Today I started to record the ‘online’ lectures for the course NanoMagnetism that I taught offline for the last few year. I also decided to a major overhaul of the course by switching to another book. The all time favourite of mine “Magnetism in Condensed Matter” by Stephen Blundell. I will still use Mike Coey’s MMM but as reference not as learning material. I love book Mike, but it is not really written for an introductory course for condensed matter magnetism.
In the image above a screenshot of the final student view, the platform is called Panopto and it allows for direct face and ppt visualisation. Moreover it allows student to change the speed of the video between 0.5 and 2.0x speed so I either sound like I am high on Helium or low on SF6. I really hope this ‘online’ platform will be appreciated by the students. There will be less interaction during the video’s but I hope more during the Q&A afterwards. Moreover, it will on the long term be more efficient for me and the students as everything can be studied, re-viewed and for me recorded separately and in multiple takes. Moreover, I hope I can keep the revision cycle going where the video’s can be optimised every year following the feedback from the students.
So all in all an exciting and fun new development for me, it however does take massive amounts of time, but gladly train the new generation of PhD students to work with me in the lab, it all startes here!
Please let me know your thoughts or experiences by responding to this post, I am happy to hear your thoughts, tips, tops, etc…!
PS: Yes I will re-record this video with a more sexy shirt and a better background i.e. not my cluttered attic ;)!