as worthwhile the idea and concept is…
On the assumption it goes ahead I fear the quality will vary massively which will ruin the vision.
Given we’re in lockdown we are limited to our homes to record such a lesson, on the assumption this is with a camera on so you can see the instructor/lecturer it will vary between CFAVs (in uniform where relevant) either sat down or stood up at a desk with laptop/webcam and hit record and if based on some of my work calls, won’t consider looking down the camera lens but wherever they choose around the monitor but rarely at the camera and thus at the audience.
There will be some who will take a very professional approach and set up a “studio” with a camera set up on a tripod to record with, standing in front of a white board/flip chart (or similar house hold alternative) and present to the camera as if presenting in a classroom.
There is then the editing required, moving between views, be it ppt slides, a white board or virtual board…most are able to record a video in selfie mode, but how many able to take snippets of footage and cut it around slides in a ppt with commetry?
Knowing some Wings I have been on some will offer complete support, others will take over control. Have all the kit to make it happen, yet insist it must be done at WHQ, but only will available be open on the days the WExO’s golf score is better than 10 over, and the sun isn’t shining as the lack of curtain in the “studio” causes glare, and other Wings will not care until they see it’s a success and 2-3 CFAVs in the Wing have already done their own thing by which time any chance of a “wing” standard is lost.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the concept and the idea is sound and is basically a Youtube channel with a dozen or so CFAV presenters as the hosts who offer their expert teachings on RAFAC topics.
Why not tap into the expertise of the 10K CFAVs? There is bound to be some excellent presenters out there on specific topics and subjects but the logistics and the roll out I fear would be such a pick and mix of quality and variability that it would be off putting for the audience moving from Flt Lt Jones’s home office with white board, to WO Smiths video in his conservatory with grainy footage to CI McCarthy who sets up a “green screen” at home and presents something likes it’s the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World!
it would also require someone to oversee the process and avoid any doubling up, else you’ll get a catalogue of 200 videos available to view, with 110 of them all about PoF, 50 on map and Compass, 20 on the History of the RAF, 5 on radio, 5 on History of ATC, 6 on Airmanship1, 2 on Air Nav and 2 on Air Power, when in reality you only want one or maybe two maximum on the same subject…
Which begs the question out of 10k CFAVs how to choose the best one (or two) to teach subjects that 70% of CFAVs teach anyway – what makes that one (or two) CFAVs better than anyone else…?
This would either requires CFAVs to go to the effort of making a video, submitting it and someone choosing the one (or two) to be released to the national audience (which would be a waste of time for those not selected) or requires an application process from which CFAVs are selected who then are shortlisted to present the material from a national pool of interested CFAVs. However for relatively straightforward subjects how can we choose who is best CFAV in the country to teach History of Flight or Basic Navigation when there are 900+ Squadrons who area already capable of teaching these topics, so at least 900 potential instructors per topic.
of those 900 how many would be willing to get involved, maybe only a dozen for each subject but for each subject still requires some form of selection while also maintaining a consistent standard in the presentation, the visual appeal of the lessons and some form of standardisation in the format…
I like the idea to teach/lecture around a subject rather than specifically for classification subjects, but in that case, if the Cadets can’t see the benefit (ie is there a badge at the end of it) will they sit through a 60 minute lecture by a CFAV they don’t know and “talks funny” (has a different accent) to them?
I also feel it was to be a national catalogue of videos which was made available, HQAC would HAVE to be involved and by doing so take control by offering a script, set out learning objectives and manner in which the teaching needs to take place, either by insisting existing material is used – running the instructors creativity and reason they are the chosen “expert” or by reviewing new material proposed by the chosen presenter which would take far too long and no doubt either reject or want to make changes too