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Adding Videos to Your Course

Interested in adding videos to your course?

The best practice for adding video to your course is to use an embed code. Do not upload video files directly to your course shell as this can cause playback issues and likely lack closed captioning required for accessibility. This page will help you understand how to add videos to your course shell as well as how to create and deliver your own videos. There are also a variety of resources to enhance your video projects throughout this guide.

Who do I contact for video production questions?

DSC is lucky to have the video production team, known as Instructional Resources, who can help answer questions you have about creating engaging videos for your course as well as taking advantage of their amazing on-campus studio equipped with a teleprompter and several sets to fit your needs. Feel free to reach out to the team with your questions at instructional-resources@daytonastate.edu.

Embedding Video in Falcon Online

Insert as a standalone video

One option is embedding the video without contextual information using the following steps:

  1. Copy the embed code for the video you'd like to add (usually with a share button and includes the word iframe)
  2. In your Falcon Online, in your course Content, choose a module and select the Upload/Create button
  3. Select Video or Audio
  4. Paste the embed code for your video
  5. Save
Insert into an HTML Template

The following video will walk you through using an HTML template within Falcon Online to display your video and any context you'd like to include alongside it, such as text information and other media content.

Creating Videos

Creating a video using screencasting

Screencasting is a great option to demonstrate tasks on screen with the option to include a video of yourself with a webcam. These videos can better explain processes than documents with screenshots and arrows and are usually much easier to make accessible.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

  • Recording a micro-lecture with your PowerPoint on-screen with the option to include your webcam
  • Demonstrating a task expected of a student such as using a program or tool
  • Walk students through how to navigate publisher content
  • Share general feedback on a recent activity with a quick webcam recording

Creating a video with your smartphone

You can also use your smartphone to make great videos and send them to the Instructional Resources media team to help apply any editing magic and add professional effects.

Tips for Creating Quality Videos

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials shares these top ten tips on creating professional videos:

  1. Be clear about the goal or purpose of the video.
  2. Start with a transcript.
  3. Be concise.
  4. Make it interactive.
  5. Be descriptive.
  6. Minimize distractions.
  7. Think about your room’s lighting.
  8. Record in landscape mode on your smartphone.
  9. Keep it steady.
  10.  Use a video platform students know.

Ensure your video is accessible with quality captions

A few details to review while creating or editing your captions:

  • Accuracy - make sure the words presented are what you intended
  • Punctuation & Grammar - add punctuation and capitalization
  • Timing - adjust any timing issues where the captions may not be showing at the correct time within the video
  • Audio Description - consider adding notes where there is no dialogue but there is sound important to the context of the video

YouTube

Don't forget to review and edit your captions!

Though YouTube is able to create captions automatically, you should always review it for accuracy and overall quality (check out the tips above). YouTube has several options for you to provide and edit captions for your audience so please check out the resources below for more details.

Microsoft Stream

Don't have access yet?

If you do not have access to Stream yet, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@daytonastate.edu or (386) 506-3950.

Helpful Resources

Did you know you can add voiceover to your existing PowerPoints?

Check out the wonderful blog post below by Krissy Leonard, Senior Professor in the School of Student Life Skills, where she walks you through each step!

Snipping Tool

Use this tool to quickly create screenshots.

Grab & Go Kits

Use this video camera kit to create video lecture content.