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IAP 2014 Activities by Sponsor - Academic Media Production Services

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AMPS Media Makers Showcase

Amanda Justice

Jan/28 Tue 12:00PM-05:00PM Bush Room, 10-105

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

The staff of MIT's Academic Media Production Services (recently aligned within the Office of Digital Learning), will be showcasing and demonstrating a wide range of video capture technologies ranging from multi-stream lecture capture and delivery solutions, to HDSLR shooting techniques in support of documentary production, to our recently developed portable "studio in a box". We will be populating the Bush Room with a variety of exhibits featuring capture technologies from Sony Anycast, Wirecast from Telestream, Echo 360 media rich capture, Cuttura Capturecast,  and Canon-professional and pro-sumer DSLR and video cameras. We will also be sharing information about the inventory of technology equipped classrooms that AMPS maintains and operates.    

The Media Makers Showcase will also feature two 50-minute presentations, at 1PM Chris Boebel, AMPS Senior Producer and Manger of Multimedia Developement will share tips on visual storytelling and production planning, and at 3PM Harlan Reiniger, AMPS Operations Manager, will lead a presentation on Educational Media Design and Capture.  


 12 PM  - 1PM    Exhibits and demonstrations

 1PM - 2PM        Presentation - Video on the Web:Plan It, Make It, Share It

 2PM -3PM         Exhibits and demonstrations

 3PM - 4PM        Presentation - Educational Media Design and Capture

 4PM - 5PM        Exhibits and demonstrations

 Refreshments will be available. 

Sponsor(s): Academic Media Production Services
Contact: Amanda Justice,

Careers: Faculty Positions for Economists in Business Schools

Robert Gibbons, Roberto Rigobon

Jan/27 Mon 01:00PM-02:30PM E17-136

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

This session will discuss how several kinds of economists (in fields such as IO, applied micro, applied theory, macro, and international) have found productive professorial careers in several kinds of faculty groups (including economics, strategy, political economy, and international management) within several kinds of business schools (from Chicago to HBS, and many in between). Of course, a professorial career includes both research and teaching, so we will discuss how both may be somewhat different than in an economics department, but also how in many business schools the differences compared to a department are greater in terms of teaching than research.

Sponsor(s): Economics, Academic Media Production Services
Contact: Linda Woodbury, E18-201D, 617 253-8885, LWOODBUR@MIT.EDU

Design and Development of Media for edX

Sebastian Seung, Professor of Neuroscience

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/03
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

Come design the future of education.

In IAP 2012, the Seung lab hacked conventional approaches in neuroscience research by bringing it to the people. Since, we've inspired 100,000 people around the world to join the quest to map the brain - check out Now, we're hacking education.

9.01 Intro. Neuroscience is being taken online like no course has before. We believe that best in education doesn’t just mean the best in content. It means the best in people. Over IAP, we’re bringing together people from all areas of expertise to design, develop and star in media (games, simulations, videos) for 9.01X. You'll meet and work with people from Mass Art, Harvard, MIT and Berklee, and the work that you do in class with be featured on edX and in promotional materials. You'll also get a survey of the educational technology landscape with a speaker series throughout the course, featuring professors and designers of existing online courses.

If there's a particular resource that you need in order to make your idea happen, we can work with you to make it available. Anything is possible :) 

To get an idea of what we're working on, check out our demo video

Interested? Contact us and let us know how you can contribute to the best online course in the world.

Sponsor(s): Academic Media Production Services, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Arts and Sciences
Contact: Claire O'Connell, 46-5065, 650 380-5955, CEO@MIT.EDU

Educational Media Design and Capture

Amanda Justice

Jan/28 Tue 03:00PM-04:00PM Bush Room, 10-105

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: None

Don't miss the essential information you need to "up your game" in the ever-evolving world of educational media.  This presentation will provide an overview of the range of media capture services that AMPS provides in addition to exploring a number of "do it yourself"  approaches.  We'll demonstrate the wide range of new creative tools and cost-effective techniques that will realize your project with maximum impact. Get tips on performance, presentation and optimizing workflow. Get the maximum value from your media production budget. See you there! 

Sponsor(s): Academic Media Production Services
Contact: Amanda Justice, 617 253-0544,

Video on the Web: Plan it, Make it, Share it

Amanda Justice

Jan/28 Tue 01:00PM-02:00PM Bush Room

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: None


Lawrence Gallagher, Director, MIT Video Productions/AMPS

Chis Boebel, Manager, Multimedia Development, MIT Video Productions/AMPS

Amanda Justice, Operations Coordinator, MIT Video Productions/AMPS

Over 1 billion videos are watched online every day.  In a month, over 4 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube alone.  Online video accounts for more than 50% of mobile device traffic.  In the next three years, video is predicted to rise to account for more than 50% of ALL consumer Internet traffic.

It’s an online video world, and communications professionals at MIT, in higher education, and beyond, need to know how to effectively use the medium.  

This session will provide an introduction to the basics of video on the web:

Preparing: What are good uses for online video, and how can video play a role in a broader communication plan?  What does it take to produce a video? What about cost?

Short-form Storytelling: What are the elements of a good story? How can you effectively tell your story in a small package?  What are some optimal video lengths? What makes a video “viral”?

Production Basics: When does a DIY approach work?  What about working with professionals? What are some key technical issues and considerations?

Sharing Video: What are the most popular video platforms?  How can you integrate video with social media?

We’ll watch some cool videos, share tips, tricks, and best practices.  So bring your questions, your experiences, and your ideas.

Sponsor(s): Academic Media Production Services
Contact: Amanda Justice, NE48-308, 617-253-5475,