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Welcome to our website! Campus Automated Rich Media Archiving (CARMA) is not currently recording new material, but we encourage you to browse our video collection.

We also have a number of resources for recording presentations that you might find useful. Find "Links & Resources" in the sidebar or click here.

About CARMA

CARMA is a U-M service unit that preserves and distributes presentations on the web for our University customers.

Contact Us

To find out more about our services, contact us by phone or email:

CARMA Presentation Recording Service
Digital Media Commons, Suite 2161, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
734-647-5462 / carma-service@umich.edu

Background

In January 2009, CARMA became a unit of the Digital Media Commons and part of the University Library. One year later, CARMA began using software developed by the College of Engineering (CoE) which, along with upgraded hardware, produces higher-quality recordings and several enhancements requested by clients.

CARMA uses technology developed by the ATLAS Collaboratory Project to make knowledge available to physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland and around the world. See the ATLAS Collaboratory Project, the Atlas Project, and the Large Hadron Collider websites for more information.

Features of CARMA’s enhanced services include:

  • Visual aids are recorded as high-resolution videos, so web presentations show animations, movies, and transitions;
  • Web presentations are available in QuickTime format, as well as a higher-resolution Flash version;
  • Presentations can be downloaded to computers, iPods, and other devices for offline viewing;
  • Presentations can now be restricted to U-M affiliates through Kerberos authentication;
  • For presentations without visual aids, a large display showing only the presenter can be distributed, with a full-screen mode available;
  • Archiving is done in a standard format with non-proprietary encoding.

These improvements are possible through the generous support of CAEN, the College of Engineering’s Computer Aided Engineering Network.

CARMA technology in the classroom

Recorded lectures offer considerable advantages for students. In a recent study of student performance in an internet-based multimedia classroom, it was shown that performance improved significantly when recorded lectures were made available. The study also showed that when lectures were made available online, there was:

  • A nearly one-half point mean grade improvement;
  • A 36% increase in honors grades; and
  • A 56% reduction in failures.

(from Turner, Stephen and Michael Farmer. “Assessment of Student Performance in an Internet-Based Multimedia Classroom.”)