GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Term Project - Mini-Conference + Continue Working on Final Version


Mini-Conference Assignment

As indicated in the term project assignment instructions at the start of this class, I want to cap off this term with an online mini-conference. Each of you will have the opportunity to present a very brief slideshow to your classmates that describes your term project.

The most reasonable way for us to see multiple presentations given our scheduling constraints is for each of you to record your short talk on your computer and share a link to your video in Canvas. I will then create a video collection here that all of us can easily browse.

You will need to email a link to your video to 'Teachers' in Canvas at the end of Lesson 9 - this is just a heads up to get started sooner, rather than later on this task as it requires a bit of technology prep and practice on your part.

Guidelines for Your Video

  • Must be no longer than five minutes (no exceptions!).
  • Outline the topic you chose, brief background, and key contributions of your work.
  • Your voice-over should cover the details. Use your slides for key points only and to present graphics and photos that help explain the story.
  • Do not try to go into extreme detail in five minutes - the idea here is to provide a quick teaser to your work that would entice someone to read your final report.
  • Creativity is encouraged!

To Make your Video

  • Go to the Screencast-O-Matic (SCOM) website. You can watch a quick demo before you get started. You should use the FREE service, which is linked at the bottom of the home page. You may choose to use another screen capture software program if you prefer. You should just make sure that you can save your finished file as an MP4 for submission for this course. 
  • Second, record your screen while you give your five-minute slideshow or demonstration (make sure the slides are visible and the audio is clear - using a headset microphone is normally the best way to ensure decent audio quality).
  • Third, save it as a video file when you are done recording. You should save it as an MP4, and give it an appropriate, descriptive filename. Then click the green Publish button.

To Share Your Video

  1. Once your video has been downloaded to your computer, go to and log in using your Penn State User ID and password.
  2. Click the blue Upload button in the upper left part of your screen.
  3. Once your video has uploaded, click Share and set it to share with People with the link
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  4. Take that link, and email it (using Canvas) to GEOG 583 Teachers>All in Teachers.
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  5. Once I receive your video, I'll add it manually to the Lesson 10 Mini-Conference Canvas page for everyone to see.

Term Project - Continue Working on Final Version

At this point, you should be well on your way toward finishing your final term project paper. If you have already finished, consider having a classmate or a colleague at work read your final draft and offer feedback. This is a great way to check for spelling and grammatical errors, and it's also a great way to find out how well you are communicating your ideas.

As always, if you run into trouble and need some help, please e-mail me or post a page comment.