Quick Tips for Maximizing Lecture Capture Video Quality

YuJa provides the tools you need to create high-quality lecture capture videos for your students, whether you use the desktop-based lecture capture software, hardware capture appliance, in-browser capture tools, or mobile capture applications.

Check Your Equipment

Woman wearing headphones records with professional headphones and microphone.In some cases, video and audio quality issues are the result of poorly functioning or inadequate equipment. For instance, you may find that your video and audio quality is poor if you’re recording with the on-board webcam and internal microphone in a laptop PC.

Audio Equipment Choices

A USB microphone is recommended. Both wired and wireless microphones will work, and YuJa is compatible with a wide range of USB microphones. Wireless microphones are a more practical classroom solution, but if you’re recording from your office or a home office, you can certainly use a wired or headset style microphone for clear audio quality. No matter your audio equipment, try to ensure background noise is limited.

Video Equipment Needs

For lecture capture recordings, a separate web camera is suggested. These are also available at a wide range of price points, with higher quality products offering improved resolution and increased features.

While a microphone and webcam make up the basics of a lecture capture recording, lighting can also matter. If your camera quality isn’t the problem, adding additional lighting may improve the visibility and clarity of your recording. This is especially helpful for on-site demonstrations.

Improving Screen Capture Quality

For most users, the screen capture process will be seamless, producing clear and quality recordings without additional effort. In other cases, however, users may have to adjust settings in the YuJa Software Capture desktop application or their computer to improve screen capture quality. Below, you’ll find some tips and tricks we’ve found helpful to create top-quality screen capture recordings.

Screen Resolution Settings: Match your screen resolution and your screen capture resolution. You’ll find the YuJa Software Capture screen resolution settings in Settings. YuJa’s Video Platform offers adaptive bitrate streaming, which improves the quality of experience by allowing recording in higher video qualities because they don’t rely on bandwidth and network connections. Instead, the video player detects the capacity of the user’s device and adjusts the bitrate accordingly.  

“For most users, the screen capture process will be seamless, producing clear and quality recordings without additional effort.”

The ClearType Tuner: Try out the ClearType Tuner included with Windows, which is enabled by default in Windows 7, 8 and 10. In Windows 10, the ClearType Tuner is located in your Display Settings under Advanced Settings; however, it is also available in older versions of windows. Turn on ClearType and use the tuner to improve the display quality of fonts and text on your screen.

Icon Size Settings: In Display Settings, confirm that icons are set to 100% size.

Full Screen Mode: Record screen captures in full-screen mode, rather than in a minimized screen for the highest quality recording.

Zooming In or Out: When showing a file or document on screen, or illustrating a web browser on screen, be certain you are viewing the screen at 100 percent, rather than a lower or higher zoom value.

With just a few tweaks, you can record high-quality video that make your students feel like they’re in your room no matter where they connect.

How Video Learning Facilitates Student Study Strategies

College student is recorded using cell phone. YuJa allows students to take time-synced notes inside a video to create a personalized index, return to a specific point in the video and search their notes. Students can download their notes and associated slides to create an offline study guide. YuJa also enables interactive video quizzes and assignments, and makes sharing recordings a breeze.

Video Study Strategies for Online Learners

While online learners don’t have face-to-face time with other students or the instructor, they may, depending on the course, have more flexibility with regard to different classroom components, like viewing lectures.

  • Review the course syllabus thoroughly.
  • Make a weekly study plan, setting aside regular times to work on class work.
  • Log into the course at least three times a week.
  • Connect with other students in the class as much as possible.

Using Video Study Skills in the Flipped Classroom

In a flipped classroom, students are provided with in-class time with their instructor and other students. Flipped classroom structures use class time for discussion and activities, moving the lectures online. To get the most out of video learning in the flipped classroom, students should:

    “Video learning can provide an ideal addition to any classroom.”

  • Plan time to watch lectures before each flipped classroom class period.
  • Watch video lectures actively. Make notes of questions as you watch, either on paper or using the Notes tool available in the YuJa Media Viewer.
  • Spend a few minutes organizing your lecture notes and questions before class. In a flipped classroom, you’ll have plenty of time to speak with your instructor.

