Supplementing your live lectures – the options available for you
Depending on the particular teaching scenario and what you wish to achieve for your students there are different options you can choose from:
a) creating resources for a flipped classroom teaching format, where you prepare a short video of an event you have attended, a short talking head video, or a simple screen recording when explaining an image or a document. This resource can then be further discussed in class
b) creating a full narrated PowerPoint presentation instead of a live classroom session which could not be scheduled. You can create this in the comfort of your office or your home
c) creating a narrated PowerPoint learning object as part of the live classroom session (also referred to as lecture recording) in order to have a permanent record of the event for revision purposes
d) offering a live streaming event where you have some students in your classroom and others off-site. This session can also be recorded if needed and disseminated later.
Creating short media clips for flipped classroom teaching
‘Short’ in this context means an overall length of no more than 10 min. for example a short video clip. If the file is small enough (less than 20 Mb) you may want to upload it directly onto Moodle.
Example of such clips might include:
(i) Creating informal ad hoc video footage using the Camera tool of the iPad or the Surface. For the former you will need to save your footage into cloud (OneDrive or the like) whilst for the latter the media file is saved to C:\Users\Userid\Pictures\Camera Roll. Note that the default file name starts with WIN_yearmonthday as 8 digit number.
On the Surface use a simple video editor app to improve quality when needed and then upload the file directly into Moodle from the user profile area.
The default screen is UltraHD (1920×1080) which creates very large files. The frame rate is set to 30 fps.
It is worth changing this to smaller values when setting up the recording. On the Preview screen tap on the … on the top right and select SETTINGS. For a simple talking head 1280x720p/15fps should be sufficient.
Finally share the resource the resource with your students via the Learning Hub.
(ii) Use of an Informal talking head video to explain key points (e.g. FAQs, Assignment Briefs, maps). Again you may want to use the built-in Camera app for this.
(iii) For screen recording purposes (drawing and annotating) on tablet devices (iPads and Surface Pro)
a) on iPad/iOS11 – activate Screen Recording from the Control Centre (Customise Controls). When swiping up from the bottom the Record button can be tapped and after 5 seconds recording will start.
On the iPad use either the native MS Office apps or the Adobe Reader app inking tool. The video will end up in your Camera roll from where you can upload it onto cloud storage as above
b) on MS Surface download and install one of the free screen recording tools for example ezvid or snagit and then use the ink tool in MS Word 2016 and/or PowerPoint 2016 including the Ink to Math tool.
c) Alternatively you could use a free Webservice such as Screencast-o-matic which records both audio and video for a talking head video. On the PC use the WebCam for audio-in.
d) iPad native apps: there are several apps out there which allow you to record short clips such as Notability, ShowMe, Educreations, ExplainEverything