Videos can enhance your course by offering examples, explanations of concepts, and can be a visual for your students to refer to when learning new content.
There are several ways to add video to your course:
Hollywood movies or documentaries (copyrighted)
Brookens Library has many films freely available through film collections to which the campus subscribes. If you find a video you would like to include, contact the library for help linking to it in your Blackboard site.
If the film you wish to show is not available in these collections, it may be available in the library’s film collection or available for purchase. The library can work with you to find obtain copyright clearance for the film.
You can also request that your students find a film at a local library or video store. Contact your Brookens Library Liaison for help teaching your students to use the WorldCat database to find films at their local library.
Free videos from the Web
YouTube and Ted.com are just two of many great sites for free video on the Web. The embed codes provided by sites like these make it easy to add the videos to Blackboard.
To embed a video player from Ted.com or YouTube.com in your Blackboard course site:
- Copy the embed code from the video website.
- Go to your Blackboard course.
- In the upper right corner of your Blackboard site, make sure Edit Mode is ON.
- Click on the content area in which you would like the video to appear (for example, Course Materials or Course Information).
- Click on Create Item.
- Enter the title of your video next to Name.
- In the Text box that appears on the screen, click on the HTML button to view the HTML code.
- Paste the embed code you previously copied.
- Click Submit.
Create your own video
Check out a digital video camera from ITS or record your screen using Camtasia Relay. Once you have created your video, you need to put up for your students to see it.
Please upload the video to Kaltura Media through Blackboard. Learn more about Kaltura Media here.
Hints about videos in online courses
- Remember that large files can take a long time to download if a student has dial up internet service. Please be careful not to upload videos directly into your Blackboard course. Always link from an outside source as stated above.
- Videos should supplement content. Use videos to explain text book content more in depth, create examples of concepts, and extend the learning environment with outside curriculum resources.
- Other purposes for video in your course might be:
- Introduce yourself to students
- Student presentations
- Specific examples of past projects
- Feedback on assignments
E-Reserves are a way of placing documents on hold and linking them in your course for your students to observe for a short period of time. These items can supplement your online instruction and can offer your students a plethera of information that can enhance their online learning experience.
Reserve resources and review the Library policies for E-Reserves
Ideas for including E-Reserves in your course include:
- Streaming media to offer examples of concepts
- Journal articles used for example and research
- Case studies for course application and assessment
The term “Peer Mentor” program refers to a student modeling the role of the successful online student within an online class.
Online peer mentors are not simply representatives of the instructor but play a very distinctive role as peer mentors in classroom activities, sharing their experience, fostering discussion, and modeling the role of a successful student. In addition, they are asked not to perform any activities pertaining to grading.
See the Peer Mentoring website for additional information.
Request an Online Peer Tutor
To request a peer tutor for your online course, please contact your dean. COLRS provides a stipend of $1,250 to the college upon the request of the dean. COLRS will fund up to 2 peer tutors per college each semester.
Both on-campus and online courses have the same deadlines for reporting student grades.
To Enter Grades in Banner:
- Go to https://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/
- Click on UIS.
- Login with your UIS NetID/Password.
- Click on Faculty & Advisor Services.
- Then click Faculty Services.
- Click on Final Grade Entry.
- Select the desired semester and class.
- Enter your grades.
- Click Submit to complete the process.
SoftChalk is a tool to help enhance text-based lectures. It allows instructors to “chunk” their content into smaller pages, add images, flashcards, graded or self-test quizzes, and more. Learn more about SoftChalk.
Instructors may access SoftChalk using Citrix Virtual Desktop. View instructions for installing and using the Virtual Desktop app.
Respondus allows instructors to import questions from a text file and upload them to Blackboard courses.
To import questions from a text document to Respondus, instructors must format the text file in a specific (and simple) manner. Learn about the Respondus Question Import Format (pdf).
Once the text document is formatted, upload the questions following these instructions (pdf).
Kaltura Media is the video management solution at UIS. Faculty and students may upload video from other sources (MS Lync, camcorders or phones), record video from a web cam, or access Camtasia Relay recordings.
To Access Kaltura Media
Faculty and students access Kaltura Media through Blackboard. Go to the “My Blackboard” tab and locate the Kaltura Media module on the page. Click on “My Media.”
“Powerful, yet easy-to-use, Camtasia helps you create professional videos without having to be a video pro. Easily record your on-screen activity or import HD camera video, customize and edit content, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device.” (TechSmith web site)
Camtasia Studio is available for instructors to use in both the COLRS Audio and Video Recording Studios.
Contact COLRS for a tutorial on using the software or to reserve a time in the studios.
Beginning in Fall 2014, faculty may reserve time in the COLRS Faculty Video Recording Studio to record lectures or interviews. The room is equipped with a high quality video camera, lighting, microphone, green screen, and a computer for editing videos with Camtasia Studio.
Please contact COLRS to discuss your project.