Maximizing Video Learning to Improve Study Skills in Traditional Classrooms

Video learning can provide an ideal addition to the traditional classroom. In the traditional classroom, video learning tools most often include lecture captures, available after class. Students can:

  • Review lecture captures after class, particularly if you struggle with auditory learning, or you feel your notes are inadequate.
  • Use YuJa’s semantic topic analysis and search features to find answers to questions.
  • Re-watch content to provide additional review or to help improve understanding.

University of Manitoba Hosts YuJa Video Contest

LORI ISBER FROM THE CENTRE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING SITS WITH PRIZES FROM THE YUJA VIDEO CONTEST. PHOTO BY JOEFFER DOMINGO.

Lori Isber from the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning sits with prizes from the YuJa Video Contest. Photo by Joeffer Domingo.

When YuJa was deployed at the University of Manitoba in September 2021, a contest was launched the same day. Instructors and staff who used the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform within the first month were entered into a contest to win a prize that includes a UM tote bag and products from YuJa, Dell and D2L.

Entrants poured in, and winners have been announced.

“Wow, I never win anything,” said Dr. Juliana M. Marson when she found out she was a YuJa Video contest winner. The assistant professor at the Centre for Earth Observation Science can no longer claim to never win because she picked up her UM tote filled with prizes at The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

YuJa Video Platform prize winners came from faculties and units across UM including:

  • Faculty of Science
  • Asper School of Business
  • Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
  • Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
  • Faculty of Law
  • Max Rady College of Medicine
  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Robson Hall Law School
  • Vice Provost Teaching and Learning
  • Libraries
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Extended Education
  • Faculty of Education

Congratulations to all the winners!

This blog was adapted from the university’s news release. Check out the release here.

Bring Lectures to Students On the Go with YuJa’s Mobile Apps

Bringing educational tools to students, where they are and when they have time available provides them with the support they need to succeed in higher education. YuJa offers native mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices, which enable instructors and students alike to create recordings, upload media and download content for offline review.

THE YUJA MOBILE APP EMPOWERS STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS

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The YuJa app is an ideal addition to the YuJa learning platform. It enables students to access:

  1. Course lecture captures.
  2. Uploaded external video content from the Media Channel.
  3. Social learning features, including real-time discussions.

Additionally, the Video Platform offers a HTML5-based media player designed for optimal device playback. They provide adaptive bitrate streaming, network-sensing technology and interactive capabilities.

Users can simply download the YuJa app from the Apple App Store for iOs or the Google Play store for Android devices and log in using their SSO, either with their established YuJa login or a login provided via email (for institutions that rely on LTI-Integration). This maintains login for a set duration of time, offering students increased ease of access.

YUJA MOBILE APPS PROVIDE REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS

The YuJa mobile app facilitates learning in a wide variety of situations with exceptional practicality for hands-on training in various fields since the device and lectures can accompany the student wherever they go.

  • With the mobile app, a medical student can watch or re-watch a procedure or demonstration from multiple angles. This provides ongoing support for students during training, improving their ability to learn and maximizing the effectiveness of hands-on training.
  • During student teaching or teaching practicums, students in the education field can take techniques and lessons from lectures with them to their new classrooms to support their students.
  • For engineering and other technical students, integrated presentation media mean that lecture captures can bring diagrams and blueprints home, to the lab, or to the office on a mobile device.

How Analytics Can Improve the Educational Experience

View of analytics dashboardVideo analytics allow instructors to track the use of videos and media, how well they’re working, who is watching or viewing the media, and which parts of a video are attracting the most attention.

User data quickly highlights which students or groups of students may be struggling, and allows them to address those students’ needs.

The effective use of analytics can enable:

  • Improved student outcomes. Numbers and statistics can help determine the best course of action for an instructor, whether a certain concept needs to be retaught, or a certain student is struggling overall, a detailed report can show instructors where to put their efforts.
  • Higher quality instruction. Near real-time feedback can help instructors augment their learning based on student feedback.
  • Enhanced responsiveness to student needs and desires. By identifying challenges as they occur, instructors can intervene before it causes a student to fail. 

