Multimedia can be a great tool for supporting students learning; offering more accessible content for students with learning differences, providing an engaging alternative to content presentation, it can aid understanding by presenting complex information in a visual form, demonstrating processes, abstract ideas or emotive content, as well as allowing lecturers to create a more welcoming environment in their modules with audio and/or webcam messages.
This blog on screencasting and podcasting from the University of Sussex details some useful freely available tools for creating short screencasts and podcasts. Speak to your eLearning Advisor for advice with these tools. It’s could be worth uploading any audio or video your create using an external tool into Panopto’s media server to share with students and to gather useful analytics on what they are watching.
The Vanderbilt University has an excellent blog post on considerations to make when planning your video. The key take away points are;
- Keep videos brief and targeted on learning goals.
- Use audio and visual elements to convey appropriate parts of an explanation; make them complementary rather than redundant.
- Use signaling to highlight important ideas or concepts.
- Use a conversational, enthusiastic style to enhance engagement.
- Embed videos in a context of active learning by using guiding questions, interactive elements, or associated homework assignments.
Our supported tool for staff to create their own video resources is ReCap (otherwise known as Panopto). With this tool it is possible to create resources such as
- talking heads e.g. welcome to the module video, or assessment overview
- audio podcasts e.g. general assessment feedback to groups
- lectures, presentations and training
- practical demonstrations
- scenarios and simulations
- screencasts with or without written annotations e.g. mathematical problem solving
- student created videos
Kanopy streams thousands of films, documentaries and training videos across a wide range of subjects. Many films have captions, transcripts or subtitles and are compatible with technologies for visual impairment, such as JAWS. Please note, we do not have access to BBC productions via this service but BBC programmes may be available via Rob Roehampton
Mini-lessons with TED-ed
Browse hundreds of TED-Ed Animations and TED Talks – designed to spark the curiosity of your learners. You’ll also find thousands of other video-based lessons organized by the subjects you teach.
Open resources from museums
Through a partnership with Khan Academy, many renowned museums and institutions are amongst a range of partners making specialized educational content available to the public. These include the British Museum, Tate, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NASA and Pixar. For example, the J. Paul Getty Museum has provided a variety of art history and art resources with the aim of “developing a rich personalized learning environment across a broad variety of topics, from the making of a medieval manuscript to the conservation of Old Master paintings.”
To see the resources provided visit https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content
Virtual Field Trips
- Liz Ruff’s Growing Virtual Field Trip – includes zoo’s, museums, galleries and city tours from across the globe.
- People.com have compiled a list of world famous sites to visit virtually from museums to performances to famous sight seeing locations.
- We are teachings offers a list of the Best Nature Webcams for remote science learning