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Short videos improve instructor presence – Part I

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Have you read Jeff’s blog post on video clips? He created 2-3 minute weekly video clips to introduce his students to the weekly topic, recommend additional resources for tricky concepts, and reminded them to contact him with any questions. Would you like to create more instructor presence in your course?

Since this is the last best practices blog post of 2016 and we have a long break where you prepare things for your course next term, I thought it would be a good idea to provide you with three simple options for you to get started with video!

Free video options Video clip icon - from Wikipedia

Option I: Video Note in D2L

D2L’s Video Note is a simple way to add video for your students. These videos are limited to 3 minutes, which can be just right! However, these videos are designed to be used for messages unique to a single class. This is because the videos are only stored for about 6 months and as of this writing, can’t be captioned. Lastly, You can’t use it to capture your computer screen.

Option II: Screencast-O-Matic

If you need to create a video longer than 3 minutes, Screencast-O-Matic will record up to 15 minutes. It’s a simple web-based program, so you do not need to download or install any software! All you need to do is creating an account and the video will be hosted on their server. The video can be downloaded and captioned too. You can use it to capture yourself using a webcam and your computer screen.

Option III: Webcam in D2L
Webcam icon - image from Wikimedia Commons

Webcam icon from Wikimedia Commons

If you are creating a video and you don’t want to be limited by time, you can use the “Insert Stuff” option in D2L’s editor, select webcam, and record your video right in D2L (You can use this for shorter videos too.) These videos are stored at our streaming server and PCC can caption these videos for you when an accommodation is needed. You can’t use it to capture your computer screen.

Editor’s note: The webcam tool can be finicky. Sometimes it’s easier to capture the video separately then upload it.

Still not sure which one to choose?

Here’s some information that would help you make the right decision if you want to add media for your course.

During Winter term, we are offering Gear Up media sessions. These sessions will focus on using video and audio tools. Attendee may be eligible for a webcam or a headset to get them started, with the expectation that they will share one of their short videos to inspire other instructors at PCC. Watch for these in our training calendar!

Still have questions?

Don’t worry, if you still have any questions or need more guidance, the Instructional Technology Specialist will be there to help you every step of the way.

In my next post: Short videos improve instructor presence – Part II, I will give you some tips on recording. Start creating your video and Happy Holiday!!

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x (Comment #24465) by Judy Osswald 6 years ago (Comment #24465)

I love the D2L video note. It is perfect for small weekly intros and to use for the beginning and ending of the term!