Analytics for Course Insights

With a comprehensive Visual Analytics dashboard, instructors and administrators can view: 

  • The number of videos and quizzes viewed
  • Total play length
  • Engagement metrics
  • A usage summary

Using the data, instructors can understand their classes at both a class and individual student level, including their participation, collaboration and where students might be struggling to understand a concept.

Analytics Drive Actionable Insights

The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers a variety of analytics tools that provide a comprehensive picture of instruction, course success, student understanding and more.

“The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers a variety of analytics tools that provide a comprehensive picture of instruction, course success, student understanding and more.”

  • Comprehensive Insights: Review total storage, total bandwidth, most active classes, and top videos on a single page.
  • Content Analytics: With Content Analytics, instructors can look at a range of information about individual media files and user interactions with those files, including an overall summary and specific information about views, browsers, operating systems, and a segment-by-segment breakdown of media content viewing patterns.
  • User Analytics: Analytics on a user level provide useful information about how a specific user is engaging with content published to Media Channels and Deep Linked Content for an individual class or group.
  • Group Analytics: Group Analytics provides information about historical cumulative views and historical cumulative unique views, along with the most popular videos and media content.
  • Visits Page: YuJa offers a Visits page, which reviews information about unique and non-unique users in the institution or enterprise and about registered devices. Administrators can quickly see organizational data, rather than information about a single class or media recording.
  • Storage Analytics: Storage tracks the use of storage in the YuJa Cloud, with both storage usage and the number of stored objects.
  • Bandwidth: Tracks bandwidth usage, either overall or on a class-by-class basis.
  • Gradebook Analytics: The Grade Book provides access to quiz scores.

Remote vs Online Learning: What’s the Difference?

The terminology has caused confusion among students and the public at large, but the main differences lie in planning and preparation for these courses. 

Remote teacher

Remote learning:

  • This type of education is an “emergency measure used to assure continuity of learning.”
  • Faculty must quickly adapt and use whatever tools are at their disposal, even if they’re not designed for educational purposes. 
  • This type of education may lack user experience if instructors aren’t trained to use available resources.
  • Students may or may not have access to technology and internet connectivity needed to fully participate in courses without institutional technology at their disposal.

Online learning: 

  • Online courses are purposefully planned and designed to function in an online environment.
  • Technology and tools are selected to support the instruction and to help meet objectives.
  • Faculty are trained and supported in their use of online teaching tools. 
  • Students only enroll in the course if they have the technology and tools to help them be successful.

During the pandemic, many realized that the flexibility of online learning is a benefit that should be afforded to all students, even beyond lockdowns and emergency situations. To that end, selecting technology to support true online learning is critical. 

Create a Successful Online Course With Tools that Support Online Learning

“Courses and content should be available 24/7, so students can learn anywhere, and using any device.”

For a successful online learning experience, a strategic approach must be taken to ensure: 

Availability. Courses and content should be available 24/7, so students can learn anywhere, and using any device. Offering downloadable documents for offline viewing, adaptive bitrate playback, and delivery that facilitate support across a broad range of devices all will help students and instructors be successful. 

Accessibility. Courses should be accessible to all, including providing accessibility features like closed-captioning, high contrast options, compatibility with screen readers, and adherence to standard accessibility templates and frameworks. 

Interaction. Enabling interaction between the instructor and students, and among learners, is important to facilitate idea and knowledge sharing. Each individual should be able to contribute to the learning process. 

Integration. Learning tools should all work together to support your learning ecosystem. Ensure your solution includes enterprise connectors and integration points for cross-compatibility with your LMS, SSO, and other learning tools. 

Support. Train and support both instructors and students in their online educational journey.

Inside Higher Ed concluded that as institutions work to meet the needs of students, they must intentionally design online learning. “We certainly do not expect all courses to be online in the future, but institutions would do well to support all faculty in leveraging digital learning tools and best practices… To best employ such tools in serving students, institutions will need to rely on thoughtful technology selection, faculty development, instructional design and application of proven frameworks to best ensure quality online learning.”

