- 1 eLearning
- 2 Working with Audio and Video
- 3 Working with PowerPoint Files
- 4 Creating Interactive Tutorials
- 5 Accessibility
- 6 Conversion of Media Formats
- 7 Copyright Considerations
- 8 Contact the CITE lab
Many instructors use eLearning to provide online content and resources for their traditional face-to-face courses or to teach hybrid courses or 100% online. Course spaces are automatically created for every course offered at the college.
Interested in teaching online?
Learn more about the BCC course development process.
There are also a number of excellent books on eLearning available in the BCC library. The PDF file linked above provides a summary of each recommended book and also a direct link to the book's location in the library catalog.
Working with Audio and Video
Video recording in the classroom
If you are interested in taping a lecture, a guest speaker, student presentations, etc... please complete the Video Recording Request Form. It is important that you specifiy how you want the recording to be used. Some faculty want recordings on DVDs or CDs, others want them to be available within their eLearning course spaces, and sometimes faculty want both. We need to know how you plan to use the video so that TV Services and the CITE lab are able to ensure the content is in the format that you need.
Video and eLearning
We are looking to move custom video content off our servers and on to personal YouTube channels. We are moving content because of the accessibility of YouTube. The move to YouTube essentially allows the content creator (you!) to reserve rights to content and allows the creator (again, you!) to manage your content on your own time. One of the main benefits of YouTube is the automatic transcription and captioning process that can be applied to every video with recognizable speech. We are only doing this for content that you have created for your classes. All copyrighted content (DVDs, VHS, ect.) will still be produced by the CITE Lab and hosted by us.
If you do want to use video files within an eLearning course space the CITE lab will assist in creating and managing a YouTube Channel. For more information about uploading YouTube you can read the help guide provides YouTube Help
If you will be using audio or video components you'll need to be mindful of the accessibility of the content. Below are some excellent links to information on captioning and descriptive audio (from the WebAIM Discussion List):
In November 2009 Google and YouTube announced an new captioning service!
- WebAIM - Web Captioning Overview
- YouTube - Add captions or subtitle tracks to your videos
- JW FLV Player (A Flash based player that scores incredibly high marks for accessibility supporting Closed Captions *AND* descriptive audio)
- Easy YouTube Player
- Captioning Media for iTunes
Adding audio to your eLearning course space
Faculty and students are able to easily include audio files into their eLearning course spaces through the use of iTunes U and Voicethread. These tools include a built-in audio recorder (no need to record then upload, VoiceThread does it in one step!), voice discussion board (where students can respond to an audio prompt or question), and a podcasting application.
Not sure how or why you might want to include audio? Here are some ideas to consider:
- Ask a guest speaker or colleague to record a personal story or experience
- Develop an audio case study
- Create a mobile audio tour of a local museum or historical site or ask your students to create their own!
- Upload pre quiz reviews prior to exams
- Have students record responses to pronunciation exercises
- Develop a voice discussion board so students can respond verbally to questions
- Create personal audio reflection journals
- Give students a mid-semester pep-talk or remind them of course expectations
Working with PowerPoint Files
Many instructors upload PowerPoint presentations to their eLearning course spaces. However, not all students have PowerPoint (though a viewer is available) and some have difficulty accessing the files due to file size (if you have a dial-up connection, downloading a 2MB PowerPoint file takes a long time...)
There are two strategies that we recommend to make it easier for your students to access your PowerPoint files:
Create PDF files from your PowerPoints formatted as handouts
Creating your PowerPoint presentations as Portable Document Format (PDF) handouts will provide your students the ability to easily print your presentations, reduce file downloading waiting time from the web, and help conserve resources. In order to create PDF files you will need a PDF creation program.
Format your PowerPoints as Impatica files
Impatica compresses your presentations into Macromedia Flash files and makes them easily accessible for students. The PowerPoint viewer is not required in order to access the files and the files are also much smaller and accessible for students. This software is available in the CITE lab.
Format your PowerPoints as Flash Files
This is something you can do yourself and it turns your PowerPoints into the same type of file that Impatica does. iSpring offers a FREE PowerPoint plug-in that will allow you to easily create and publish your own Flash movies. Then you can upload them directly into your eLearning course space. This is a new tool and really makes things easy for you!
Creating Interactive Tutorials
Camtasia is the tool that the CITE lab uses to create our own “how-to” tutorials. You can record the entire desktop, a specific window or just a portion of your screen and add audio while you record or add it later. You can also add captions for users with disabilities, call-outs, title screens, and more! For an example of how Camtasia can be used see the Bookstore Order Tutorial.
The makers of Camtasia have created a "Camtasia-lite" version called Jing that is available for use via the internet. Jing doesn't have the bells and whistles of Camtasia (and none of the built-in accessibility features) but it's a great way to get started creating simple screencasts.
CamStudio is a full featured screen capturing software that is completely free published under the GNU General Public License. It contains most of the features Camtasia and Jing offer, along with a very simple interface that is friendly to the average beginner user.
It is important that eLearning course spaces and the content contained within are accessible to students with disabilities. Learn more about accessibility and how to ensure you are providing content that can be accessed by students with alternative learning styles.
Conversion of Media Formats
Many faculty show snippets of VHS tapes in the classroom. Since many classrooms no longer have VHS players the CITE lab can assist faculty with converting analog VHS tapes to digital DVDs. We can also assist with other types of file conversion including filmstrip to DVD, overhead projector transparencies to image files (for use in PowerPoint or as stand-alone files), and slides and negatives to digital images. We'll even help you move files on old floppy disks to newer media formats. Contact the CITE lab for more information.
As you prepare to utilize materials in your face-to-face or online courses it is important to make sure that you adhere to copyright and intellectual property guidelines as specified by Fair Use, the TEACH Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable laws.
A great place to start is to view Copyright on Campus - a video created by the Copyright Clearance Center.
Below are a number of helpful links dealing with copyright issues:
- The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
- Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers
- Understanding the TEACH Act
- Crash Course in Copyright
- An Introduction to Fair Use
- Is it protected by Copyright? Try the digital slider and find out!
- Can I tape a program off the TV and use it in the classroom?
- The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance
- Creative Commons
- Fair Use in Academic and Research Libraries
- Managing Fair Use on Campus: The Online Academic Administrator's Dilemma
You can also view a video created by Cindy Poore-Pariseau to learn about copyright and disabilities.
If you have questions about Copyright contact your Divisional library liaison.
Contact the CITE lab
If you have additional questions or would like one-on-one assistance with any of the technologies mentioned above please contact the Center for Instructional Technology Expertise (CITE) by calling (508) 678-2811 x2081. You are welcome to schedule an appointment or you can drop in to A201 on the Fall River campus during our regularly scheduled hours.