Need content? Don’t re-invent the wheel.805
Before you hire a director and camera crew to film your lecture masterpieces, search the web for FREE content that is relevant to your course. Here are a few of our favorite websites and a great video about using online content.
- University Resources: BGSU Library, e-reserves, Digital Video Streaming Server (DVSS)
- Educational Media: Open Culture, Creative Commons licensed work
- Audio books & podcasts: Learn out Loud, Librivox, iTunes Podcast section
- Presentations, Lectures, and Tutorials: Academic Earth, SlideShare, authorSTREAM, iTunesU, Open Courseware Consortium, TED Talks, Khan Academy
- Videos: You know that video you like to show in class? Search for the title on Clicker.com. If it’s on the web, they’ll find it. You can also go directly to the sources:
- Free: YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, PBS Video, Google Video, virtually any news source like CNN or NY Times.
- Extensive list from OpenCulture.com, scroll past individual titles to see more great websites.
- Subscription based: Netflix, Amazon VOD, iTunes (you can’t embed these, even if you pay for them, and each student would need to get a subscription to view as well. Think of it as a book fee)
Do you have a favorite resource we haven’t mentioned? Tell us about it in your comment!
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We’re breathing life back into our Facebook page. We’ll be posting some great information about teaching online, tools to make your (teaching) life easier, and reminders to help you through the course development and facilitation stages of teaching online.
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Staff Blog: Create and Publish Narrated Presentations on the Web78
COBL staffer Carolyn has written a great post about creating narrated presentations…which is something that should be easier than it is! Here’s an excerpt:
Narrated presentations are quite popular these days. I’m sure you’ve seen more than a few examples by now; we’ve used Articulate (expensive and not mobile friendly) and SlideShare (free, kinda clunky) in the past but have still not found the perfect solution. The problem is not creating the narrations (PowerPoint has had a narration feature for years), it’s distributing them with a manageable file size. Since PowerPoint does not compress the audio, a 10min. narrated presentation could be about upwards of 5GB! That would take a long time to download, even on the fasted connection. My solution utilizes two awesome and FREE web-based tools, which means there’s nothing for you or your students to download:
Click here to read the full post.