Lectures & Presentations

Find tools for giving live or recorded lectures and presentations online at UBC. 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 rooms, and collaborative annotation in web-conferencing tools such as 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.

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
High demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default; 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 large numbers of 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). Zoom is well-equipped for sharing video and audio from these devices with minimal delay.
  • Recordings are automatically uploaded and can be shared with students in your Canvas course (in the recordings area for Zoom).

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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.

camtasia-icon Camtasia

Cost:
Free

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

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

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 do not have to be online to record.
  • You can capture 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 afterwards, including editing the video length, adding audio tracks, and even including motion animations.

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kaltura-logo Kaltura

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
High demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

Kaltura in Canvas

Record and share multimedia content with this video platform conveniently built into 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 can count in your Canvas course gradebook as assignments, if you want to track student performance.
  • Kaltura’s auto-captioning streamlines adding closed-captioning and video transcripts to your media, which improves accessible for students with less time commitment for you.

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videoscribe-icon VideoScribe

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
High demand

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

VideoScribe

Create animation videos on a virtual whiteboard that can increase visual engagement for lectures, presentations, and demonstrating 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 or spice up the content.
  •  You can upload custom Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) in VideoScribe and use these visuals as part of your animations, for a more personalized experience.

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 Recorded On Campus

UBC offers access to professional audio and video equipment to create high-quality lectures and presentations at no cost to you.

General Tips

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

Classroom Recording and Streaming

Cost:
Free

Bandwidth:
Variable (streaming is high demand, while recording is not applicable)

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

Classroom Recording and Streaming

Several campus classrooms have been equipped with built-in recording equipment, and UBC Audio/Visual has additional mobile recording kits to borrow.

What are the benefits?

  • These options are helpful if you’d like to record your lecture in the space and time it is scheduled to happen on campus.
  • By booking a recording classroom or mobile recording kit, you can be prepared to capture and/or stream your in-person lecture, so students can watch it inside or outside of the classroom.

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lightboard-image Lightboard

Cost:
Free for credit courses (i.e., you must have a course number associated with your recording)

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

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

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 afterwards.

What are the benefits?

  • Lightboard is effective for lessons where a live whiteboard-based visual 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:
Free

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

Privacy:
Complies with FIPPA by default

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 do 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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