LIS 724 — Database Tutorial Reflection

Making the database tutorial was fun, but it was also frustrating at times. I struggled with the 2 to 4 minute time limit. I felt rushed trying to explain the database sufficiently. I ultimately figured out where to trim certain things, so I’m happy with my final result. It’s barely under 4 minutes though. I used the tool Jing, which I enjoyed using. It was very easy to use and captured my screen nicely and allowed me to narrate while going through the steps on my screen. I would definitely recommend it. I chose a database that is at the library where I work because it is easy for me to access. I chose a database called Universal Class because I’ve heard it mentioned at work before but I was not too familiar with it, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to get to know the database myself. It is an awesome database that lets you take free online courses for continuing education.

I basically went through and explored the entire database and figured out how I wanted to structure my video. Once I figured out what I wanted to include, I did some practice runs to work out the kinks and figure out what I was going to say. This was definitely a big help because it helped me figure out ways to trim time to keep the video within the appropriate time limit. Producing it was pretty simple because Jing just recorded everything that I was saying and doing. Once I got everything right I had my recording all ready to go. I had to upload it to Screencast, which is the video hosting site that Jing uses, but that was easy enough because it could be done straight through Jing. I couldn’t upload it to YouTube because Jing is a free, lighter program by TechSmith. There are more features with some of their more professional versions of software.

If I were teaching the process of creating a tutorial, I would definitely talk about ways to trim the video to keep it within a reasonable time limit. I also think it would be important to emphasize practice runs because that will help make the final video go smoother. I learned that this was not as easy as I initially thought, so I would make sure to tell them not to rush through and prepare to spend more time than they initially think. The type of tool they use to make the video is important, but also the way you present the video is imporant as well. This includes the narration, the way you capture your screen, and annotating (if you capture the screen in still images rather than video recording it). You want to make sure that all of those elements work well together and make sense to the viewers. That being said, I would remind my students that they need to remember their audience because they need to keep their explanations clear and concise. They need to use language that is easy to understand. There are alot of different elements to a project like this, but it is still fun to do even if you do run into some frustrations.

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