Video and Audio Recordings
Video recordings can add to your presence in an online course and allow students to view--and review--instructions or explanations at a time of their choosing.
A few suggestions if you plan to record your own videos:
- Aim to keep videos concise.
- Encourage viewing by tying an activity and/or quiz to the video.
- Provide any slides used as a separate file or link.
- Include captions whenever possible (Youtube has automatic captioning, but it is based on speech recognition software, and so may contain some inaccuracies.)
- Think about the purpose of your recording. In this video, Heather Robinson outlines three kinds of instructional recordings you might want to make for your course: talking to your students, showing your students something, and walking them through something.
- Consider a video introduction for your course to help establish your presence.
Tools for Video Recording
We recommend Snagit if you wish to record audio and video that also uses screen capture. Screen capture video records what is happening on your computer screen, which is particularly useful for demonstrating something you want students to understand (you can walk students through how to search a database, etc.)
If you wish to continue using it, contact Wenying Huang-Stolte about a license key.
Other tools that offer basic screen capture and recording for free:
- Screen Cast-O-Matic: The screen capture recorder is free, although the editor is not.
- VivaVideo (to record on your phone--see the App store)
- Macs also come with iMovie and Quicktime, both of which can be used to create and edit videos.
To record audio feedback on individual student work:
- Blackboard has the capability to record audio (and video) feedback built into most of the tools that allow you to grade (Assignments, Blog, Discussion Board, Wiki, etc.). You can record right from a student’s work as you grade.
- Turnitin Assignments will also allow you to record up to three minutes of commentary directly through the “Feedback Summary” panel.