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Recording in DIY-studio

To support the development of courses enhanced with blended learning, Educate-it offers teachers and students the use of Do-It-Yourself recording studios in the city centre and at De Uithof. These DIY studios are open to teachers and students from any UU faculty wanting to record their own knowledge clips:

  • DIY Buys Ballot building Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) Studio 3.25
  • DIY Descartes building Studio 2.01 (Closed till August 1st 2018)
  • DIY Hugo R. Kruyt building Studio Z4.05
  • DIY KNG80 Studio 1.03
  • DIY University Library Studio 2.48

Support from an Educate-it specialist during recording is available upon request.

All DIY studios are included in the Outlook calendar. As a teacher, you can see the availability of the studios in a glance.

Booking a DIY-studio (Office 365, Windows10, Outlook online):

  1. Go to Calender in Outlook.
  2. Click Open Calendar in the menu
  3. Search From Room List: the studio you want to reserve should start with 'DIY'.
  4. Add the calendar from Studio en verify the availability.
  5. Create an appointment in your own calendar (Not the Studio's!).
  6. Select Invite Attendees and look for the DIY studio in the To field. Add the DIY studio as an attendee.
  7. Send the appointment. You will receive a confirmation of your reservation and you'll be able to see the appointment in the studio's calendar.

Booking A DIY studio:

  1. Go to Calendar/Agenda in Outlook.
  2. In the top menu, click Open Calendar/Agenda Openen.
  3. In the section From Room List/Uit Kamerlijst, you can choose the studio you want (they all start with 'DIY').
  4. Print the confirmation and show it when you pick up the key or show the confirmation on your smartphone

There are five DIY studios:

  • DIY Buys Ballot building Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) Studio 3.25
  • DIY Descartes building Studio 2.01
  • DIY Hugo R. Kruyt building Studio Z4.05
  • DIY KNG80 Studio 1.03
  • DIY University Library Studio 2.48



The studio in the Buys Ballot building is part of the Teaching and Learning Lab. Next to a DIY studio, it also provides other educational features. UU-employees and students can reserve the DIY-studio using the reservationform. UU-employees can check the availability of the DIY-studio using Outlook (Buys Ballotgebouw 3.25), though they will not be able to make a reservation that way. If you have questions don't hesitate to send an e-mail to tll.studio@uu.nl.

The studio in the University Library can be used by both students and teachers. The other studios can only be used by teachers. When you go to record your video, please remember to bring your library card. UBU staff need the card to confirm your booking.

The studio in the Hugo R. Kruyt building is administered by Elly Langewis. Teachers can pick up the key in room Z4.06. Don't forget to tune in with Elly in advance about when you'll pick up the key, to avoid she will not be there, via E.A.Langewis@uu.nl.

You can collect the key and card for the KNG80 studio at reception, which is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. After picking up the key and card, follow the signs to room 1.03. When you open the door, the light switch will be on your left. There’s a ventilation switch as well. Please note that there are steps at the entrance to the studio!

The key for the studio at the UCU Campus at the Descartes Building 2.01 can be picked up at the U.S.E. secretariat. The U.S.E. secretariat can be found in the Adam Smith Building, room 0.02, Kriekenpitplein 21-22, 3584EC Utrecht (past the swing doors, on the right).


DIY Studio - KNG80

The DIY studio is equipped with a professional camera, two 27" screens, a UU desktop pc with Mediamission installed, a keyboard and mouse, an adjustable desk and desk chair, a monitor swing arm, an adjustable tripod for the camera, a user-friendly desktop microphone and a wireless clip-on microphone. All DIY studios have identical video rear panels. Also present are blackout curtains, lighting, a coat rack, clock, whiteboard and mirror.

Things to do before you'll record in a DIY studio:

  1. Request a MyMediaSite account using this link.
  2. Carefully read the MyMediaSite user manual.
  3. Get support from your faculty Educate-it ambassador when you use a studio for the first time. These ambassadors advise teachers on using e-lectures in their classes (see ‘Support’).
  4. Watch the instructional video on using the DIY studio at UCU.
  5. You need a UBU library card to borrow the key to the DIY studio in the library. You can request one at any of the service desks in the library. A library card is free for students (who can show a valid student card) and teachers (who can show valid identification).

In the DIY studio:

  1. Log into your UU account on the desktop pc in the studio.
  2. Using your own laptop in the DIY studio is not currently supported, so make sure that you have your presentation on a thumb drive or saved to the O-drive.
  3. Ensure you have everything you need in order to give your presentation. You can put your PowerPoint presenter’s notes up on a screen in the studio.
  4. Consider your jewellery and attire when you go to record. A bracelet or steel watch, for instance, may cause unwanted noise when it strikes the desk.
  5. Don’t wear clothing with narrow stripes, squares or diamond patterns on the day of your recording. These create an extremely distracting moiré effect on camera. Similarly, it’s best to avoid super-bright or very dark colours (especially black). Necklaces and shawls can also get in the way.