Posts tagged content development

Need content? Don’t re-invent the wheel.


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.

  • Videos: You know that video you like to show in class? Search for the title on If it’s on the web, they’ll find it. You can also go directly to the sources:
    • Free: YouTubeHuluVimeoPBS VideoGoogle Video, virtually any news source like CNN or NY Times.
    • Extensive list from, scroll past individual titles to see more great websites.
    • Subscription based: NetflixAmazon 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!

Staff Blog: Create and Publish Narrated Presentations on the Web


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:


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to read the full post.


Why you should be using Screenr in your online classroom


Screenr helps you make quick screencasts for your students and provides you with a variety of distribution methods. If you’re already invested in Jing, you may want to take a second look . Carolyn Kraut, Instructional Designer with COBL, has outlined a few key reasons why you should make the switch.

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