January, 2015

Topic: All About Videos

Date: Monday, January 12, 2014


We have all heard the expression “Lights, camera, action!” Have you ever had the opportunity to produce a video from conception to .MVP file? Robb Jacobs has helped a variety of organizations convey important messages that train and inspire others. Robb has over 25 years of video production experience and will share some tips on planning, production, editing and the increasing use of animations in video. In fact, Rivertown is no longer using tapes in shooting video…they are completely digital now.

Nancy Hendrickson will discuss the growth of video use within learning environments; instructional types of video and lecture recordings, including methods of capturing video for people not trained as video technologists; and various methods of delivering video within organizations. After that, she will describe an inexpensive form of captioning which was used at St. Kate’s to add closed-captioning files without using a formal service.

Jothan Sargent will describe the use of video captioning for hearing-impaired learners and how audio scene description can be added to accommodate visually-impaired learners so they can imagine the video in their mind. He will also share some examples and discuss how to play video natively in browsers using HTML5.



Robb Jacobs is the President and founder of Rivertown Communications in Stillwater, MN. For more than 25 years, Robb has been designing, creating, and delivering technology-based training materials, including eLearning courses, web-delivered educational content, and video productions. Robb is an experienced script writer and instructional designer. Credits include productions for the Minnesota Secretary of State, most State of Minnesota Departments, Center for Disease Control (CDC), USDA, Parsons Electric, Stearns County, and the British Home Office.

Nancy Hendrickson is the Director of Academic Technology at St. Catherine University, where she leads a team of instructional designers and academic technologists in support of digital learning. She has been involved in designing instruction for online learners for nearly twenty years, both in academic and business settings, and is passionate about engaging students through active learning strategies. Before coming to St. Kate’s, she worked for Seward Learning Inc. in Minneapolis and in a “former life” was a special education teacher who worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She holds Master’s degrees in Educational Psychology along with Curriculum and Instructional Systems from the University of Minnesota.

Jothan Sargent is the Lead Programmer at Rivertown Communications. Jothan has over fifteen years of experience developing computer-based instruction. Jothan’s expertise includes ColdFusion, ASP, PHP, JavaScript, PERL, HTML, HTML5, VB Script, Flash, Dreamweaver, SQL Server, MySQL, MS Access, Pathlore LMS, Prosperity LMS, SCORM-compliant LMS, JAWS, and the DHS system.  Jothan has a degree in Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas.

Material from the Presentation Below is a link to the PowerPoint slide decks used by the facilitators of this presentation.