Lectures & Presentations

Find tools for giving online lectures and presentations synchronously or asynchronously (recorded at home or on campus). All tools recommended by the LT Hub have passed a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment and receive central technical and pedagogical support.

 Synchronous

Synchronous online lectures and presentations ask everyone to participate at the same time. They are a good way to include interaction and active learning, because students have immediate access to peers and instructors.

General Tips

  • Keep synchronous lectures short—preferably less than one hour. It can be challenging for students to remain attentive for long online lectures.
  • Include interaction and active learning to help students engage with the material and improve their learning. Use features like polls, breakout groups/rooms, and collaborative annotation that are available in web-conferencing tools like Collaborate Ultra or Zoom.
  • Use non-verbal communication similar to how you would use visual cues during in-person teaching to identify areas of confusion and monitor engagement. For example, ask students to indicate whether they agree with ideas by using a “thumbs up” response or other emoticon.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
High (a slow Internet connection may impact access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Collaborate Ultra

Run and record live lectures and presentations using video, audio, and screen-sharing in web-conferencing sessions for 500 or fewer participants.

What are the benefits?

  • Collaborate Ultra allows you to run and record interactive lecture sessions right inside your Canvas course.
  • You can upload PowerPoint slides or PDFs directly into Collaborate Ultra and display them through the tool instead of sharing your screen, which is better for accessibility.
  • Recordings are automatically uploaded and shared with students in your Canvas course in the recordings area for Collaborate Ultra, with no extra steps required from you.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
High (a slow Internet connection may impact access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None; however, you should advise students not to sign in to free Zoom accounts, as these accounts store metadata about tool use on U.S. servers

Zoom

Run and record live lectures and presentations using video, audio, and screen sharing in web-conferencing sessions that can accommodate 500 or more participants.

What are the benefits?

  • Zoom allows you to run and record interactive lecture sessions right inside your Canvas course.
  • You can connect a range of devices to use with Zoom (e.g., your desktop or laptop computer, iPhone, tablet, Blackberry device). Zoom is well equipped for sharing video or audio from these devices with minimal delay.
  • Recordings are automatically uploaded and shared with students in your Canvas course in the recordings area for Zoom, with no extra steps required from you.

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 Recorded At Home

You can create and share lecture recordings and presentations using your own computer. Recordings can be a more flexible way for your students to engage with this content, on their own time. You can also edit these recordings to make them interactive and engaging.

General Tips

  • Record lectures in clear and concise units, as these smaller videos are more likely to keep students attentive.
  • Create video transcripts and/or include closed-captioning to make videos accessible to all students.
  • Emphasize essential material by highlighting, using pointers, or zooming in to focus your students’ attention.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
N/A (Camtasia does not run online)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Camtasia

Record and edit lectures and presentations with this desktop capturing software.

What are the benefits?

  • Camtasia is a tool you download and install on your desktop, so you don’t have to be online to record.
  • You can record your screen and webcam to create lectures or presentations that display both your slides and you for a stronger instructor presence.
  • Camtasia has features for fine-tuning your video afterward, including editing video length, adding audio tracks, and even including motion animations.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
High (a slow Internet connection may impact access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Kaltura in Canvas

Record and share multimedia content with this video platform conveniently built in to Canvas, so you can embed multimedia wherever you need to.

What are the benefits?

  • With Kaltura, you have unlimited file storage and can upload individual media files up to 5GB each.
  • You can add in-video quizzes to engage students as they watch video lectures, which integrate with the Canvas gradebook as assignments, if you want to track student performance.
  • Kaltura’s auto-captioning streamlines adding closed-captioning and video transcripts to your course, which improves accessible for students with less time commitment for you.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
High (a slow Internet connection may impact access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

VideoScribe

Create animation videos on a virtual whiteboard that increase visual engagement for lectures, presentations, and demonstrating specific concepts.

What are the benefits?

  •  Simple but engaging pre-made animations can be customized without you having to master complex software.
  • You can incorporate these animations into longer lecture videos to break up and spice up the content.
  •  You can upload custom Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) into VideoScribe and use these visuals as part of your animations for a more personalized experience.

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 Recorded On Campus

UBC Studios offers studio space with professional audio and video equipment to create high-quality lectures and presentations at no cost to you.

General Tips

  • Make the best use of your studio time by preparing a script and/or a storyboard beforehand, so you know exactly what you want and need to record.
  • Utilize the expertise and experience of the staff at UBC Studios to help you develop top-notch and appealing lecture and presentation videos.

Campus Media Capture

 

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
N/A (Campus Media Capture does not run online)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Campus Media Capture

Request digital recordings of multimedia-rich lectures or presentations on different areas of campus.

What are the benefits?

  • Certain classrooms are equipped with a built-in media-capture system, which allows for scheduled recordings in these spaces.
  • Some faculty instructional support teams offer capturing services for special events as well in other spaces, using portable lecture-capture equipment.

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lightboard-image Lightboard

Cost for use:
None, for credit courses (i.e., you must have a course number associated with your recording)

Bandwidth demand:
N/A (Lightboard does not run online)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Lightboard

Produce short videos in a studio space while writing or drawing on a board of illuminated glass in front of you, with the option to add digital elements afterward.

What are the benefits?

  • Lightboard is effective for lessons where a live visual whiteboard-based representation would help illustrate key concepts.
  • The recordings are visually appealing, and the “floating” text imagery can increase student engagement, especially for “flatter” concepts.

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One-Button Studio

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
N/A (One-Button Studio does not run online)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

One-Button Studio

Record lectures and presentations with the touch of a button in a professional studio space, and leave with a fully finished video file.

What are the benefits?

  • This studio setup is ideal for talking with your slides behind you, just as you might during an in-person lecture or presentation.
  • The professional equipment and support provided when using One-Button Studio can save you time resolving the technical issues that sometimes occur with at-home recording.

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