- 1 Using the BCC email system
- 2 accessBCC
- 3 eLearning
- 4 Working with Audio and Video
- 5 Working with PowerPoint Files
- 6 Creating Interactive Tutorials
- 7 Accessibility
- 8 Conversion of Media Formats
- 9 Copyright Considerations
- 10 Other Instructor Resources
- 11 Contact the CITE lab
Using the BCC email system
All faculty members at BCC have the opportunity to obtain a BCC email account. All BCC employees follow this email format:
Please note that this is different from student email addresses.
If you are an adjunct faculty member please speak with your Divisional Dean about getting a bristolcc.edu email account.
accessBCC is an online system that allows faculty and students to access, edit and manage their personal and course information. Faculty use accessBCC to obtain their course rosters, view their teaching schedule, submit roster verification statistics, input final grades and gain access to their eLearning course spaces.
To log-in to the system go to the college’s homepage and click on the lower right-hand side of the page on the “My accessBCC”logo. Every faculty member can access accessBCC but new faculty will need to set up an account the first time the system is used.
Once you have logged into the system, click on the tab at the top of the page that says Faculty/Advisor Services. This will take you to a page that contains contract, book order, course, and schedule information.
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
If you do want to use video files within an eLearning course space the CITE lab will assist in formatting the video files in Flash format so they are easily accessible to students (the videos stream directly from the server, no need to download them to view them). Instead of uploading the videos directly in the course space we store them on a locally hosted server and link directly to them from the course. This gives us more local control of the content helps make the courses more portable.
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
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
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.
Accessibility ensures that all of your content is available for all of your students.Following some guidelines will help organize your course and also allow your students with alternative learning styles access your content that can easily be accessed by other students. Learn more about accessibility.
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.
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
- Can I tape a program off the TV and use it in the classroom?
- The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance
- Creative Commons
And, you can also view a video created by Cindy Poore-Pariseau to learn about copyright and disabilities.
Other Instructor Resources
Because of the recent decision to no longer use Wimba for eLearning, we did research on various different conference programs, and decided on the free-to-use DimDim.
Using Jing for a Discussion
Jing is an application similar to Camtasia, except it is free. You can use Jing to take a screenshot, and post it in a discussion to explain a specific feature. You can learn how to do this here.
Organize Your Courses
In order to keep your courses organized on your home page, you can edit how your courses are displayed. By organizing by semester, filtering out which courses you are taking now, versus which courses you’ve taken in the past becomes much easier.
You can learn how to do so here.
Create an Assessment
To best utilize Angel's resources, you can create an Assessment right inside of your course. An assessment is essentially a test taken in your course, and is graded immediately (in most cases), and is saved for future reference.
You can learn how to create one here.
Create a Drop Box
When creating as assignment that requires a file to be submitted, or even an area for students to post the answers to specific questions, utilizing the Drop Box may be a good idea.
You can learn how to create one here.
Compatibility is always a huge issue, especially when teaching an online course. Ensuring compatibility through some minor changes can help avoid moments when students can't open uploaded assignments, and you can learn how to do so here.
How to use Cascade
Cascading is a feature in eLearning which allows settings applied to a folder to either be passed along to all items in a folder, or none. You can learn how to use it here.
When referencing Youtube in a course space, some of their recent changes made it simpler to embed their content. You can learn how to utilize this here.
When copying over course content from one course to another using the "Copy Course" feature, some files may not be copied over due to a bug. If this happens to you, or you want to copy over a specific set of content, you can use another utility right in Angel. You can learn how to use this here.
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.