Recording about records

OERs about records using  (archival) records

The purpose of this podcast is to teach records creators in SFU departments how to read the retention schedules of the university, which are multi-part policy documents called “RRSDAs“.


The podcast is offered in a long version for new employees who have never seen an RRSDA. The podcast is structured into the 6 parts of the policy document, which is displayed alongside the audio so that listeners can visually follow along.

There is also a shorter version for frequent users who just need to a refresher. People tend to only use RRSDAs once or twice a year, and sometimes they just need a reminder of the basics.

Throughout the podcast, I give examples of how to apply RRSDAs to digital records, as well as analog ones.

The podcast uses SFU’s own archival records to provide the music and sound snippets, including the convocation music from 1969 and early radio marketing messages encouraging students to come to SFU. Early audio like this is permanently preserved in the archives, thanks to the departments who created it and used RRSDAs to transfer it to the archives.


Mini teaching tool: How to handle photos in the archives

In the archives, we have thousands of photos that have been produced by SFU departments over the last 50 years, plus plenty of others that are parGIF files showing the proper way to handle archival photost of the records donated by faculty, campus community members or others.

Photographic prints are vulnerable to the oils on our hands, so we ask users to always wear gloves to provide a barrier between your hands and the prints.

The paper supports that images are printed on can also become vulnerable and fragile as they age, so we show users how to carefully turn one image at a time to protect the prints.

These images are part of the F-247 collection which contains material from the Media and Public Affairs Office of SFU.

This is Your Brain….The TLC EdMedia Studio is OPEN!


Do you want to create educational media for your course?

Do your students want you to create educational media your course?

Well now you can.

The Teaching and Learning Centre and the EdMedia Team at SFU have just opened a free, accessible, multi-purpose media studio for faculty and instructors to use. Video, Audio and photographic media assets are all supported in this studio, located right next to the TLC in the Education Building in Burnaby.

Contact Educational Visual Designer Adam O. Thomas to schedule an appointment and gain access to cameras, mics, a green screen, even post production tools.

Even better still, apply to the EdMedia Protege Program and gain hands-on mentorship from the EdMedia Team on the philosophy, strategies and technology that will help you go from a media consumer to a media creator.

For more information contact Adam at

Copyrighting it RIGHT on Video!

TLC Centre – Burnaby, BC. Recently the TLC’s Ed Media Media Designer Shantala Sing and Visual Designer Adam O. Thomas were contacted by SFU Copyright Specialist, Jennifer Zerkee and asked if they could support her in the creation of a series of tutorial videos on copyright policy at Simon Fraser University. After some initial discussions, Jennifer jumped into the project and prepared storyboards that helped organize her thoughts and the flow of the first video. The Ed Media team then made some technical recommendations and suggested Jennifer use Camtasia ( a screen-capture program ) as a means of building the video. To be fair, there was a fairly steep learning curve involved here as Jennifer created the video by incorporating slides from a static Power Point presentation and a voice recording she made in her office, but the result is pretty great.

Continue reading “Copyrighting it RIGHT on Video!”

EMP Kickoff Spring 2014

The Ed Media team at SFU documented the Ed Media Protege (EMP) program kickoff through a quick time-lapse of a graphic facilitation. Here are the major themes and ideas discussed by the Spring 2014 faculty cohort.

Adobe Premiere Pro Editing Made Easy…A beginner’s guide.

Screen Shot EMP_PP sheet1 PREMIERE PRO Cheat Sheet1

For those of you daring enough to embark on a journey towards EXTREME VIDEO EDITING!!!!  I have prepared a few cheat sheets to make the process a little less, well, extreme.

With these three simple documents you should be on your way to editing your video project in Adobe Premiere Pro.  So don’t be intimidated, be invigorated! And get cutting!