Creating Digital Presentations
Digital video can be a highly effective educational tool when integrated into traditional, blended and online courses.
Lesson demonstrations, student presentations, video feedback and study guides are several ways digital video can be used to promote student engagement. Products available at UND and explored in this section include PowerPoint, VoiceThread and YuJa. Our Digital Media Studio is available as a space for creating . . .
If you have any questions on which product may best suit your needs, please schedule an appointment with one of our trained instructional designers. We have also included a brief comparison chart at the bottom of this page for your convenience.
Three Quick Tips for Creating Digital Presentations (e.g., videos, lecture recordings)
- Create recordings/videos that are 20 minutes or shorter; if a lecture on a chapter takes 50 minutes, try chunking it into 15-20 minute sections.
- If possible, include a webcam of yourself as the instructor during the narrated presentation; it generally helps to humanize the course material and make it feel more like an in-person session.
- Try to build-in authentic assessments throughout videos/recordings, having periodic “knowledge checks” to keep students evaluating their learning and keep them engaged.
Advantages of Using Digital Presentations & Multimedia in Courses
- Videos, recordings, and multimedia encourage more accountability among students.
- Students have ongoing access to course materials, enabling them to review core concepts (e.g., lecture recordings, multimedia).
- Non-traditional students can access lectures on their own schedule, making education more available and accessible.
- Traditional students can take advantage of lecture recordings for review and test preparation.
- Lecture recordings, complete with multimedia integration, can meet the needs of different types of learners, both visual and auditory. For students with special learning needs, lecture recordings can take the place of notes, and improve their ability to learn. Furthermore, results suggested that many students found access to lecture capture to be empowering, enabling them to take control of the learning process.
A Taxonomy of Asynchronous Instructional Video Styles - Chorianopoulos (2018)
- This study includes a survey of the research literature related to contemporary video-based courses, which have been produced by diverse educational organizations and teachers across several academic disciplines. Results were used to propose a taxonomy to effectively organize types of instructional media and design learning spaces.
Considering Two Audiences When Recording Lectures as Lecturecasts - Collier-Reed (2013)
Findings from this study demonstrate how the design and implementation of lecture-casting can be improved to ensure that students have the best possible experience of the material being presented.
This article includes definitions of flipped learning, and the author addresses some of the most common concerns among flipped learning instructors regarding the flip and proposes possible solutions.
Does Digital Scholarship through Online Lectures Affect Student Learning? - Kinash, et al. (2015)
- Overall conclusions from the combined research questions in this study indicate that online digital content is a worthwhile teaching and learning pursuit; discipline and context must be considered in designing specific learning materials.
This study had the primary goal of gaining a better understanding of how students were using recorded lectures in their learning and how their study habits have been influenced by the technology.
PowerPoint has built in audio features that are great for adding audio to slides.
Adding and Editing Audio
Record/Edit Audio in a Slide Show and Add Slide Timings
Audio narrations and timings can enhance a web-based or self-running slide show. If you have a sound card, microphone, and speakers, you can record your PowerPoint presentation and capture your voice narrations, slide timings, and ink and laser pointer gestures.
Export a Presentation as an MP4
Exporting the PowerPoint presentation as an MP4 means the user is able to watch the presentation from most video players.
Depending on the version of PowerPoint you're using, you can use built-in features, an add-in, or workarounds to add closed captions or subtitles to videos and audio files in your presentations. Adding closed captions makes your presentation accessible to a larger audience, including people with hearing disabilities and those who speak languages other than the one in your video.
The PowerPoint Audio Tutorials use Hoonuit. After selecting a tutorial you may be asked to log in using your NDUS.Identifier and password. Visit the NDUS.Identifier page for username and password questions.
VoiceThread is a new tool that is available in Blackboard that can provide collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting among students and instructors.
How can I use VoiceThread?
VoiceThread has many potential uses for both in-person and online classes. Plus, because both faculty and students have access to create VoiceThreads, students can create their own content for assignments.
- Narrate a PowerPoint presentation with audio or video.
- Pose a question or topic and use it as a visual discussion board.
- Encourage student to student interactions.
- Create digital stories by narrating over images, videos and slides. Or, create collaborative stories with VoiceThread's collaboration features.
- Upload video to VoiceThread and gather reflections.
- Practice a foreign language.
- Evaluate, review or critique an idea or a student presentation
Where to Find VoiceThread in Blackboard
Once you open the tool in Blackboard, it will automatically log you in to their site.
- Go to a content area in Blackboard.
- Click on Tools
- Select VoiceThread – UND
- A new window will open to name the link and put in a description. You can attach documents, have it graded, select availability, select the dates available, and tracking.
- For students, once they click on the link in the course, their account is automatically created for them.
- A new window will open and you will be in VoiceThread Setup or the configuration portion.
