Andreas Forsberg and Suzanne Pathkiller in Studio Blåsenhus, a studio that got up and running in autumn of 2022. Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt.2022-11-03
Studio Blåsenhus – Video and Audio Recording at the University
Studio Blåsenhus got up and running in the autumn of 2022. The studio is able to record lectures, meetings, panel discussions, podcasts, and more, as well as broadcast them live.
The IT Board gave unanimous support to the Studio Blåsenhus project in February 2021. In June of the same year, a Vice Chancellor's decision was made to start Studio Blåsenhus in project format. The whole project originated from the increasing need for support in the recording and live broadcast of lectures during the pandemic. The pandemic changed our behaviours. The project aims to take advantage of these new ways of meeting digitally.
"It was the former Vice Chancellor, Eva Åkesson, who initiated everything", says Suzanne Pathkiller, who heads the project together with Mats Cullhed, both of them educational developers. "Eva Åkesson learned how to set up a simple studio in the Ekonomikum building. She thought it was a good idea, and wanted to equip a studio to provide teachers with coaching and training in recording technology."
Procedures and competence are available
A project group has been working together with Atea on setting up Studio Blåsenhus since autumn 2021. In terms of equipment, the studio was around 97 per cent complete by October 2022. The reasons for building the studio in Blåsenhus were the established competence and procedures in the laboratory classroom.
"Using established procedures for educational and technical support will enhance efficiency", says Suzanne Pathkiller. "We prefer to use existing competence, while aiming to think long-term."
Andreas Forsberg was recruited as technician and technical support and he operates the studio. He says the technology in the studio is user-friendly and describes the set-up in the studio:
"The studio consists of different work stations for video and audio recording. We can record podcasts here. We have high-level desks and a special teaching board with a writing/drawing surface for recording lessons, for example. A normal whiteboard doesn't work particularly well for video. The studio's sofa suite is suitable for recording panel discussions. And we can record, stream and broadcast live. In addition, the studio can be managed by a teacher, by someone hiring it independently, or with assistance from a technician."
The studio is primarily intended for use by teachers who can be given technical and educational support on-site before, during and after a recording or live stream session as they choose. However, Suzanne Pathkiller and Andreas Forsberg say that anyone at the university who wants to make a recording can book the studio. All bookings are preceded by a meeting.
"There is already great interest in booking the studio", says Suzanne Pathkiller, "so in future we may have to prioritise."
Andreas Forsberg adds:
"The studio is currently booked by students who want to record podcasts as part of their courses and study programmes, teachers who want to record lectures in history, and master's programmes at Ångström Laboratory, and by teachers on a teacher education programme, to name but a few examples. The studio invites participation in many different and creative projects."
"We also plan to run open courses according to a government decision, as well as internal training courses for colleagues", says Suzanne Pathkiller.
Facts, further reading and contact
Studio Blåsenhus drivs som ett projekt sedan 2021 och till och med 2023. Senast vid halvårsskiftet 2023 ska projektet avrapporteras till rektor.
Studio Blåsenhus has been run as a project since 2021, which continues up to and including 2023. A report on the project is to be submitted to the Vice Chancellor by no later than mid-2023.
Studio Blåsenhus is not just intended to be a studio. It will also be able to serve as a model for commissaries that want to set up one or more studios on their campuses. The idea is also to build on the collaboration between the university's existing studios at MedfarmDoIT and Campus Gotland, among others.
During the project period, the studio can be booked free-of-charge for courses and study programmes and research. This will include educational and technical support. The support is offered not only during recording, but also before and after the recording session or project.