The Little Studio That Could: How a break room was converted to a studio to record professors and their presentations.

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

How a small break room at a major university was converted into a studio to film faculty and their presentations, and how it propelled the department to develop a full-service technologically-advanced studio. Discussion includes equipment needs, implementation, keys to functionality, facilitating faculty needs, ease of use, and expected costs.


Jerimy Sherin is the production manager for the Greenwood Center for Online Excellence at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. For over nine years, he has worked with faculty to develop multimedia content for online, flipped, and blended courses. He also coordinates the efforts of faculty, video producers, and instructional designers to identify, visualize, and implement opportunities for video creation within all Spears Online courses. He has worked in IT for twenty years, including companies such as HP and AT&T, and has spent over a decade supporting educational institutions. An average of 50 videos per week are created in the studio he operates at the Spears School of Business, and those videos are edited, rendered, and available for streaming within 48 hours of recording. His production unit has created over 13,000 videos for more than 150 different courses. He holds a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism and a master’s degree in educational technology.

Extended Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, countless institutions across the country discovered a ready consumer base for their online courses, and realized an unlimited potential for their content, instruction, and video delivery of their classes. Similarly, these institutions found the hurried pace to quickly create content to be an extremely stressful process, while their students found the educational material in video instruction to be lackluster and lacking intellectual value. In order to prepare for future classroom disruptions, and to take advantage of the flexibility of online learning, many institutions are looking to develop quality recording solutions in order to make visually-appealing and pedagogically-sound video instruction materials. This presentation centers on the acquisition and implementation of dedicated studio recording spaces, logistics, and equipment and personnel needs. Discussion topics include planning, organization, management, pricing, and cost-saving measures. Practical application and coordination strategies will be discussed and demonstrated using examples from real-world experiences from the speaker’s institution. Question and answer periods will cover start-from-scratch planning and content creation workflow suggestions, along with pedagogical content delivery solutions.