The Innovation Studio is a bookable space for Leeds University Business School staff to escape the distractions of their everyday working environment, allowing them to focus their attention on the production of high-quality, distinctive and sustainable multimedia resources to complement their teaching.
The Studio is found in Charles Thackrah building, close to the main Business School building, and can be used in a multitude of ways – for video production, podcasting, recording screencasts, or running online lectures using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
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The Studio's primary use is for the production of multimedia resources to support student education at Leeds University Business School. Requesting to book the studio is simple, just follow three easy steps:
In the staging area of the Studio we have a green screen, studio lighting, and excellent audiovisual recording hardware that will give your final resource distinction.
When recording video content in the Studio you will work with a Learning Technologist to ensure that the final resource meets your expectations and objectives – you will collaborate on a script that communicates your message clearly and succinctly – and on the day you will deliver that script to camera through a teleprompter, ensuring that you never break gaze from the viewer but still deliver an accurate message.
On the day you will be made to feel comfortable in the studio, we have experience of getting the best out of the academics we work with, and will always ensure you are happy with the final product you receive.
One of the first questions a colleague will be asked by us when they request to record a video will be, “does it need to be a video?“, and it is often the case that there is no visual supporting material required to convey a message.
When this is the case we will always advise colleagues to produce a podcast – it is quicker to plan, less labour intensive to produce, and it is often the case that the production process is much more relaxed and natural. It also gives students the opportunity to consume the content flexibly, for example whilst walking to campus or to work.
We have worked with academic colleagues to produce excellent podcasts do not distract students from your ideas and explanation with unnecessary visual content – we have also worked with academics and students to produce fantastic testimonials about group study, work placements and many more topics.
In the Studio we have a small meeting table, comfortable chairs and radio-style boom-microphones. We will make you and your interviewee(s) feel comfortable in an environment that is conducive to discussion and discovery and help to ensure your final resource is deployed securely and successfully.
Screen Recordings and Online Lectures
We can also help you independently produce screen recordings and deliver online learning via Collaborate Ultra in Minerva.
The Studio has a high-powered PC with dual-screen set up, for use with the institutional Mediasite Desktop Recorder software, on which you can record screencasts, slideshows with either/both audio / video elements. You can use this same set up to deliver online learning sessions.
We have a high-quality USB microphone available to use with either platform, and quality speakers to listen back and critique the work you produce. The Studio has internal curtaining to soften acoustic reflections in the room, ensuring that the key focus of students won’t be the church-hall-like reverb on your resulting resource, but that it will be your voice and explanations.
The Innovation Studio is managed by the Enhancement and Innovation team – and projects are all subject to approval by the Enhancement and Innovation Manager. The reason for this is that the Studio is only a part of the Learning Technologist role, and as such any project undertaken in the Studio has to be carefully considered to ensure it meets the aims and objectives of the team and is able to be resourced.
Please read on to find out how to book the Innovation Studio, and to read the Studio Policy.
View the booking form using the link below, please bear in mind that you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood the booking procedure and studio policy, this includes ensuring that you have checked that the studio is available prior to making your booking request.
Open the Innovation Studio booking request form (opens in a new tab)