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Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning to host studio open house Feb. 15

Feb. 10, 2017, 3:03 PM

The new VIDL Studio at Warren College allows faculty, students and staff to create their own educational videos. (Vanderbilt University)

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) will host an open house for the VIDL Studio at Warren College on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

The VIDL studio opened in January 2016 to all Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty, staff and students. To date, the VIDL studio has more than 130 members (i.e., anyone who has completed the training to use the studio) across the Vanderbilt community.

The studio is based on a self-serve model that allows members with basic computer skills to use the studio to produce high-quality, finished video ready for distribution.

Jeff Shoup, the studio manager notes, “The idea originated from the concept of students as producers. Video is increasingly an essential form of communication. Faculty may want to produce content for their on-campus courses and beyond. Many students and staff groups have been able to make use of the studio. The studio incorporates the use of a computer control app. We have been able to create custom controls that are easy to use without prior knowledge about cameras, lighting or audio.”

During the Feb. 15 open house, VIDL will demonstrate the newest features of the studio, including the lightboard and live streaming functions. Karisa Calvitti, production assistant says, “The lightboard tool is great for those who use a whiteboard or a chalkboard in their presentations. It allows users to write as they would on a white or chalk board.” With the addition of live streaming, “members will be able to stream any number of services, including YouTube and Facebook, interact with their audience, and record the entire session to be distributed like any other video created in the studio.”

The ongoing innovations to studio technology are part of a larger effort to support the educational technologies pillar of the Academic Strategic Plan.

To find out more about the open house or to become a member, visit

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