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.

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Street Interviews on the “Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan”

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What do different groups in the DTES think of the Local Area Plan? (click on image for video)

In March 2014, Vancouver City Council approved a $1-billion plan to redevelop the Downtown Eastside, covering a large area from Richards Street to Clark Drive ( This comprehensive initiative, titled the “Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan”, has created controversy among the public.

It is the purpose of this video to contribute to making sense of the opposing viewpoints on the project. Conducted in the Downtown Eastside, the interviews seek to demonstrate to the students of urban sociology that the city, and social space in general, is a site of contention between different classes and communities.

The video will be shown in class (SA 364 – Urban Communities and Cultures), which will be followed by a short writing exercise where the students will be asked to discuss what they have seen in relation to urban sociological themes and concepts.


BC Campus has been making a big push into open education these past few years, and it seems to be gaining steam. Last week they reviewed the Open Ed initiatives at UBC and as ever, it was inspiring to read that many of those programs and courses are beginning to mature.

One such course is very unique, on “Video Game Law” which makes available its course notes and video content online under a creative commons license. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Festinger at a recent World Cafe for a new joint social media program between BCIT and SFU, and his passion for sharing this material and employing social media in his courses was evident. Not only are the lectures captured and shared alongside the presentations, but the course discussions occur both in the comments on the blog, and via twitter. You can tweet Jon @jonfestinger or follow the course discussions @GameBizLaw.

This method of “teaching and learning in the open” will inspire a great deal of the discussion for our upcoming “Sharing and Caring for Open Educational Resources” module, (being published soon!) as part of the EMP program which will be launching in April. The hashtag for this module is #openedmedia.