Multimedia

New Tools

One-Button Recording Studio

We've built a self-service video recording studio in the Science Computer Lab (Science 3114). You can record from your screen, the built in webcam, or the document camera. It's very easy to use. Check out more details on the studio here, or email Eric Mistry of the ATOL Team with any questions.

HP Reveal

HP Reveal is an awesome augmented reality app that allows you to embed additional content into any poster or picture. Users simply scan anything you set up with the app and the content appears almost like magic. This page contains a demo and more information, or email Eric Mistry of the ATOL Team with any questions.

Existing Options (Updates coming October 2018)

Why Use Audio?

The online learning environment presents unique challenges because traditional face-to-face opportunities for interaction are not available. Providing regular audio communications to your students is a great way to make a personal connection with them on a consistent basis.


Presentation Software

There are many software programs for creating/recording presentations. Reference this grid for help deciding which software program best meets your needs.

Presentation Software Comparison Grid

Accessibility

Rules regarding accessibility of educational materials to learners of all abilities apply to use of video, audio and images in online courses. To create compliant media, instructors should generate transcripts for audio and closed captioning for videos. When embedding images in a Blackboard activity, a PowerPoint file, or a Word document, instructors should include descriptive text. Go to the Accessibility page for more on this topic.

Accessibility Page

PowerPoint

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Did you know that you can record audio accompaniment to PowerPoint slides directly in PowerPoint? Students simply open the file on their own computers and click a speaker icon to play the recording. You can also save the PowerPoint slideshow as a Video file and upload it to YouTube. (best practice)

Using a Headset to Record

Logitech Headset

Plugging a headset with microphone into your computer to do any recording using your computer is highly recommended. The CSS Library has USB Logitech headsets available for check out for faculty and staff. Contact the Library for more details.

Create Your Own Video: Record from Webcam | YouTube 

Find Video Online:  Best Video Sites for Teachers

Why Use Video?

The online learning environment presents unique challenges because traditional face-to-face opportunities for interaction are not available. However, students still want to have a sense of community in their online courses and ‘see’ their instructor. One way instructors can facilitate community is by establishing "presence" in their courses through the use of multimedia tools. Multimedia allows students to hear and see you; hearing and seeing you gives them more of a sense of you as a person than simply reading emails. 

Accessibility

Rules regarding accessibility of educational materials to learners of all abilities apply to use of video, audio and images in online courses. To create compliant media, instructors should generate transcripts for audio and closed captioning for videos. When embedding images in a Blackboard activity, a PowerPoint file, or a Word document, instructors should include descriptive text. Go to the Accessibility page for more on this topic.

Creating Your Own Video

Record from Webcam

The easiest way to record from your webcam is to use the following free options: Movie Maker (Windows users) or Photo Booth (MAC Users). Once you've recorded your video and made any edits necessary, you will upload your saved video to your CSS YouTube account (see below for more information).  Before you record you first video, we recommend that you review these best practices from Kent State University, Best Practices for Recording from Webcam. An alternative option is to to use Screencast-O-Matic which is also a great tool for capturing images/videos of your screen (see more about Screencast-O-Matic).

If you have an iOS or Android phone, you can record videos with your phone's camera and upload them with the YouTube App.


YouTube™

YouTubeYour CSS Gmail account comes with a YouTube account that you can use to create, store and share videos with your students or other faculty. YouTube allows you to upload an already-created video using the Record from Webcam instructions above or from a mobile device. There is also a closed captioning feature that is important for creating ADA compliant instructional materials. Use your Cor login to access your account. Before publishing any videos, be sure to read YouTube’s Policy Center for important information about privacy, prohibited practices, and other topics.

Tools for ScreenshotsScreencast-O-Matic | Camtasia (Screencasts) | Sharing with Others

Tools for Screenshots

Sometimes the most effective way to communicate visual information is to take a screenshot, or image of your computer screen. Screenshots are handy for a variety of purposes, such as supplementing written instructions for completing a task and showing an error or technical problem occurring on your computer.

Most computers have built-in methods for creating screenshots:

  • Using a Mac
  • Using Windows (see Snipping Tool instructions below)

Snipping Tool

If you have Windows 7 or higher installed on your computer, you have access to the Snipping Tool that can be used to capture your computer screen.

Snipping Tool Screenshot


Screencast-O-Matic

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Screencast-O-Matic is a screencasting (and webcam recording) tool that can be used directly from the website or downloaded and launched from your computer. With the free version of the software users can record up to 15 minutes per recording and have the ability to export files to YouTube and several video formats, such as MP4 and FLV. Premium access can be purchased as well. Premium access allows longer recording times, video editing tools, and more exporting and publishing options.


Screencastify

Screencastify logo   Screencastify is an easy way to capture your entire desktop, browser tab or webcam. Screencastify operates by Chrome extension and does not require a software download. Screencastify works offline and preserves your recording until you are back online and ready to upload to YouTube or Google Drive. With Screencastify, you can embed your webcam anywhere in your recording and narrate with your microphone. There are also a variety of annotation features available with this tool.


Camtasia

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Camtasia™ is an advanced screencasting software with extensive options for editing, generating closed captions, and publishing your video. In addition to screen capture video, Camtasia can also be used to record PowerPoint based presentations. Due to the more sophisticated nature of Camtasia, use is fee-based and the time required to learn it is a bit longer than for free tools such as Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify. If you think Camtasia might be the right tool for you, contact atol@css.edu.


Sharing with Others

  • Upload videos to YouTube and choose the sharing settings
  • Google Drive is an institution wide, supported method of sharing files. It is a secured option which can be accessed from any device. Drive also accommodates collaboration. Click here to learn more about Google Drive.

Finding Images

A key issue in appropriating images created by others for use in your courses is ensuring that your use is in compliance with copyright restrictions. There is a broad range of images available online that are covered by what is called Create Commons, which can permit reuse for educational purposes. See the Copyright and Fair Use page for more details.



Flickr

Flickr is a repository of photographs and images that anyone around the world can contribute to. Some of the content is available for reuse using Creative Commons licensure. Use Flickr's advanced search tool to filter for results you can use in your courses. 

License filtering using Flickr search

Keep in mind that when you find images that are licensed for reuse with the Creative Commons license, you will still need to give attribution to the image's author as per the instructions given for the license type. Be sure to check for this before you download an image to reuse.

Link to rights reserved under Creative Commons

Flickr Photo® Mashup in Blackboard

You can search for Flickr photos directly from within a Blackboard content area. Once you find an image you want to use, Blackboard will automatically display the image in the content area. Scroll to Mashups in the About Content Types section of this Blackboard Help page.


google image search

Search Google

This page has details about how to use Google's advanced searching tools. Or jump directly to: Google Advanced Image Search. As with Flickr, be sure to comply with attribution requirements for images you use, if applicable.