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September 9, 2019
by camden

The Reading Room

When you think of a reading room you think of a cozy, quiet space filled with books and comfortable furniture where you sit with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and explore a literary universe filled with galaxies of characters, styles, genre, and points of view. Three years ago, Leeward Community College embarked on a project to record local literary talent – to hear them perform their own works and to explore their creative process.

When Language Arts faculty member Ann Inoshita approached the Educational Media Center’s Video Production Unit with a request to record a local author, then Production Manager Les Matsuura saw this as an opportunity to create a unique archive of local talent. Matsuura said, “I’ve always had a soft spot for oral histories and the documenting of events, individuals, and content of historical and cultural value. When Ann came to us with her request, I proposed creating a series with the intent of building a library of local talent sharing their works and their creative process. Ann loved the idea of being part of something that might be useful to students interested in creative writing and to the larger community as well. She has taken on the role of producer, identifying and inviting Hawaii’s talented writers to be a part of The Reading Room. She’s also taken on the role as host of the program.”

Juliet S. Kono reads an excerpt from her book. Ann Inoshita attentively listens

Host Ann Inoshita and guest Juliet S. Kono on set

Asked to describe The Reading Room, Inoshita said, “The Reading Room is recordings of author interviews and readings… These literary recordings include many Hawaii authors and are a valuable resource for courses.”

The programs are designed to invite viewers to join the host and artist in an intimate and comfortable setting. Now in its second series of recordings, the set has evolved from a minimalist set with a coffee table and books floating in black limbo to a fireplace chat type of setting. The series has an artistic open designed by Jordan Teruya that fits perfectly with the intended mood. Additionally, Inoshita has noted that the open has helped contribute to the Reading Room brand. “The opening sequence contains theme music and video that introduces the audience to The Reading Room. This is a recognizable brand that many faculty from various campuses have identified and respect.”

The Reading Room Slate

The creation of a library of local artistic talent and providing a resource for anyone interested in the creative energy behind literature in Hawaii would be a motivating force for anyone in production. The Media Center’s Video Production Unit finds itself in that enviable situation with the potential to make significant contributions to the literary community and the establishment of Leeward Community College as a documenter and preserver of artistic endeavors in Hawaii. Inoshita appreciates the energy the Unit brings to the project. “The production team has great direction and technical skill to create high-quality and professionally made videos…The Video Production staff share the vision and passion of The Reading Room. Collaboration is a positive experience as we record literary performances. I look forward to continued support and collaboration”

L-R: Camden Barruga, Ann Inoshita, Jessica Dela Cruz, Theo O'Neal, Les Matsuura, Mike May, Juliet S. Kono, Jordan Teruya

Cast and Crew of The Reading Room

To view the Reading Room videos click on this link: The Reading Room.

If you would like to produce a video highlighting a project or event you’re involved with, contact the EMC Video Production Unit at ext. 0604, or submit a services request form at Video Services Request.

June 6, 2019
by Les

INBRE Student Scientists

EMC Video Production Unit Captures Amazing Student Scientists Conducting Research at Leeward Community College

Two students conducting a science experiment

For the last 17 years, Leeward Community College has provided students opportunities to conduct research projects that actually contribute data to larger biomedical research efforts.

Student conducting a science experiment

Each summer, teams of students are recruited to be part of INBRE, the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, a program of the National Institutes of Health.  Under the guidance of Professors Kabi Neupane and Helmut Kae, these students learn research techniques and lab skills in well-equipped labs right here on campus. They collaborate with researchers at UH Manoa, making contributions that have real scientific impact. Even more, their work could ultimately have global implications, feeding the hungry, increasing agricultural productivity, curing presently little understood diseases.

A few months ago, the EMC’s Video Unit partnered with Drs. Neupane and Kae to document the activities of these remarkable students…and they are remarkable. These young scientists are amazingly comfortable, knowledgeable, and poised in the lab environment. They are mature and eloquent, and all of them demonstrate an impressive level of passion and excitement for their projects. The videos produced help to highlight the professionalism and quality of the program.

Dr. Neupane

Dr. Neupane, Campus Coordinator for the INBRE program expressed his appreciation for the work the Video Production Unit provided. “We are extremely pleased with the high quality work and care of the Media Center Video Production staff. We would love to continue the partnership in future. The videos made will be used to highlight our undergraduate research program at Leeward CC. This will help us in our recruitment process.”

Dr. Kae

Dr. Kae, the Campus Co-Coordinator, was also appreciative of the effort put forth by the production staff. When asked for his impressions he said he was “…quite amazed with the production quality. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it definitely exceeded anything that we imagined it would look like.” He added, “The staff was very professional, and extremely courteous. They put our students at ease during filming, and really made this process as smooth as possible. I really appreciated the fact that they were cognizant of the work that was going on, so they tried to be minimally disruptive throughout the process.”

We look forward to continuing this partnership with Drs. Kae and Neupane, and having the opportunity to work with more of their students. Aside from creating noteworthy videos for our campus programs, our staff gets great satisfaction and enjoyment in meeting and working with our inspirational young scientists.

To see the videos about this program and these amazing students,  click on this link:  INBRE Playlist.  If you would like to produce a video highlighting a project or event you’re involved with, contact the EMC Video Production Unit at ext. 0604, or submit a services request form at Video Services Request.

April 6, 2017
by Leanne Riseley

Information and Computer Science Microbytes Revealed

Leeward Community College Information and Computer Science MicrobytesInformation and Computer Science Faculty: Blanca Polo, William Albritton, and Pete Gross are leading the effort in creating and sharing OER materials!

They created 78 short videos on a variety of computer science topics. The topics range from general information such as PowerPoint to more technical ones such as network security. Feel free to browse through the videos, which are available on the playlist.

The videos are licensed with a Creative Commons (CC BY NC ND) license, allowing anyone to use the videos as long as they are properly attributed. These videos may be linked to or embedded in your online course materials. If you need help with this, use our Technology One-on-One request form and one of the Educational Technologist will assist you.

If you are interested in creating your own microbytes or short videos, we encourage you to take advantage of the services of the Educational Media Center Video Production team who will work with you to create high quality OER resources for your students!

January 8, 2016
by Leanne Riseley

Connecting with Your Students Using Introduction Videos

Each semester, the Educational Media Center offers video production services to instructors interested in creating short self-introduction videos. These videos can be used to attract students to take your course, as the first impression of who you are as a person and as an instructor, and as a way to spark learner’s intrigue that encourages students to want to learn more. Videos can be used for both in-person and online courses.

This semester, Betty Ickes (History), Kelly Kennedy (ESL), and  Faustino Dagdag (Business), took advantage of the video recording services. They did such an outstanding job that we wanted to share their videos with you in the hopes that it will inspire you to create one for your class.

Betty IckesBetty Ickes

Kelly KennedyKelly Kennedy

Faustino DagdagFaustino Dagdag

We have approximately 20 instructors who have recorded introduction videos and these are featured in the Video Library.

Your posted video can be embedded into your Google Site or sent by email to your students prior to the beginning of the semester.

We encourage you to consider doing an introduction video in the near future!

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