Paul Riismandel is a media producer and consultant with 20 years of experience in higher education. He is co-founder of RadioSurvivor.com and reports on radio and online media.
Articles for Paul Riismandel
What Higher Education Can Learn From Podcasts: How to Go Long
22 Aug 2016
Why do long-form video lectures get dull in a hurry, while long-form podcasts remain engaging? Because podcasts are built on conversations.
Online Students Do Not Learn By Video Alone, Finds Study
21 Jun 2016
Streamed lectures, it turns out, are a poor replacement for classroom learning. To help students absorb what they hear, add interactive activities to the curriculum.
Educational Videographers Need to Make Time for Creativity
04 Nov 2015
While the school year is a hectic one for video teams, it's important to carve out a few hours to meet together and think creatively about upcoming projects.
Found in Translation: How to Stream Video in Multiple Languages
09 Dec 2014
Reach out to an international audience. Here are video translation steps to follow for strong results, as well as expert tips for high quality.
It's Elementary: Schools Should Teach Basic Video Literacy
09 Dec 2014
Just as today's workers need to know how to write a clear and effective report, tomorrow's workers will need to know how to present their message on video.
Colleges Need to Teach the Teachers to Produce Quality Video
28 May 2014
Technical snafus can disrupt lectures and frustrate instructors. For strong results, colleges and universities need to think about training ahead of time.
Learning by Design: Go Beyond Performance in Educational Video
13 Dec 2013
Anyone creating educational online videos should discover the principals of instructional design, which emphasize what the student learns.
Attention Universities: It's Time to Kill the Lecture!
23 Sep 2013
Lectures are outdated, ineffective, and just plain dull. Online video is ready to take over, delivering information in a far better way.
How to Create a Video Strategy for Colleges and Universities
29 Nov 2012
Captions, interactivity, and lifespan management should all be part of a comprehensive video strategy.
Higher Education Needs an Online Video Strategy, Too
28 Sep 2012
Colleges and universities need to think about their streaming video needs, just like businesses do. Here are the factors to consider and the questions to ask.
Higher Education Faces a Storm of Change with Video at the Center
11 Apr 2012
Video is transforming how college students learn, but creating a video strategy takes careful planning.
Lecture Capture: A Bold Idea to Make Classroom Learning Flexible
03 Feb 2012
Recording lectures for use out of the classroom seems to help in-classroom performance.
Educators and Students Benefit from Video's Power to Connect
17 Aug 2011
Whether it's in the classroom or not, video can play an important role for teachers, students and coaches, helping them build one-on-one connections.
Online Video E-Portfolios are Coming into Their Own
11 Apr 2011
Schools that provide a seamless, video-rich e-portfolio are giving their students a leg up in advancing to colleges and the job market
Class Act: Learning in HD
02 Nov 2010
Class Act: Learning in HD
20 Oct 2010
Despite the move towards HD for online video, there are still use cases where SD is the best fit
Class Act: It’s Not About the Equipment
07 Sep 2010
Class Act: Where’s the Teaching Camera of Today?
02 Jan 2010
Class Act: Form to Enhance Function
27 Oct 2009
Class Act: On Production Values and Flipping Burgers
11 Aug 2009
There's a tangle of ideas embedded in the concept of production values.
Class Act: Preserving Your Video Legacy
09 Apr 2009
With the last distributor of new VHS movies giving up the format, it is time for educational institutions to think about what video they have stored in this medium.
Advanced Learning: Education Year in Review
12 Feb 2009
The use of video in higher education has moved beyond mere lecture capture.
Futurewatch: Education—Critical Decisions
12 Feb 2009
2009 will be the year educational media goes beyond podcasts and becomes truly mobile.
Adobe's New eLearning Suite
20 Jan 2009
The Adobe eLearning Suite, which includes the brand-new Captivate 4, takes aim at both rich media presentation tools and conferencing/collaboration platforms with offerings that should appeal to both academic users and enterprise training departments.
Tues., Jan. 20, by Paul Riismandel
Class Act: What Makes for Compelling Video?
02 Dec 2008
Faculty profile videos are a good way to get people excited about your institution, but only if you have something to show.
Tues., Dec. 2, by Paul Riismandel
Class Act: Educating the Next Generation of Online Media Makers
03 Nov 2008
The maturation of online media will demand an increasing level of sophistication in production, design, and distribution. So who's training our future online media innovators?
Mon., Nov. 3, by Paul Riismandel
Class Act: Intellectuals' Property Rights
30 Sep 2008
How should we balance protection and openness when it comes to educators' intellectual property?
Tues., Sept. 30, by Paul Riismandel
Class Act: Is DIY the Way to Go for Educational Institutions?
27 Jun 2008
With a DIY approach to online video, you're substituting one resource for another—time for money. It's not a bad equation, particularly if your institution is just testing the waters, but it is wise to recognize that trade-off at the start and budget learning time as an investment in your school's online success.
Fri., June 27, by Paul Riismandel
Class Act: What's Your Digital Media Strategy?
20 Apr 2008
These days, most learning institutions take the necessity of investing in their websites seriously. But when it comes to digital media, I feel like it’s 1998 all over again.
15 Feb 2008
To CDN or not to CDN? That is the question for schools in 2008.
Gimme Five: Rich Media Presentation Systems for Education and the Enterprise
15 Feb 2008
By carefully assessing your needs and comparing them against the features of these five rich media presentation systems, you're likely to find one that meets your requirements.
Tues., April 15, by Paul Riismandel
How to Manage Video Content in Higher Education
15 Feb 2008
Managing online video content isn't simple, easy, or cheap. Yet, when the use of dynamic content management systems (CMSs) for websites has trickled down within reach of every blogger, it’s frustrating to realize that the same kind of management for digital media has not necessarily made the same journey, especially in education.
Class Act: We're Educational Media Professionals
15 Dec 2007
What's in a name? Plenty, and it's time that those of us whose job is to coordinate digital media to make their case.
Class Act: The Future of Educational Video?
21 Nov 2007
It's time digital media becomes an adjunct to writing for college students and instructors, and schools, colleges, and universities should provide basic audio and video production skills.
Fri., Nov. 16, by Paul Riismandel
Class Act: ROI in the EDU
15 Aug 2007
Increasingly, educational technologists are asked to weigh the costs in money and labor of technologies with tangible, demonstrable returns.
Changing in a Flash
15 Jun 2007
Just because Flash Video has leapt to the forefront of consumer content delivery doesn't mean it's time to abandon all other formats within the academy.