(Page Last Updated – 10.14.2020)
Email the Teaching and Learning Center with any questions or for additional assistance.
Live Video Resources
If you would like to provide LIVE video sessions for your students, two tools the TLC recommends are Google Meet or Zoom.
- Google Meet allows unlimited users and has made recording sessions an option at no cost (during the COVID situation) ; be sure to sign in using your @lab.icc.edu account.
- Zoom has free accounts available for up to 100 participants at a time, but there is a 40-minute time limit. It is recommended, if using Zoom, that you keep live sessions limited to 40 minutes and provide supplementary materials, such as additional video resources, as well as discussion forums and assignments, within Blackboard. Licensed Zoom accounts are available (with no time limits) can be requested via your Academic Dean.
Creating Instructional Videos
Instructors can create videos using tools like narrated PowerPoints or Screencast-O-Matic, upload them to YouTube (as an unlisted video within your @lab.icc.edu account), and embed them within Blackboard for students to view. In order to view videos uploaded to your @lab.icc.edu YouTube channel, visit studio.youtube.com (videos will not be available at youtube.com).
Best practices for instructor-generated videos [taken from Making Instructional Videos Really Work for Instructors and Students (2020 Growing Online Learning Conference presentation)]
- Keep it SHORT (no more than 6 minutes) to maintain students’ attention
- “Talking head” (rather than voice only) engages students more
- Speak to students in a conversational tone (speak quickly and with enthusiasm)
- Look at the camera
- Use a variety of graphics within presentations
Screencast-O-Matic involves a simple download, and users can record their computer screen, including a “talking head” either full screen (in between other images) or as a thumbnail in the lower-right corner of the screen. While the Premier account (now available to all ICC faculty) has no time limit . . . remember to keep it SHORT (research shows students generally pay attention only six minutes into a video).
Instructors can create a narrated video from PowerPoint, export it to an MP4 file, upload to YouTube (as unlisted within the @lab.icc.edu account), and embed the video within Blackboard. If PowerPoints are lengthy, try to chunk the information by topics/sections in order to keep videos short.
PLEASE UPLOAD VIDEOS TO YOUTUBE (NOT TO BLACKBOARD) AND THEN EMBED THE YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITHIN BLACKBOARD.
Incorporating Videos into Blackboard
Videos available on YouTube can be incorporated into Blackboard using the Mashup tool. Videos available on other sites (such as Vimeo) or videos instructors upload to YouTube as unlisted can be embedded within Blackboard. Additionally, instructors can provide audio/video feedback to students within the Blackboard Grade Center.
- Create a YouTube Channel and Upload Video to Your @labicc.edu Account [PDF Guide]
- Embedding Unlisted Videos to Your Blackboard Course [PDF Guide]
The following web-based tools allow instructors to generate interactive videos and engage learners and monitor student understanding through quiz and discussion tools.
Best practices include providing closed-captioning for all videos. YouTube has a tool for automatically producing closed captions; however, users should always check all captions for accuracy (YouTube provides a phonetic pronunciation of most words).
Accessibility vs. Accommodation (taken from Accessibility at Wichita State University)
- Accessibility is Proactive. It is how we respond to the needs of populations, not individuals. It is rooted in our efforts to comply with Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its later amendments.
- Accommodation is Reactive. It is how we respond to the needs of individuals, not populations. It is rooted in our efforts to comply with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its later amendments.
Additional Video Resources
- 47+ Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom
Visit this list compiled by Richard Byrne (freetech4teachers.com/) to learn more about additional video sources – any video can be embedded within Blackboard courses
- 18 Tools for Making Videos
Visit this list compiled by Richard Byrne (freetech4teachers.com/) to learn more about additional resources for creating your own videos – videos should be saved as MP4 files, uploaded to YouTube, and embedded in Blackboard courses (not all are not specific to Chromebooks, as suggested in the article title)
- Making Instructional Videos Really Work for Instructors and Students (2020 Growing Online Learning Conference presentation)
Conference presentation addresses common video issues, shares research on modern best practices, and provides recommendations for creating and using instructional videos.