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Peer Review


Fuse for Camtasia Relay App for iOS

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality:
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: Fuse for Camtasia Relay is an iPad app that records video and audio using the iPad’s built-in camera and microphone. Recordings are uploaded to and published via an institution’s Camtasia Relay server. As a result, an individual needs to have a Camtasia Relay profile assigned to him or her by their Relay Admin before recordings may be published and shared. Fuse may also be used to publish video captured with the iPad’s Camera app and stored in Photos. This app may appeal to educators looking to flip their classroom, supplement their instruction, bring in a guest speaker, or enable their students to share their knowledge via a video recording. The App is free. However, a Camtasia Relay server is needed in order to publish the presentations, and therein is the cost.
Learning Goals: Instructors and students may record video and audio with their iPads, upload their recordings to their institution’s Relay server, and share the link to those recordings with others.
Target Student Population: Fuse can be used with a variety of ages. However, it may be best suited for high school or higher education. All students can benefit from quality recordings.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Users must have access to and know how to navigate an iPad. Users also must have institutional Camtasia Relay account in order to publish presentations.
Type of Material: Fuse is a native App for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. It is a video recording tool that may be used to present content.
Recommended Uses: Instructors and students can use Fuse to create and deliver content outside face-to-face class sessions. Instructors and students could also use the app to record a face-to-face session for review outside class. An instructor could use Fuse to record student performances. It could be used instead of Camtasia Relay alone when an instructor uses the whiteboard instead of PowerPoint for a classroom lecture.
Technical Requirements: Fuse is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later and the app is optimized for iPhone 5. It requires a minimum of Camtasia Relay server 3.1 and a wireless internet connection.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating:
Strengths: Fuse for Camtasia Relay is used to generate content. The content will be determined by the instructor. He or she may use Fuse to record classroom lectures or other activities that do not use a computer screen.
Concerns: Instructors may need to assign students the task of recording each session since it is likely the instructor will be part of the video content.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Fuse has the potential to play an important role in capturing classroom activities. The instructor only needs to enter credentials the first time the app is used. After that, content can be captured quickly by pressing the record button. When pressed again, the instructor can enter a name for the clip and then submit it to the server for rendering. The iPad is available almost immediately to record another event. Most video capture apps on the iPad require the rending to be done on the iPad which then prohibits the iPad from being used for anything else until the rendering is complete. Later, the instructor will receive an email with links to the rendered files that can be shared in an email or on an LMS or blog.
Concerns: Once Fuse clips are submitted to Relay, they are not able to be edited without risking quality loss. If editing is important, you can record using the Camera app and then edit using iMovie. The edited video can be submitted to Relay for rendering. However, this means that the iPad is not immediately available for a new recording.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Fuse’s simple user interface makes the recording process easy. Users can even record a new video while a previous recording is simultaneously uploading to a Camtasia Relay server. Users may also upload existing videos stored within the iPad’s Photos. In order to view shared recordings, users must have access to the Internet. Recordings may be published to a variety of locations including Screencast.com, YouTube, and iTunes U (depends on Camtasia Relay user account profile settings). Content may be downloaded and viewed offline if the appropriate settings have been enabled on the site where the final recording resides. There is no question that this is an easy App to use. Once configured, all a user has to do is press the record button once to record and a second time to stop the recording. After naming the clip, it is submitted to the server. A link that can be shared with students will come in an email. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Concerns: Initial configuration may be confusing for some. To avoid any problems, users may want to set up the App in the presence of the instructional technology staff.

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