Using SkyDrive to Host Instructional Content

Editor’s Note: This post was updated on May 23, 2013 to include newer versions of the SkyDrive instructions.

Since we originally posted about SkyDrive, there has been increased interest in how this tool might be useful for hosting instructional content. Here are some step-by-step guides to get you started.

If you are unsure whether SkyDrive is the right solution or if you would like to discuss different options, contact Jessica, Sherri or John. We are happy to meet with you to help you find the right solution for your course!

Using SkyDrive To Host PowerPoint Slides

SkyDrive allows students to view their PowerPoint lectures entirely online without downloading anything to their desktops. For those that do want copies of the slides, they can still easily print or download the files. Because SkyDrive allows you to embed PowerPoint content, students can also preview their slides without leaving Blackboard. This functionality is especially useful for online or hybrid courses.

SkyDrive will keep your PowerPoint animation effects, but it will not be able to play any audio or video (unless you create a video lecture, which is addressed further down in this post).

This PDF provides step-by-step instructions for how to host your PowerPoint slides on SkyDrive and link them to Blackboard.

If you need background information about how to upload content to SkyDrive, this document (PDF) may help.

Creating Video Lectures and Hosting Them on SkyDrive

If you want to include audio or video elements in your PowerPoint lectures, you can use PowerPoint to turn your slides into a video. This video can then be hosted on SkyDrive so that students do not have to download a large video file (though they do have the option to download it if they want to).

Because students are viewing the video through their Internet browsers, they are less likely to have issues related to different operating systems and software versions.

This PDF will show you how to turn your PowerPoint into a video. Once you have your video, you can upload it to SkyDrive and share the link on Blackboard using the instructions provided above.

If you want to see how the finished product looks, Sherri’s video below is a great example of how PowerPoint can be use to create video lectures!

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SkyDrive Tutorial for Students

If you are planning to use SkyDrive with your students, you may want to provide them with a tutorial or overview about how you expect them to use it to access your content.

You can find a basic introduction to SkyDrive for students here (PDF), but you can always create a tutorial to meet your own needs, upload it in SkyDrive, and share it with your students.

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