Updated September 10, 2016
Throughout the semester, situations may arise where you can’t make it to the classroom. And if the upcoming winter is anything like last year, you should have a back-up plan to replace missed class time. Webcasting your lecture is one way to make up for that lost time. Even if you don’t teach a live-online course, webcasting is a convenient way to stay connected with your students and stay current with class work.
There are several options for webcasting and recording your lectures. Here are two tools to try:
YouTube Live (as of September 12, 2016)
What is YouTube Live? It’s a live streaming tool which allows you to broadcast and record lectures. You must have a YouTube channel in order for your students to view the live stream. You can share the URL to the broadcast so a larger audience can view it or you can share a link to the recording.
How does this differ from the previous version of Google Hangouts on Air? You set up the live streaming from YouTube, and unlike Google Hangouts on Air, it’s a one-way stream. You won’t be able to invite participants to the virtual space; the Q & A, Showcase, and Applause apps are discontinued.
How do my students watch the live stream or recorded lecture? From your YouTube video channel, create a new live event as Unlisted (anyone with a link can watch) or Public. To keep it completely Private, each of your students must have a YouTube (Google) account and you would send an invitation to each student.
What do I need to start a YouTube Live streaming event for lecture capture?
- YouTube account (this comes with any Google account) – If you don’t already have one, go to this page and follow the instructions. You can use it to live broadcast instead of using your personal YouTube account.
- YouTube verified channel. In addition to webcasting events, a verified YouTube channel will allow you to record or upload videos longer than 15 minutes and create custom thumbnails
- Webcam (optional)
- Something to capture: your computer screen or video of yourself.
Here’s a guide to get you started:
How to Use YouTube Live Streaming for Free Lecture Capture
Keep in mind
- There is an approximately 30-second lag time, so we recommend YouTube Live as a recording tool, rather than an online classroom.
- If you’re going to share a PowerPoint or Google Presentation:
- Open it before starting your YouTube Live session
- Keep it open in another window.
- If you are going to use the Full Screen option, remember that the screen share function will be disabled and your students won’t be able to see your slides. The workaround is to click on the Slide Show drop down menu at the top, then select Set Up Show > Show type > Browsed from individual (window).
Office Mix, an add-in for PowerPoint (Windows only)
Office Mix is a free, easy-to-use tool that enhances your PowerPoint presentations. You can add audio, video, and narration using teleprompter to your slides. You can also make them interactive by adding quizzes, polls, screenshots, and screen recordings. Other features include, saving your presentation as an mp4 file, editing, and uploading it to YouTube where you can share it with students and colleagues.
If you already have Office Mix, you can click on the “Mix” tab, located on the PowerPoint toolbar, to start enhancing your presentation:
Otherwise, you can go to the Office Mix website to download the add-in.
For more information on Office Mix:
Intro – Office Mix features
Office Mix for Education – discusses benefits of using Office Mix in the classroom, demos a quiz slide, video apps, and other features.
Screen recording tutorial
Office Mix demo
For more details about these tools or to arrange a consultation, contact Jean Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)