Faculty are invited to join the Zoom meeting every Tuesday, during activity hour, to discuss one of the topics.
I’m kind of a geek….and a cheap geek at that. If I can do something for free I will. I build my own desktops, run primarily Linux instead of Windows, and don’t do Macs. For recording lectures and demos I use primarily Loom, a free Chrome extension. It’s easy to use, runs in the browser instead of downloading software, and records video camera, screen, and/or both. Since it runs in the browser it should run in whatever operating system you use. Loom records and stores on their site…you then download the video and put it anywhere you want. I upload all my lectures to my YouTube channel and insert the link into Blackboard. That way there are backups, and hearing impaired students can turn on the Closed Captioning and get some semblance (not perfect) of what is being said.
For years, CLT recommended small (~7-minute) bits of information. That’s not always practical in all fields, but smaller chunks matter! I finally broke my course content down into approximately daily topics. This also helps if you’re recording videos for asynchronous delivery: longer videos take a lot of time to render, and nobody wants to watch a 3-hour lecture!
I use the built-in tools in Powerpoint, and have it record video from my webcam simultaenously with audio from the mic. One of the “best practices” that I’ve seen for online courses suggested that being able to see the professor is important, and helps build connection with the instructor (and course material). Beyond that, it allows students to get our nonverbal cues: gestures, facial expressions. If you have a touchscreen computer, you can also draw on the screen and Powerpoint will capture that as part of the lecture!
After recording, I export as an MP4 video (720 p) and upload it to YouTube, then put links in Blackboard. Happy to share tutorial videos if there’s interest!
In what ways is everyone recording (or planning to record) their lectures?
Zoom? Kaltura? VoiceThread? Another way?
Interesting article regarding Zoom fatigue from the Chronicle of Higher Education.