with an interactive map would made the videos more interesting to residents of the Lower Mainland. All of the stormwater designs featured in the videos are real locations in local neighbourhoods, and the map provides a great entry point for someone who may not have an understanding of stormwater management and low impact designs. Contact: Julie Wilson [3]

How did they make this?

The videos were edited in iMovie and presented via the MLWS Program's YouTube channel. The map was created using an experimental feature in Google Drive: Google Fusion Tables. GPS coordinates and other data are entered into a table, and points are projected onto a Google Map. For more information, contact Julie Wilson.