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Title of script: Guidelines for Recording and Narration

Author: Namita Lobo

Keywords: Guidelines, Recording, Narration

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Slide 1:
  • Topic
  • acknowledgement to TTT, NMEICT
  • url of the project
  • Script writer and Narrators Name and affiliation
  • Date of creation
Welcome to the spoken tutorial on the Guidelines for recording and narration of an original spoken tutorial. In a few minutes we are going to emphasis on the guidelines of how to create an original spoken tutorial.
Slide 2: Creation of a spoken tutorial starts with writing a script. The spoken tutorial on guidelines for writing a script is available on this url.
Slide 3: Once the script is validated and approved, one is required to record the tutorial.
Slide 4: Recording of a tutorial comprises of two simultaneous activities.
  • Narration
  • Screencasting
Slide 5: point 1 There are certain things that you need to keep in mind before you start the recording. They are as follows -
  • If one is using a laptop, it is recommended to charge the battery of the laptop and do the recording after disconnecting the power chord. This eliminates the humming sound in the background.
Slide 5: point 2 Place all the windows to be used for the recording in such a way that the transition from one window to another is easy while recording. For example, one may 'unmaximise' the windows and place them in an overlapping manner on the screen.
Switch to the screen shot. Here is a screen shot of recommended placement of 3 windows.
Slide 5: point 3 Coming back to the slides,
  • Keep the mic at a fixed distance from your mouth throughout the recording. This will keep the audio volume consistent throughout the recording.
Slide 6: point 4, 5 and 6 (one after the other) It is observed that not everyone gets the recording right in the first go. So we recommend that one does a dummy or mock recording before doing the final recording. Once the dummy / mock recording is done, you are required to submit it to the Spoken Tutorial team for feedback so that suggestions for improvement may be given. Only after approval should you proceed to do the final recording.
Slide 7: Ideally try to do the recording in one go. This will reduce time spent in editing. Remember to use the pause feature of the screencasting software whenever there are long downloads, long imports, long compilations, rendering, etc.. This will reduce capture of unnecessary footage during the recording.
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/wiki/index.php/Guidelines_for_narrating_a_Spoken_Tutorial For more details on the guidelines, please refer to this url
Slide 8: The second aspect of recording is screen casting. It is important that the screen casting is always in sync with the narration.
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/wiki/index.php/Guidelines_for_Screencasting_a_Spoken_Tutorial Along with the guidelines on narration, one is required to go through the guidelines on screen casting, too, which is on this link
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/wiki/index.php/Guidelines_for_Screencasting_a_Spoken_Tutorial and scroll down Please make sure that you go through this.
Slide 9: Once you have gone through the guidelines, you are now ready to record a tutorial. At this point, I would like to mention that we recommend the use of Free and Open Source applications like
  • Camstudio on Windows
  • recordMyDesktop on Linux.
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/HowToUseCamstudio To know how to use Camstudio on Windows, please visit this link
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/HowToUseCamstudio and click on the drop-down box of languages Here you may learn how to use Camstudio in any of the available languages.
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/recordMyDesktop To know how to use recordMyDesktop, please visit this link
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/recordMyDesktop and click on the drop-down box of languages Here you may learn how to use recordMyDesktop in any of the available languages.
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/What_is_a_Spoken_Tutorial For more information on spoken tutorial technology, you may want to watch the tutorial which is on this link
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/wiki/index.php/Creators_Checklist Now is a good time to get the tutorial self verified against a checklist. The checklist is on this link
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/wiki/index.php/Creators_Checklist The self check can be done by using this checklist.
Slide 9: A completed spoken tutorial goes through a quality check firstly by
  • The Spoken tutorial admin team
  • And then by an Expert for an Expert review
Slide 11: The spoken tutorial admin team checks if
  • the parameters have met the standards
  • the audio quality has met the standards
  • the video quality has met the standards.
Display the url http://www.spoken-tutorial.org/wiki/index.php/Admin_Checklist_Spoken_Tutorial The admin team of spoken tutorial will check against the criteria given in this checklist
Display the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/wiki/index.php/RCL#SPOKEN_TUTORIAL Next, the tutorial is sent for an Expert Review to an expert. At this stage, a Reviewer checks for the criteria given in this checklist
Slide 12: If the Expert has suggestions for improvements, then the creator is required to incorporate the changes to make the tutorial better for learning.
Slide 13:

Acknowledgement to TTT,

NME-ICT, and the url http://spoken-tutorial.org/NMEICT-Intro

In this tutorial we learnt what needs to be done before, during and after the recording.

SPOKEN TUTORIAL PROJECT is an initiative of the Talk to a Teacher project, developed at IIT Bombay. The project is coordinated by http://spoken-tutorial.org. Funding for this work has come from the National Mission on Education through ICT, launched by MHRD, Government of India. For more details please visit http://spoken-tutorial.org/NMEICT-Intro

This brings us to the end of the tutorial on Guidelines for Recording and narration of an original spoken tutorial. This is Namita Lobo from IIT Bombay signing off. Thank you for watching.

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