Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording lectures and presentations, part of Teaching with Technology.
- Remember that your lectures are course content too. They present information related to the learning outcomes, share new ideas, summarize or synthesize concepts from readings or other resources, demonstrate how to use information or perform skills and much more. Instructional presentation recordings can vary in length from mini-lectures under 10 minutes to entire class meetings that can last over an hour. Recording the lectures provides students flexibilities in both time and place. They can review lectures as many times as they need and access lectures from anywhere on almost any device.
On the flip side, recording your presentations allows you flexibility too. For example, you can offer content in multiple formats to follow universal design for learning principles or flip your classroom by requiring students to watch the recording before coming to the next class meeting where they'll put those ideas into practice through learning activities. Let's look at different ways to record lectures and presentations. Video, Video conference tools, Lecture capture, Screencast, Enhanced podcast and Online presentation.
One of the easiest ways to record a lecture is to setup a video camera in a classroom or lab or another environment you want students to see. Keep in mind, using recorded video may require editing it first. Don't have a video camera? Use a smartphone or tablet with an inexpensive flexible tripod. Want your students to see how to setup and run a chemistry experiment before they get to lab? Then record yourself doing it first as you explain the steps and what students should expect to see when they do it themselves. Video conference tools, sometimes called online meeting tools, allow you to record a live group meeting.
The recordings can include audio or video of each speaker, an ongoing chat channel and whatever content is displayed in the meeting environment. The display content can vary such as flipping through slides, sharing someone's desktop, navigating a web browser or writing on a virtual whiteboard. Video conference tools include: Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, GoToMeeting and Zoom. Lecture Captures are just what their name implies. They capture both video of the instructor and what the instructor displays on a computer.
They can be recorded as you give a lecture to face-to-face class or as something separate from class meetings. Lecture Capture software can be installed in specific classrooms equipped with cameras and computers or on teachers' laptop or desktop computers. Some solutions require a server computers for playing streaming and on-demand versions of the recordings. Students can jump to bookmarks throughout each recording. Lecture-Capture solutions include: TechSmith Relay, Kaltura CaptureSpace, Panopto, Tegrity, Echo360 and Mediasite.
Screencasts record what you do on the computer along with what you say while you do it. They're a lot like Lecture Capture but don't require the same amount of centralized support. You can create Screencast using either online tools or software for your computer. Online tools usually have fewer features but require no installation. Software applications may have more features but must be installed on your computer. Online tools include: Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, Screenr and Overstream.
Software applications include: Camtasia Studio, Adobe Captivate, ActivePresenter and Snagit. In a different type of Screencast, you can also record Skype calls with guest speakers using the Call Recorder plug-in. Enhanced podcasts are audio files that display images or slides placed at each timeline marker. They're much simpler than Screencasts. Tools that allow you to make Enhanced Podcast include: ProfCast, Podreel, Podcast Maker and Chapter Master.
Some online presentation tools allow you to record audio for one presentation slide or image at a time. Students can play the final product one slide at a time or as a complete movie. Some solutions allow students to add their own comments or questions via text or audio. Tools that allow you to create recorded online presentations include: VoiceThread and Animoto. The solutions I've described provide you with a variety of options for recording lectures or presentations based on the level of support at your institution, how sophisticated the recordings need to be and so on.
I've provided a list of these options in an exercise file called Recording Options in the Chapter 3 folder. Before reviewing the next movie, take a minute to answer the following questions for yourself. What type of recording will be best for your students? How long should each recording be? Does your school provide or support specific recording software or equipment? Which recording solution will take the least amount of time to learn? And, can you make the recordings on your own? For free?
Author Kevin Kelly explains how learning outcomes can be adapted to support technology in the classroom, and guides educators through selecting the appropriate technology for their activity, module, or class. Then he shows how to apply technology in three key areas: finding, creating, and sharing content with students; facilitating classroom activities; and assessing learning inside the classroom or online.
- Including technology in your learning outcomes
- Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
- Finding and creating content and instructional materials
- Enhancing lectures and presentations with technology
- Getting students involved
- Facilitating in-class activities
- Assessing learning
- Teaching effectively online