- There are 3 non-graded links
- Course View – takes you into your course group on VoiceThread
- Home - Homepage
- Individual VT – How you share specific threads
- There are 3 graded links if you chose this option earlier in the setup called enable
evaluation. You will then need to put in a number for points possible and this will
connect to you gradebook. You will then need to tell it where to connect these points
to. Click on the graded link you just created and now you can configure it. A new
window will open. Select Assignment Builder. Then select from the three types
- Create a VoiceThread – students create a VoiceThread of some type
- Submit a Comment – can require an amount of comments
- There are 3 non-graded links
- Watch a VoiceThread – students just watch the VoiceThreadOnce you choose what type of link you want to show the students, you can create your VoiceThread with Audio, Video, and share documents on your computer.
Here are some links to their workshops, blogs, and their YouTube Channel for more in depth information.
YuJa is a video platform that allows users to host video content and record video lectures that can be used as part of curriculum deployment. Read our recently added FAQ section.
Accessing YuJa - Follow these steps to log in to Yuja through a Blackboard site to create your account with the appropriate permissions and storage.
- Getting Started Guide for Instructors
- Getting Started Guide for Students
- Allow Students to Publish to a Course Channel
To learn more about YuJa, register to attend a training session or view the recorded training sessions below:
- Organizing and managing your YuJa videos
- YuJa lecture capture software and linking your Yuja content into Blackboard
Creating a Recording
- Create a recording directly from YuJa web portal - Found at UND.yuja.com (recommended for easier workflow)
- Create a recording with the YuJa Mashup tool in a Blackboard site
Deploying a Recording
- YuJa Media Chooser (Embedded Media through Blackboard Mashups)
- CIM Tool (recommended for most robust viewing analytics)
- Course Channel
- Direct Links for use outside of Blackboard
- Please note that students are not able to publish their recordings to a course media channel by default. Review this article for instructions on Allowing Students to Publish to a Course in YuJa
Editing Existing Content
Content Storage and Deletion
- Downloading content from your YuJa media library to your local machine (for students and instructors)
- Allowing students to download recordings
- Deleting content from your YuJa media library and restoring content from the YuJa recycle bin
- Instructors are given 150 GB of total storage
- Students are given 10 GB of total storage
- As part of regular digital course material maintenance, we encourage instructors to only keep active course content for the current semester available in YuJa. This aids in avoiding references to redundant or outdated content. Content that you are no longer using should be downloaded and removed from YuJa If there is a need for extra space to store active course content, please submit a request for additional storage.
- Adding and Editing Captions in YuJa
- The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform also integrates with third-party human captioning services for both automated and manual workflows. If you need third-party captioning please contact us for more information.
YuJa's Exam Proctoring ensures the security of student exams taken from remote locations. Exam Proctoring also allows the instructor to provide tools to record video. The Proctor Recorder also ensures that the recording is only securely allocated to a centralized instructor folder which will avoid distribution of the exam recording by the student. To set up YuJa proctoring in your course, please follow these instructions.
YuJa Tutorials and Help Guides
Additional YuJa tutorials and help guides are available. Please note that some of the guides are referencing advanced features that are not required for general use of the product.
Can YuJa recordings be linked to a menu item in Blackboard similar to how Tegrity recordings were linked?
Yes. This can be done by creating a Course Channel in YuJa. To do this, the course instructor would add a YuJa Tool Link as a menu item in a Blackboard course. By clicking on this link, a Course Channel will be created in YuJa. Any content or recordings that is published to that Course Channel will be viewable by clicking on that menu item in Blackboard.
The YuJa Tool Link has been added and made available in the Blackboard course site. Why aren't students able to access the YuJa recordings for this course?
After adding the YuJa Tool Link to a Blackboard site, the course instructor must click on the link to create the Course Channel in YuJa. Once the Course Channel is created in YuJa, any videos that should be associated with the course must be published to the course channel in order for them to appear in the YuJa play list for students.
How can a YuJa recording be made available for download?
By default, all YuJa recordings are set as unavailable for viewers to download. Instructors can change this setting for each recording to allow viewers to download the recording by following these steps.
How can students share their YuJa recordings and content with the instructor and other students in the course?
The instructor can enable publishing to the Course Channel, so that students can publish their recordings to be viewed by others when clicking on the YuJa Tool Link in the course menu in Blackboard. Students can also use the mashup tool in Blackboard to attach a recording to an assignment.
When viewing a YuJa recording, the audio and video are out of sync. Is there a way to fix this?
If the audio and/or video appear to be delayed and not in sync with one another, the viewer should adjust the screen resolution on their computer to a different size.
When viewing a YuJa recording, the video is small. How can I view it in full screen?
If you receive the error message when attempting to play a YuJa video in full screen, “Full screen mode is unavailable in this context,” you will need to open the video in the external player. Please follow these instructions for opening in the External Player.
Digital Video Product Comparison
The below table will provide a comparison of the products on this page: