The use of video continues to be an important element in online and hybrid courses. Video helps engage students, especially visual learners, and can help connect students to the instructor and to each other. A relatively new method for creating videos is the Swivl Robot, now available from DEIT. The vendor defines their solution as “a mobile accessory with a paired app (iOS and Android) and wirelessly connected cloud video service.” (http://www.swivl.com/support/)
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The Swivl Robot allows the integrated camera on an iOS or Android mobile device to be used as a capture source. The Robot then pairs with a marker, worn by the presenter, allowing the Robot to track the presenter as they move around the room. The marker also includes a microphone that captures the presenter’s voice during the recording, removing the need for additional equipment.
The Swivl can be used with any native camera or recording apps, including the Panopto and Collaborate tools used at DeSales. Users can also create a free account on cloud.swivl.com, allowing the use of the Swivl Capture app for uploading videos, PowerPoint/Keynote presentations, notes, and interactive whiteboard content that can be synchronized with captured videos. Swivl is currently offering unlimited storage within the Swivl Cloud, and presentations can be embedded within Blackboard, linked on a webpage, or emailed to students.
Recent testing by DeSales faculty has generated some positive feedback:
THE SWIVL ROBOT CAN ENHANCE TEACHING AND LEARNING. INSTRUCTORS CAN RECORD VIDEO CONTENT IN ADVANCE OR WHILE TEACHING. STUDENTS CAN BENEFIT FROM VIEWING THEIR PRESENTATIONS. A GREAT TOOL FOR COLLABORATION, PROJECT BASED LEARNING, AND COMMUNICATION SKILL BUILDING. -Dr. Patricia Riola