Use audio and video effectively
Webcam, microphone, compression, hosting, and digital streaming technologies allow both you and your students to create media recordings that are easily shared. There are several paid and free audio recording software tools that you can use on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. These tools let you record with the built-in microphone and save as an MP3 file (a file small enough to be shared via email or uploaded to an online learning platform).
As with audio, many of the same technologies can be used to create informal video recordings using your hardware’s built-in microphone and video camera. These short videos can be recorded and uploaded to the LMS or you can email video links to your students. Some examples include a brief video introduction to include in your transition email, or short video overviews of the upcoming week/module.
Most learning institutions have access to one of the more common video recording tools such as Zoom, CollaborateVideo, WebEx, Kaltura, and more. (If you’re working outside of an LMS, many of these tools are still available such as Zoom and WebEx.) With these video tools you can have live video and audio sessions for students and create and share recordings. This means you can use a webcam to record a lecture and send it to students through a URL or a link attached to an email. You can also paste the link into the LMS.
Explore the course essential checklist to see what other elements you can add to your course.