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  • The MILL

    The MILL (Media and Innovation Learning Lab) helps you create high quality teaching and learning resources in Northampton Square and in smaller facilities at Cass and SHS.

    The MILL provides equipment, facilities and expertise to staff interested in using media to enhance their teaching practice. We also provide support to students. Whether you are interested in audio, video or other visual content, The MILL has something to offer.

    Media for learning

    Increasingly, staff are looking for ways to incorporate video materials into their teaching. Video can be an engaging and effective medium for demonstrations and presentations.

    Sam DivallWe worked with Dr Sam Divall, who is a Research Fellow in Civil Engineering, to create a video demonstration of an experiment he conducts with students in the Engineering laboratories.

    Sam needed the students to perform the experiment with confidence and accuracy. As part of a project to create video resources documenting a range of Engineering experiments, we worked with him to film the experiment. The students now have a permanent resource to help them in the laboratory.

    Dr Steven TruxalDr Steven Truxal launched City's first fully-online programme, the LLM International Business Law, in 2015. Educational Technologists from LEaD worked with Steven and his programme team to create the materials from scratch.

    As part of this project we recorded a series of video-based messages and lectures to supplement the students' learning materials on Moodle. We also trained the staff in the use of software for webconferencing and podcasting. The students can connect with their lecturers remotely despite their geographically dispersed locations.

    Equipment and Facilities

    We have a range of equipment and facilities bookable by staff and students. After an induction, you can make a booking for our equipment and facilities, or work with us to develop your ideas and explore ways of enhancing your teaching practice using different media.

    Our new Digital Production Studio and Production Booths in LEaD's offices provide:

    • A soundproofed production studio with two 4K cameras, greenscreen and a control booth
    • A PC production booth and a Mac production booth, each with a professional microphone for audio recording. The booths have all necessary software for video editing, screencasting and webconferencing
    • The SHS "miniMILL" in Myddelton Street
    • The Production Booth at Bunhill Row

    We have a range of equipment available for loan by staff (and by prior arrangement with staff, for students):

    • A Sony camcorder kit comprising a 4K camcorder,  wireless microphone and tripod
    • A Sony handycam kit comprising a 4K handycam, wired microphone and tripod
    • Audio recorders
    • GoPRO action camera

    Make a request to loan equipment or facilities on ServiceNow