Thursday, March 31, 2011

Adding Educational Multimedia to Your Course - Resources

Teaching & Learning Technologies presented to faculty about adding educational multimedia (videos) to their courses. Specifically, they presented about why you should include it in your course and some general instructional strategies for educational multimedia. Crystal Cameron-Vedros, from the copyright department in the library spoke about copyright. Then, faculty learned where to go to find some educational multimedia, how to add it into ANGEL, and some technical instructions on how to add these videos to a PowerPoint, how to record audio, and how to play video files on a Windows vs Mac computer.

A number of faculty asked for an easier way to get to all the links on our handout, so they are below so you can easily click on the link you want. As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact Teaching & Learning Technologies.

Embed and/or Link Videos

The following websites provide you a URL or embed code that allows you to add the video directly into your course content. To do this, look for the words 'embed' or 'share' and copy the embed code. Then, paste it into the "source" view of the HTML Editor.

Youtube --
Link or embed these videos in your course--you can customize the embed code to not include related videos or to create different sizes of the embedded video.

Teachertube --
Link or embed these videos in your course--create an account to not see the ads before viewing each video.

Vimeo --
Usually higher quality videos, you can link or embed these videos into your course.

TED Talks --
Link or embed these inspirational talks for your students to view.

LearnersTV --
Video lecture courses you can link (cannot embed) to in your course.

Download Videos

The following websites allow you to download videos. Remember, if you download a video to put up in ANGEL, it is a good idea to stream the video so your students do not have to wait for the video to download and since you can only upload files less than 50 megabytes into ANGEL. Contact TLT to stream the videos for your course.

Teachers TV --
Register for free to download videos, or view them without registering.

Teachers’ Domain --
Must register to view and download for free.

MedEd Portal --
Must register to download these resources for free. There are more than just videos in this portal. (Simulations, Tutorials, Documents, Programs, etc.)

Technical How-To

The following websites allow you to download software which allows different types of media to work on your computer.

Camtasia Relay --
You must have an account before you are able to log in. Contact TLT to get an account.

Click on the top option to download the correct and most recent version.

This tutorial will walk you through how to make the LAME encoder work with Audacity.

Play windows media videos on a Mac computer.


Posted at 09:48AM Mar 31, 2011 by sgerald

Friday, March 25, 2011

ANGEL File Problem with "&" and ".."

Since our March update this week, we have been experiencing a problem with the way ANGEL now handles files containing certain reserved characters in their filename. Uploaded ANGEL files named with an ampersand ( & ) or two periods ( .. ) may not open, and you may get a "400 - The request was not understood" error. For example, "Health & Wellness.doc" or "Heart..ppt" may not open in ANGEL and give an error.

We are working to identify and rename/fix all these files in our ANGEL system. Please let us know if you receive a "400 - The request was not understood." error when opening an ANGEL file, so we can rename/fix that file for you.

If you upload a new file into ANGEL and that filename contains reserved characters, ANGEL will automatically replace any reserved characters with an underscore (_), so you should not have this problem with files uploaded since Wednesday (3/23) morning.

We apologize for the inconvenience this problem is causing you and your students.

Posted at 12:00PM Mar 25, 2011 by dantonacci

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

iSpring Free: Convert PowerPoint to Flash Interactions

Instructors sometimes need to present their PowerPoint presentations to their students. Many of them will upload the PowerPoint file directly into ANGEL for the student to view the presentation. The student's experience to view a presentation goes something like the following.

Click into the course > Click on the Lessons tab > Click in the Module folder > Click on the File to download the PowerPoint > Wait for the timer to automatically download the file OR Click directly on the link to download the file > Click Save or Open file > Open the file in PowerPoint > Click Presentation to watch the full presentation.

Wouldn't it be nice to cut down on all these clicks so the student can view the presentation without having to download a file, open it in a program, then click the view the presentation?

iSpring Free is a tool you can use to convert any PowerPoint file into a Flash file. I've embedded an example of one below. As an instructor, you convert your PowerPoint, upload the SWF file to ANGEL, and then the students will click through the slides from within ANGEL. Their new experience will change to the following steps.

Click into the course > Click on the Lessons tab > Click in the Module folder > Click on the Page with the embedded Flash file.

It's not only a quicker experience for your students, but if you don't want to give out your presentation for your students to edit or change, this provides you with a way for your students to only view the presentation; there's no access to edit it at any time.

If you are interested in using iSpring Free, you can download it free at It works within PowerPoint (you will see a new tab in the ribbon called iSpring) and you are one click away from converting the file into flash.

Another exciting feature of iSpring Free is the button that allows you to easily add YouTube videos to your presentation!

Here is an example of a Voice Over PowerPoint converted using iSpring Free.

Posted at 05:18PM Mar 15, 2011 by sgerald