Recording Synchronous or Asynchronous Lectures

Faculty may find it necessary to give lectures remotely during campus closures. There are two main ways to deliver remote lectures: asynchronously recording a lecture through Zoom or Kaltura Capture (pre-recorded lecture) or a synchronous (real-time) remote lecture given through Zoom.

Whatever tool you choose and whether live or pre-recorded, there are two steps to sharing videos with students.

  1. Create the video (using Zoom or Kalture Capture)
  2. Share the video with your students through Canvas

Create the Video 

  1. Synchronous (Real-Time) Lecture: Instructors may deliver synchronous lectures in Zoom and record their Zoom meeting to share with students through Canvas.

  2. Asynchronous (Pre-Recorded) Lecture: A number of tools are available for recording videos that can be shared in Canvas. Kaltura Capture is the OSU-supported media platform for enhanced recordings. Zoom is also an option for recording asynchronous lectures.

    Any video created through Zoom or Kaltura Capture is automatically uploaded, after processing, into My Media in Canvas and is easily shared from there with students.

Share the Video 

Once videos are uploaded into My Media, those videos can be shared with students in Canvas - through announcements, pages, assignments, quizzes, or discussions.

To share a video in Canvas:

  1. Create or edit a Canvas content item, such as a Canvas page.
  2. Click the small green filmstrip icon in the Canvas Rich Content Editor
  3. Locate the video you want to share and click Embed.

Find detailed instructions to share your videos in Canvas using the provided tools.

Tips for Preparing and Delivering Video

Kaltura is where all your Oregon State University videos go, including Zoom recordings.

  • Kaltura has unlimited storage space. Don't be afraid to experiment. 
  • You can upload almost any video format into Kaltura, in resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. 
  • Upload a short (< 5 second) sample video first so you know what to expect from the recording and upload process. 

Try these important tips for uploading videos into Kaltura.

  • Name your videos in a consistent and meaningful way.
  • Upload material in the order you need it and upload early to allow time for file upload, processing, and potential errors. 
  • Don’t upload all your course content at once, especially if you're working from home. Space it out over hours and days.  
  • Be aware of your Internet speeds. Uploading a lot of large files at once can slow down your computer and your Internet speed. 
  • Upload and processing times will lengthen when there are a lot of users uploading content. It may take a half-hour to an hour to upload a 15-minute video and process overnight. 

You have a number of options for recording tools.

  • Consider recording your lectures in Zoom. Those recordings automatically transfer into Kaltura and can be shared with your students. 
  • Kaltura Capture is a free screen recording tool available for Mac and Windows users, accessible through your Canvas sites. Once installed, faculty can use Kaltura Capture to record a variety of videos including PowerPoint presentations with instructor audio.
  • Download and install Kaltura Capture from within Canvas by navigating to My Media within their Canvas course: click Add New in the top right corner >> select Recording Tools/Capture >> download the Windows or Mac version as appropriate.
  • If you use Kaltura Capture to record your lectures, consider recording only one input, either webcam or screen. Recording both inputs doubles the file size, the time it takes to upload and process your file. Consider recording a short intro video with your webcam and the rest of your mini-lecture segments with just the screen. 
  • Instructors can also use the Kaltura Webcam tool for short webcam recordings to create a quick video announcement or an introduction video. If you only need to record your webcam, you can do this easily with the Webcam Recorder. The Kaltura Webcam tool can also be accessed through My Media within a Canvas course by clicking Add New and selecting Webcam Recorder.
  • PowerPoint has a built-in tool for recording slide narrations and producing a video file.

Giving your video captions will enhance accessibility and can help all your students with comprehension.

  • Use Kaltura to request "ASR" ("automatic speech recognition" or "machine captions" for your video.
  • When using the Kaltura Captions Editor, save early, save often.

Edit videos:

  • Try it out. Learn the ins and outs of the Kaltura Editor. It’s not going to replace powerful offline editing tools like Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut, but it’ll do most anything you need.
  • If you're using the Kaltura Editor, limit yourself to only a few edits at a time.
  • Save a Copy... Never replace your original video. 
  • Always keep your original files if possible. It's always prudent to keep backups. 

Shorter videos keep your students’ attention and are faster to upload and process:

  • Breaking up your course content into 3- to 5-minute mini-lectures is ideal. If this is not possible, then try keep it to 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Breaking your content into small chunks also makes it easier to re-record a segment in the future if you need to update information or you find a flub. Replacing a video is easier than editing a video. 

Hands-on Media Support and Tools for Remote Faculty

OSU's Faculty Media Center personnel provide consultation and remote support on creating and using media in your courses.