Conference Wrap-Up

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Blogging, Conferences, Flip Ultra, Free, Google, Higher Education, Social Media, Speaking, Thoughts | Posted on 19-06-2008-05-2008


The Innovative Educators Conference, which wraps up tomorrow with a presentation by Brian Niles of TargetX fame, has been a great one. Val, Erin and Pam from IE did a great job putting the conference together and keeping everything rolling. The food was the best conference food I’ve had. A night out to the Reds/Dodgers game with all you can eat food and drinks was a nice touch too.

Here are the links I went through for those of you that were in my 2 presentations on Wednesday. Again, if you have any questions, please email me at bradjward(at)gmail(dot)com.

I Can Do THAT With Google?:

Blogging 201: Taking It To The Next Level: and

Also, here is the image used during the Social Media Roundtable with Brad and Matt:

(Click Image to Enlarge)

It’s always great to connect with new people. I also got to catch up with Mark, Matt, and Brian and we had several really great conversations about a huge range of topics. I’ve always been big on the value of face time, and this event has not disappointed. I was also able to line up a webinar on this coming Tuesday night with an MBA class at Morehead State University, so it’s time to start on that slide deck.

One month until eduWeb! Who all is going to be there? I’d love to meet more of you.

First time visiting my blog?  Subscribe to future posts by RSS or by email!

Give them more than the expected.

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Blogging, Conferences, Ethics, Facebook, Flip Ultra, Google, Logo, Marketing, Research, Social Media, Speaking, Technology, Tuition, Usability, YouTube | Posted on 04-06-2008-05-2008


Let’s talk a little bit about expectations of an admission website, and the evolving nature of it. I’m going to speak in terms of the Whole Product Concept, which some of you might be familiar with. It looks like this:

Read the rest of this entry »

Blogger Chat on Wednesday

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Blogging, Flip Ultra, Recruitment | Posted on 28-01-2008-05-2008


Just a heads up – I’m hosting a chat on Wednesday from 7-9pm starring the infamous Butler Bloggers (at least that’s what they say). If you want to lurk and see what kind of questions are being asked, leave a comment and I’ll send you the invite. We invited 25K students in hopes of a 1% success rate. Going to have the Flip Ultra there and upload videos of the Bloggers chatting with students as we go, so that should be fun.

Flip Ultra = Thumbs Up.

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Blogging, Flip Ultra, Higher Education, Marketing, Recruitment, Technology, Vlogging, Web, YouTube | Posted on 28-01-2008-05-2008


The first videos from the Flip Ultra are now online at YouTube. Christina took the camera for the weekend, and in 3 short days we now have video of:

  • Butler Basketball Game
  • Places to eat near campus
  • Inside Clowes Hall during a performance
  • Tour of sorority house

Tomorrow I have to tweak Community Server to allow the videos to be embedded dirSquaredPeg › Create New Post — WordPressectly into the blogs, but I’ve seen a few modules out there already.

Assuming this new venture continues to go well, next year each Blogger will have their own camera to use.  At only $150 each on Amazon, and a $15 Educator Discount, these cameras will soon catch on like wildfire in the Higher Ed ring.  Let me know how you are using Flip cameras at your school or are planning/wanting to use them!

Vlogging Guidelines

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Flip Ultra, Vlogging, YouTube | Posted on 24-01-2008-05-2008


A few people have asked me how I plan to go about the guidelines of vlogging, so I just wanted to throw this document up real quick.  It has a share-alike CC license on it, so feel free to suggest some additions or build off of it.

And remember, this is what the students get, not the administration. :)

Flip Ultra Test

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Flip Ultra, Higher Education, Marketing, Technology, Vlogging, YouTube | Posted on 24-01-2008-05-2008


So far, I’m pretty impressed with this little thing. Seriously, it’s tiny. Nice screen, 30fps, 640×480 shooting resolution, which is plenty for YouTube. I shot this video and plugged the Flip into my PC and uploaded to YouTube using their software. Part of me wonders if I could get a higher quality to YouTube if I shot it through iMovie rather than their software. I think 1 minute of filming came in around 20mb, but they compress it to a .wmv before uploading to YouTube. Anyways, here it is. Or rather, here I am.

Time for some vlogging

Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Blogging, Flip Ultra, Higher Education, Marketing, Recruitment, Vlogging, Web, YouTube | Posted on 23-01-2008-05-2008


At my last job I did a few vlogs (video blogs) with the bloggers, but the process was just difficult. They had to get the camcorder from the media lab, shoot their stuff (and really there wasn’t much going on around campus), get it back to me (if they remembered), then I had to edit it, compress it, upload it, send the embed code to them, and then they would post it. It was moderately successful, with one video having over 1,000 views to date. (YouTube ‘UIS Bloggers‘)

After hearing good things about the Flip Video Ultra Camcorder, I just went ahead and ordered one and it will be here tomorrow. I plan on giving it to the Bloggers whenever they want it for the day/weekend/night, and then letting them fly. Then they can just plug it in, create their clip, upload it to YouTube, and embed it.

Hopefully this turns out to be a good thing, and it wasn’t a waste of $160 for me. I figure I can always use it too. :)

PS: I went with Orange, but you can get White, Pink, or Black too.

PSS: Matt asked me on Twitter how I plan to go about distributing it, etc. Haven’t thought that far yet, so I’ll just share the email I sent to my bloggers:

Hey again!
Since there’s not really a place to check out a camcorder here on campus I went ahead and bought a Flip Ultra for you all to use. Anna has volunteered to be the first so she can pick it up tomorrow. I’ll get some sort of guidelines/usage together (i.e. don’t break it or tell my wife I bought it, hahaha!). Basically, just film small clips around campus that might help students better visualize what campus is like. Your room, your roommates, a small clip of a fun class, what lunchtime is like, a sporting event, a cool event you’re going to (PostSecret/Colin Powell anyone?), etc etc etc. Possibilities are endless. I’m really looking forward to what we can come up with using this!

PSSS: As far as where it goes:  Their Blogs, Facebook Blogger Fan Page, Facebook Butler University Fan Page, and YouTube. Maybe Twitter and Ning? Can you tell I’m still processing all of this as we start the journey?  Can you tell that I don’t need a 10 person committee to formulate my plan, and it will still turn out great?  Can you???? :)