Going Visual Spring 2017

Going Visual
Here is our agenda for todays session.

Drawing is a common and powerful means to convey ideas, but is often hampered by a perceived “inability to draw”. In this session, participants practice their drawing skills and explore strategies to apply them to their teaching.

What are some of the benefits to “going visual” with hand drawn visuals?

Some things to explore:

  • Coloring (for academics) !: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/sites/doodling/index.html
  • Faces in things: https://twitter.com/faceinthings

Squiggle Birds

YOU CAN DRAW! (well enough)

Squiggle bird instructions: http://edmedia.tlc.sfu.ca/dropin/index.php/2017/01/20/gv1/

#gv1 Squiggle birds from Dave Gray


Forget what you know about “good art” and “bad art” and just create. That’s the advice cartoonist and newly-minted professor Lynda Barry gives her students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s learned from years of exploring art with “non-artists”, why too many adults resist their own creative impulses, and why it’s a good thing if you still draw like a kid.

Barry, L. 2015. CBC Canada: Lynda Barry dares you to draw like a kid. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-friday-may-8-2015-1.3065520/cartoonist-lynda-barry-dares-you-to-draw-like-a-kid-1.3065525

Drawing Monsters instructions: http://edmedia.tlc.sfu.ca/dropin/index.php/2017/01/29/gv4/

#gv4 Monster Challenge from Lynda Barry


Working on the basic building blocks of visual language will improve your ability to be creative and communicate in creative ways. In “The Essentials of Visual Language”, we can try a series of assignments that explore the fundamental building blocks of visual work, including; lines, shapes, faces and text.

Graphic Jamming

Check out the Noun project: https://thenounproject.com

Building a Global Visual Language from Noun Project on Vimeo.

Icon Jam Instructions: http://edmedia.tlc.sfu.ca/dropin/index.php/2017/01/26/gv2/

#gv2 Icon Jam

Drawing the frame

An activity which exemplifies this “representation of time in space”, was recently shared by Dr. Nick Sousanis calledGrids and Gestures”. In his blog post, Dr. Sousanis invites the internet to join him in a “non-representational comics-making exercise”  which he has been doing in his workshops and recently published article.

Grids and Gestures instructions: http://edmedia.tlc.sfu.ca/dropin/index.php/2017/01/30/gv6/

#gv6 Grids and Gestures from Nick Sousanis



Spring 2017 cohort – A Visual summary

Here it is, the Spring 2017 cohort for the EdMedia Program (EMP) Participants were introduced to the inner workings of the program, as well have begun their transmedia experience. Some great discussions were had all around, and with the largest group to date, we are looking forward to seeing all the creative works that will come forth. If you are following along at home, be sure to check our home page for updates as to the mystery of the quartz parrot, a real knuckle biter.

Let us know any feedback and reactions you ahve had on the first day, and we will see you on thursday!




Transmedia Storytelling and The Quartz Parrot

What is Transmedia Storytelling?

Transmedia storytelling is a narrative that is told across various mediums, such as print, graphics and video. In The Quartz Parrot, the aim is to also involve the participants in the storytelling, as you learn skills and create pieces that in turn become part of the story.  In the end, the goal is to learn basic skills in producing media for your courses, while taking part in an engaging story where you (hopefully) solve the mystery of the missing artifact.


Each EMP session will involve creating pieces to help solve the transmedia mystery of The Quartz Parrot.

Session 1: Kickoff – Introduction to transmedia and The Quartz Parrot

Session 2: OER and Copyright – finding and modifying a Creative Commons picture of the Quartz Parrot

Session 3: Going Visual – creating drawings of suspects and a storyboard of the events of the crime

Session 4: Graphic – using a map of area where the Parrot was stolen and organizing pictures and text of the evidence, suspects and experts

Session 5: Audio and Podcasting – interviewing three expert witnesses in a scripted podcast to be recorded, edited and posted online

Session 6: Smartphone Video Production – interviewing the three suspects on video to be recorded, edited and posted online

Session 7: Reflections and Future Projects – the previous podcasts and videos will be watched together and participants will be able to discuss and solve the crime of The Quartz Parrot while reflecting on what they have learned and where they want to take their new skills.

Leadership Stamps

The idea behind using leadership passport stamps is to encourage students to reflect on their path to leadership through the program. Leadership passport stamps will serve the following purposes:

  • Travel map (storytelling)
  • Passport stamps for each completed stage of the program (recognition or online badge)
  • Six key stages or themes: Self-awareness, Active Listening, Effective Communication, Diversity Understanding, Navigating Uncertainty and Ongoing Development
  • Use of icons throughout our P2L programs to identify themes from previous workshops (connecting learning)
  • End of program downloadable certificate
  • Reflection activity (connecting learning to leadership)

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Introduction to Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

In this 3 hour, hands on workshop, participants will learn how to start a project, manage media and employ basic tools and strategies to edit like a pro. Well, almost. Here’s the rundown.

ICE BREAKER: Editing Sequence Exercise.

Sequencing ImageCC

Break into groups. Each group arranges the cards in any order to tell a visual story.

THE RESULT: Demonstrates that editing is the arrangement of images. The order you put the images in shapes the story you are telling. There are any number of ways to arrange the same images. FUN!


Before you start consider…

  • What is the story you are trying to tell?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Think of flow, rhythm, tempo. Editing is like writing music.
  • Be prepared to “kill your darlings” – you will almost certainly need to cut away things you love for the sake of the bigger project.
  • Shorter/tighter is most often better
  1.   GET STARTED: Best practices for Creating a NEW PROJECT        

TIP: Be Organized

  • Create a New Folder on Desktop
  • Consolidate all media (footage, images, music, documents – use sub folders for each)
  • Open Premiere Pro – Create NEW PROJECT – confim “Scratch Disk” location
  • Use your Bins: Basics for Importing and organizing media (footage)
  • Creating a NEW SEQUENCE

*TIP: Save Often

  • Basic project layout
  • Basic tools and functions – Where they are
    • Blade and Hand
    • Transitions
    • Effects
    • Titles

Get started

  • Bringing media into your TIMELINE
  • Understanding Video and Audio Tracks
  • Difference between selecting media from SOURCE or on the TIMELINE
  • Duplicate, duplicate duplicate
  •      Basics of Exporting (codecs, file types, compression, render queue, etc)
    • Quicktime, H.264-mp4


VIDEO: Common Examples of Cuts and Transitions

Premiere Pro editing Cheat Sheets: Premiere Pro Beginners Guide


Teaching and Learning Development Grant – Infographic Process

Hello everyone! My name is Tara mcFarlane & I am the Administrative Coordinator for the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD). One of the main responsibilities I have is to coordinate and facilitate the Teaching and Learning Development Grants program (http://www.sfu.ca/tlgrants). My idea for a project was to come up with an infographic that could be used independently or within a presentation/website to give a quick and clear overview of the Teaching and Learning Development Grant process from the view of a potential grant applicant/recipient. Continue reading “Teaching and Learning Development Grant – Infographic Process”

EMP Fall 2015 pics

EMP Fall 2015 Cohort
The Fall 2015 EMP cohort album

The Fall 2015 EMP session is underway! We had a fantastic intro  yesterday, and a few photos are posted to our flickr site to document the occasion.  (see gallery above) The static page we will be posting resources and updates to is at http://edmedia.tlc.sfu.ca/emp/ .

We are looking forward to getting a new batch of SFU faculty launched on their journey as next level media creators, see you on thursday!