Teaching and Learning Services has reviewed these products and determined that they are suitable for making short videos for course assignments. However, TLS does not support or answer questions about these tools; you must use the vendor's support and documentation resources.
Check with your instructor about specific requirements for the assignment, including how to share completed videos with the instructor and other students, before selecting a tool.
Remember that all media produced for class assignments must be captioned
Student can upload their own video that they have created themselves or pull media from other social tools such as Flickr, Instogram, DailyMotion (I tried this but didn't get it to work yet). Can create text overlay, transitions, and soundtrack bytes and themes.
Publishing options: export as mp4, can export videos clips to YouTube account.
https://www.wevideo.com/academy (video tutorials don't appear to be captioned)
However, a searchable support page at https://wevideo.desk.com/ with text-based help information and instructions. .
Camtasia (Free 30-dayTrial):
Create screen grabs/record screen, as well as edit with captions, text overlay, transitions, and other effects. Check system specs on local computer before installing.
Publishing options: export as a .mp4, publish direct to Youtube
Windows video tutorials: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8.html (not captioned)
Mac video tutorials: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-mac-current.html (not captioned)
From Camtasia toolbar: Searchable "help" menu with text-based how-to's
Community support forum: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith
Works with Google Chrome browser only. 10 minute recording limit per video. Videos are stored on google drive or youtube, youtube editor could be used.
Upon logging in, was able to access the following:
chrome-extension://mmeijimgabbpbgpdklnllpncmdofkcpn/app.html#/getting-started (all written instructions with screencast)
RIT does not have an officially supported video tool geared for student use. Since technology changes rapidly and the needs of the students vary widely, TLS does not maintain a list of recommendations for video tools for students. However, TLS does provide the following information to help faculty support their students in creating videos.
Record Presentations on Campus
Students in all majors can use the Expressive Communication Center located in the Wallace Library to create and record presentations. Peer consultants are available to coach students on presentation preparation and delivery. Students can download video recordings as a file, which can then be submitted to the faculty using the method the faculty indicates in the assignment instructions.
Have Students Help Each Other
Instead of trying to keep up with the latest technology and being a video tool expert, ask the students for ideas. Create a discussion forum in your course where students can recommend video creation tools to each other. Many students are technology-savvy and already know of and use tools to create videos for social media and communications. Students can help each other learn the tools and troubleshoot issues. This collaborative learning can also help build connections among classmates.
Being able to select appropriate technology is a good skill for students to build. Encourage them to:
- Think about the goals of the assignment and what they need the technology to do for them.
- Search online for recommendations. There are many blogs with lists of low to no cost tools.
- Review online tutorials on using the tools. If there is no public documentation on how to use the tool, it may not be the best tool to pick.
- Experiment with different tools to see what best fits their needs.
Video Creation Best Practices
The same best practices we share with faculty about creating videos also apply to students. View TLS's page on Creating Course Videos.
Collecting Student Assignments
- Video Dropboxes for Student Submissions
- Steps for captioning and submitting your videos to a myCourses Discussion Using YouTube
If you would like more information on how to best implement a student-created video assignment in your course, request a consultation with a TLS staff member.