Expansion of the CHDS Media Hub

Jake Waxman and Meg Harding Assembling Technical Equipment in Media Hub.

CHDS’ Media Hub lead Jake Waxman uses Q1 to assess the 2017 activities and strategize for 2018. “We’ve taken a brief pause in producing new materials and engaging new partners to debrief on what we’ve learned about our immersion residency program,” Waxman shared, adding “we’ve also used this time to assess our equipment needs to improve the pedagogy in the multimedia we create.”

In consultation with project coordinator Megan Harding, the Media Hub designed an addition to the background set to eliminate visual distractions in the backdrop. Get a glimpse of the active work process in the Media Hub “Behind the Scenes” page! Additionally, Waxman reworked the entire camera-side of the studio to create a more user-friendly experience for the teachers on-camera by reducing glare from studio lights, more clearly marking where they should be looking, and optimizing the coaching position of the learning designer. Additionally, the Media Hub is conducting several long-term production experiments, using cinematic equipment in novel applications. One of these experiments is the addition of a tilt-shift lens, which is being used to create a “focus-pop” to draw the learner’s eyes to a specific place. “Although this isn’t a traditional choice for videography, we can use the lens to draw the viewer’s gaze to where we want it and now can more dramatically pinpoint exactly where we want viewer to look in the foreground,” Waxman adds.

More about the CHDS Media Hub

The CHDS Media Hub combines a physical brainstorming space with a laboratory-like digital environment to prototype, pilot and produce educational multimedia for teaching, learning and policy translation. If you are interested in collaborating with the CHDS Media Hub, please contact the Media Hub Director, Jake Waxman.

Learn more: Past and present CHDS videos on the Media Hub Vimeo page.

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