Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Workshops

The Faculty Multimedia Center is now offering Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Workshops once a semester that will cover a variety of media creation topics. This workshops will be Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and use tools and software that are free to download or web-based meaning that faculty will be able to take what they learn in the workshop with them and also continue to use the skills and tools afterwards. These events are available to all UCF faculty and staff. 

Creating Course Graphics with Canva – February 18, 2020

Have you ever been curious about how to create quick graphics for your course? In this workshop, we will show you how to utilize the free online tool, Canva, to create a graphic that can be placed in your Webcourses@UCF course or on any of your course materials. Graphics can be useful in branding your course by creating an appealing look for students or can be used to help illustrate certain content. Graphics can also be placed in videos or PowerPoints that you create for your students. Please bring a laptop or tablet and be ready to connect to the campus wifi. There will be no software required to download for this workshop. However, you will need a valid email address to sign up for Canva either ahead of time or at the workshop. You will walk away with at least one graphic but also the knowledge to continue to create your own graphics using Canva.

To register or find out additional information, visit the DIY Workshop – Creating Course Graphics with Canva.

Canva Graphic Examples


Video Recording/Streaming with OBS – July 23, 2020

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is free and open source software that can be used for video recording and streaming. It allows you to capture and mix multiple sources including your desktop, record picture-in-picture, or live switch between scenes. It’s also easy to stream to YouTube, Facebook, and other streaming platforms. In this workshop, you’ll be able to get hands on experience with OBS. You’ll learn how to capture your desktop, microphone, and/or webcam. You’ll also learn how to use picture-in-picture and how to set up a livestream to YouTube. Please bring a laptop with Open Broadcaster Software or OBS already installed. If your computer does not have a built-in webcam or microphone, please bring an external USB microphone or webcam if you have it. If not, the UCF Library has some USB microphones available to rent and we will have a couple extra webcams available. If you cannot download OBS, we will have a few computers available with the software already loaded. You will walk away from this workshop with at least one video recording. Be ready with some ideas of a video you’d like to record.

To register or find out additional information, visit the DIY Workshop – Video Recording/Streaming with OBS webpage.


Captions and Alternative Text (Alt Text) – Fall 2020

It’s extremely important to ensure that your course materials are accessible. If you are using videos in your course, are they properly captioned? Are you using alternative text (alt text) when you post images online? In this workshop, we will show you how to transcribe your video and create captions. We will also briefly explain alt text and demonstrate how to add alt text to images in Webcourses@UCF and other popular image sharing platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Please bring a laptop or tablet and be ready to connect to the campus wifi.

Video with Captions Example