One of the coolest recent features I feel that Studio has adopted to enhance its learning value is for the instructor to add annotations to the timeline. These can be used to hyperlink to an external weblink of relevant usefulness, or to mark the beginning or end of "chunks" of learning in a lengthy recording. To accommodate a student who had an excuse to be absent for a once-a-week class, I recorded the lecture and placed annotation "bullets" on the timeline for the aforementioned purposes. I have seen evidence (through Studio analytics) that the student has watched the video. But I have also discovered that he cannot select any of the bulleted annotations to skip to portions of the video. He has to scrub the timeline, which is not easy to do in Studio.
I believe it would provide both a convenience and enhancement to learning for the student to skip around the timeline of a lengthy Studio video by selecting (clicking) annotations (in the form of timeline bullets or bubbles) created by the instructor. At least it would be useful to click on an annotation and reveal its information on the screen for the student (if any provided by the instructor), to make decisions for purposes of self-paced learning. "Self-paced" is a concept that we need to remind ourselves is fundamental to online learning. Thanks for listening, Glen Gummess, Ed.D. University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
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