Including multimedia content in a Canvas course is a great way to engage students and allows them to watch and replay content at their own pace. However, lengthy videos can lose students’ interest.

To keep students engaged, make sure to chunk multimedia content into smaller segments. For example, instead of posting an hour-long lecture recording, separate the file into multiple smaller videos organized by sub-topics.

Many free apps are available for creating video and audio presentations. Currently, at La Salle, we use Screencast-O-Matic for creating tutorial videos, adding audio over slideshows, webcam videos or audio files. Audacity.com is also recommended for recording just audio MP3 files.

Accessibility through video captioning

Even if you don’t have a student with hearing difficulties in your class, closed-captions can be quite helpful to other students.  Students for whom English is not their primary language, students with certain cognitive challenges, and students watching your videos in noisy environments can all benefit by the addition of captioning.

YouTube automatically adds captions to their videos, so if you upload your videos to the site, then share the videos with students through YouTube, they’ll include captions. However, if you have a strong accent, if there are multiple people in the video, or if you are in a field where the use of terms not commonly found in everyday conversation, it is likely that you will need to review the captions and make corrections.

 

For more tips and tricks, visit our tutorial on Creating Videos for your Students which includes directions for Creating Screencasts & Uploading them to YouTube.

Also, there is a lecture capture studio available to faculty members in Founders’ Hall, Room 640 with everything you need to get started to create your tutorial videos, lecture videos, or audio recordings with Screencast-O-Matic. You can reserve this room in EMS by following these instructions.