Canvas for Faculty
Instructional Uses Of Video In Online Courses
Online students at LPC consistently indicate that they appreciate instructor-made videos in their courses. These videos increase the instructor's presence in the online course, give students a more personal learning experience, and focus directly on course content. Thus, student engagement and comprehension increase.
Your videos don't have to be (and shouldn't be) very long. A length of 3-5 minutes is sufficient. In fact, some videos can be shorter. If you are concerned about a steep learning curve in order to use the tools to create videos, don't be; the tools are rather simple to use. Of the tools listed below, only Camtasia is advanced.
|Introduce yourself, and welcome students to the class||Students are able to see that you are an actual human being, and this is the first step in building rapport and a community of learners.||Mobile Devices|
|Give the students an orientation of the course||Ensures that students know how to navigate the course, and helps them get off to a good start.||Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic|
|Explain assignment instructions||Some parts of your assignments might need additional explanation. This helps students understand it better.||Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic|
|Give feedback to assignments||Conveys the intended tone of your feedback. Students can see your facial expressions.||Canvas|
|Provide spontaneous teaching moments||These are instances that enhance learning. They can be thoughts that illustrate a concept or principle. They can be current events on issues you are covering. With your mobile device, you can record these from anywhere.||Mobile Devices|
|Narrate a PowerPoint presentation||When students see and hear a presentation, they are more likely to retain the information. Keep it short, though.||Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic|
|Recording steps on the web or in a software program||Allows students to view a process at their own pace, giving them the ability to pause and rewind as often as necessary.||Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic|
Explanation of tools:
- 3C Media Solutions: This site is for faculty to upload their videos and request to get them captioned. You can then link or embed the captioned videos in Canvas. Better yet, use the 3C Media app in Canvas, which lets you do everything the web site does without having to go to the site. Either way, you will need to go to the web site to create a 3C Media account.
- Camtasia: Camtasia lets you record screen movements on your computer and turns them into a digital video. More importantly, perhaps, you can use Camtasia to narrate a PowerPoint presentation, then publish the video to 3C Media Solutions or use the 3C Media app to upload directly into Canvas.
- Screencast-O-Matic: Screencast-O-Matic is a browser-based screen capture tool. Like Camtasia, you can record screen movements on your computer and turns them into a digital video, or you can narrate a PowerPoint presentation to turn into a video. You can then publish the video to 3C Media Solutions or use the 3C Media app to upload directly into Canvas.
- Mobile Devices: For videos that are more spontaneous, you can choose to use your phone or tablet to create the videos.
Overview of process:
- Record your video.
- If recording from your phone, upload the video file to Google Drive or Dropbox, then download it to your computer. Alternatively, you can email it to yourself if the file isn't too big.
- If recording from your laptop or computer, save the file on your laptop or computer.
- Upload the video to 3C Media Solutions or directly into Canvas using the 3C Media app.
- Request captioning for the video.
- Link or embed the video within your Canvas course.
- When possible, record video from smart phones and tablets using Landscape view.
- You will need either a Google or Dropbox account if you don't already have one.
- When recording yourself, look directly into the camera, smile, show positive body language, use props if necessary, and use a bland background so students focus on you.
- You might want to purchase a decent USB microphone for your laptop or computer so the audio sounds good.
- All videos, with the possible exception of feedback to individual students, need to be close captioned. Obviously, if you have a visually impaired student, you will want to caption that student's feedback.
- If you want to add a bit of dazzle to your videos, you can use web-based services such as Animoto or Adobe Spark.
If you insist on using YouTube:
- Record your video
- Create a YouTube Account.
- Create a YouTube channel.
- Upload your video.
- Upload your transcript.
- Caption your video using YouTube's Automatic Captioner. You will need to edit the captions to ensure the audio is in sync, has punctuation, and the captions are accurate.