Return from the Affordable Degrees at Scale Symposium

When there are so many people, much like yourself, in the same room a certain energy builds. That energy let’s you know you’re on the right track, sharing in a quest to innovate and make things a bit better for the future through learning. Many like minded digital educators spent the last two days at Georgia Tech talking shop. What fun. Conference presentation with Sharon Hsiao standing with mic while two white men look on from seats on stage.

Sharon nails it while others look on

What’s awful is that this amazing vibe happened today. Kavanaugh day. A day of pain for many and a day for others to hang their head. Even this group of digital educators has remnants of the old patriarchy, but it’s lessening. The guys at the event were wonderful fellows, one even was a knight from Scotland, but they represented another time that I really don’t want to be in.

I work on a team with an Argentinian woman as the Senior Director. My other admin colleagues are a white man, a Taiwanese woman (that’s Sharon in the picture) and a native Illinois woman. Across the whole team of about 45, I am by far in the minority. English is the common language but by far not dominant.

My 8-5 life doesn’t situate itself in the disastrous climate we find ourselves in. I cannot say enough about how much of a reprieve that is from what I see in many other places. I am so lucky.

Sometimes the reality of the world is forgotten from 8-5 and we make amazing learning happen. Then I read the news and realize I need to seek out how I can continue to be supportive the rest of the day.


MakerLab Videos 2019

MakerLab Team Videos

eLearning Support

Johnivan Darby –


The whole project team. Split roles up in the various sections

Suggested Storyboard

Opening Graphics

Some sort of video background generator with:

  1. logo if available
  2. product title/name
  3. subtitle

Rather than the usually clumsy group introduction, let’s use name plates (AKA lower thirds) on screen for your names, title, etc. as you speak. The second video below
demonstrates this. It will let us move more fluidly and quickly through the video.

Suggest/Demonstrate Need

On Screen Talking – Write Script:

Create the situation and vibe that demonstrates the need
of the product.

  • The Shelfie video below does this well
    with the shots of cyclists and them trying to store their

B-Roll footage:

People engaging in the activity that will
be improved with you product. Show the frustration or dilemma
they face.

State the rationale for the product

On Screen Talking – Write Script:

  • What is your solution to this need?
  • Why your solution is unique?
  • What did it take to get your idea rolling?

B-Roll footage:

early prototyping, design process, drawing, molding, etc…

Design Process

On Screen Talking – Write Script:

  • Goals in design
  • Choices made
  • Problems solved

B-Roll footage:

early prototyping, design process, drawing, molding, etc…

The Beg

On Screen Talking – Write Script:

Ask for the support
> What is appropriate here? Please chime in Prof. Rindfleisch

B-Roll footage:

Product in action, MakerLab or other manufacturing

Rock it out at the end

On Screen Talking – Write Script:

  • Summary Statements
  • Thanks for watching and future support

B-Roll footage:

People using the product.


Return to video background generator

  1. Closing phrase
  2. logo
  3. title/name
  4. Thank you’s, credits (TBD by Prof.)


From Kickstarter

This video shows good flow of setting the stage and vibe of who the
products is for and the process of design and prototyping.

Last Year’s Student Projects

2015 MakerLab Videos

The Plan and Your Milestones

For sake of time we will be creating these videos based on a template
that the eLearning Video Team will fill in with your your talking and
any images or videos (B-Roll) that add to the description of what you
are talking about or doing.

eLearning Video Team will be available on April 23 to shoot your
on screen talking, product close-ups and any staged “working on the
project shots”.

The eLearning Team Needs the Following From You:

Set up a shared folder with and,
make us the co-owner of folder to share the items below:

  • Roster of all projects in a Word doc. (February 24)
    • team members names
    • title of their role in the project
    • year, major (for rolling credits at the end)
  • Weekly pix or videos (February 24). Each week post at least five photos and 5 videos (short – as in 15 seconds, unproduced clips) to your folder
    • the process – your team working
    • your product getting printed
    • prototype pix
      > Your phone works just fine for these shots.
      > Hold it steady or use a tripod, have decent light, don’t worry about audio for non-speaking video. The Library Media Commons has items for check out to help with this.)
  • Script (April 20)
    • Fill in the “On Screen Talking” sections above
    • I’d suggest a hand-in of the assignment for review for Prof. Rindfleisch prior to shoot.
  • Bring to shooting day (week of April 25)
    • rough models
    • the finished product
    • SCRIPT!!!