LearningSpace Recording – Room View – Window Layout Settings

LearningSpace Recording – Room View – Window Layout Settings

The LearningSpace team has provided its users with advanced control and flexibility for viewing video and debriefing content. LearningSpace allows for a highly customizable viewing interface and allows users to saved the window layouts for optimal viewing and interaction.  The saved window layout settings can include streaming video sizing, controlled panel display visibility and size of FON data entry, annotations, intercom or recording panels. These customizable features allow viewers to meet the goals of defined their cases.

LS_windowlayoutsettingsWindow Layout Settings:

The Window Layout Settings feature was introduced in the LearningSpace 2014 spring release and provides visibility control and window control over the live and video review window interfaces.

Access to the Window Layout Setting tool can be found on the Live View and Video Review upper tool bar with the multiple window icon.

Click the multiple window icon for the Window Layout Settings to display the Panel Visibility Controls, Window Visibility Controls and Advanced Settings options.


Panel Visibility:

The Panel Visibility Control allows users to show or hide the Record Control, Intercom, Annotations and Data Entry panels. This produces the same results as when clicking the panel tabs on the left side of the video viewing interface.

Window Visibility Control:
The Window Visibility Controls area can show or hide the capture devices in the window layout and resize the devices in the layout. This is very useful for enabling or hiding capture devices including cameras, display captures, waveforms, trend charts and event logs. The hiding of windows does not effect the room recording and it only effects the visible viewing interface.

Advanced Settings:
Advanced Settings allows users to select the “Automatically display annotation panel while recording” and provides the ability to modify the panel and window display options.  Additionally and possibly most valuable, the Advanced Settings allows the saving of layouts and load layouts for future use.

From the Advanced Settings option a user can save or load a user’s preferred layout setting. It is important to understand that after using a saved layout the individual user will retain these settings when returning to the room.  The layout last used will be saved and loaded the next time the user accesses the same room. This part of the window layout is both a blessing and a curse to users.  On one hand it is nice to have the ability to configure saved layouts but it also requires a manual selection of new presets depending on the device being used for viewing and the content and assessment needed for the case.

Advantages:
Provides customized window layout presets for cameras.
Provides customized panel controls for intercom, recording and assessment.
Allows layouts that automatically display or hide annotations when video recording begins.

Disadvantage:
Loading saved presets layouts is difficult to access
Last layout used remains active when returning to room.
Any user with live video or video review access can modify the saved layout presets.

Concerns:
The Window Layout Settings Advance Settings provides customizable and saved layouts.
Currently the LearningSpace Windows Layout Setting is saved by the User and Room combination.  This solution requires a users to fully understand how to enable and utilize the saved layouts in Windows Layout Settings.

As of the Fall of 2015 the layout setting will always follow the setting used last in the room. As an example if a Faculty member (Dr. T) utilizes a “Default” layout for Exam Room 1. Then the “Default” layout will display when Dr. T views Exam room 1 in both live view and in video review.  If Dr. T later sets the layout for a tablet size screen with saved layout “Tablet 2 Camera FON” for further video review and evaluation from a mobile location this will set the layout to a compatible setting for tablets and the feedback necessary.  Next let’s consider Dr. T returns to a desktop machine with a 24″ display  for a new case with annotations but the layout will still display as the “Tablet 2 Camera FON”. Dr. T will then need to select layout “Large screen 2 Camera Annotations” for Exam Room 1 for the new case.  With this method Dr. T will need to go to Window Layout Settings often based on the device used and evaluation feedback goals.

Suggestions:
I wondered if the layout should react a little more responsively based on device resolution and the assessment or feedback goals. Is there a reason that window layout settings are currently defined based on the room variable and continually stored on User and Room combination?  I currently don’t recommend using the Advanced Setting unless the user is prepared to deal with some of the disadvantages.
The window layout settings is a very useful tool and provides complete customizable interface control for video viewing.  I feel that with a few minor tweaks this feature could be made into an absolutely amazing tool for all faculty, facilitators and learners. It will be very interesting to see how the LearningSpace team continues to add features to the video viewing interface.

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