Student Perspective: How YuJa’s Accessibility Tools Helped a University of Alberta Student in Their Final Semester

Odayh Jamal recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton, Alberta. During his last semester, two of his instructors started using the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform’s Lecture Capture tools to record and disseminate lectures to students. 

Student Use Case 

“Videos captioned in other platforms were often unreliable and inaccurate. It wouldn’t catch certain words, making it hard to find what you’re looking for later.”

Odayh used the Video Platform for three primary purposes, all of which reflect the university’s goals of providing accessible and inclusive content to learners:

  • Transcripts: YuJa features like transcripts, which provides text of spoken words, made searching simple. “The transcripts made it easy to read everything that was said during class,” Odayh said, adding that transcripts also simplified searching by keywords when reviewing for exams. “The ability to search the text allowed me to find exactly what I was looking for.” 
  • Auto-Captions: An accessibility feature, many students use captions for an added layer of comprehension. Instructors were using another vendor prior to YuJa, but Odayh said the captions weren’t reliable. “Videos captioned in other platforms were often unreliable and inaccurate. It wouldn’t catch certain words, making it hard to find what you’re looking for later,” he relayed.
  • Rewatching Lectures: Before starting an assignment, and particularly before midterms and finals, Odayh said he would rewatch lectures to review any problem concepts and to ensure he was prepared. “(The other software) wasn’t optimized for learning,” Odayh stated. “In my final semester at the University of Alberta, YuJa made it easy to find information in eClass (Moodle Learning Management System).”

Embracing New Technology Improve the Learning Environment

Odayh said instructors embraced the new technology, which provided another avenue to connect during the pandemic. “If institutions want to make a positive switch, using YuJa could help improve the learning environment for students,” he concluded. “It’s definitely easier than other platforms.”

Creating Engaging Lecture Capture Recordings for Remote and In-Person Instruction

Recording lectures through YuJa’s lecture capture tools provides students with the ability to watch, re-watch, and review lectures wherever they are, using a computer or mobile device.

For online learners and flipped classrooms, lecture captures may provide the only lecture experiences for the class. Recorded lectures that are interesting and appealing to students will help engage students, keep their attention, maintain focus, and help them learn.

Below are some tips to create engaging recordings for all students, whether they attend class face-to-face or online.

Add Visual Interest With Multi-Source Recording 

YuJa makes it simple to incorporate multiple cameras, video feeds, audio and screen sources. This brings all of the tools of a well-equipped lecture hall online and makes it more accessible to your students, even those away from the classroom. Incorporating visual elements engages your students, including visual learners, as you lecture.

Visual presentation material is essential to take your lecture up a notch. It also makes note taking easier for students.

  • Use PowerPoint or another presentation software to incorporate images, notes and other information. You can easily share your screen as you produce a lecture capture recording.
  • Plug in your classroom SmartBoard to allow students to see you work equations, make notes or share information on the board.
  • Document cameras allow you to share printed material with students.

Most instructors are already using PowerPoint presentations, SmartBoards and other tools in their everyday lectures. These tools are even more important when recording lectures.

Helping Students Connect with Lectures

“Incorporating visual elements engages your students, including visual learners, as you lecture.”

Visual interest is not the only way to create an impressive and engaging lecture capture. You can implement many different strategies to maximize the effect and interest of your lecture captures.

Show: Show how, when and why this material matters using real-world examples. This is especially helpful for general education classes. 

Connect: Connect material to information your students already know. Making familiar connections can help students stay interested.

Summarize: For information dense lectures, summarize or review material before moving on to new material.

Define: Define jargon or unfamiliar terminology.

Outline: Use outlines, a table of contents and other tools to help your students organize their note-taking.

Explain: Explain difficult concepts in several ways to reach all of your students.

Use Assessment Tools

YuJa offers a number of ways to assess the efficacy of your lecture captures.

  • Incorporate video quizzes into lecture captures. The results will help define problem areas.
  • Review discussion boards for student questions. Check and see if students seem to be struggling with a certain concept or assignment.
  • Check your analytics for signs students are re-watching portions of videos. Analytics provide insights in real-time.

Choosing a Lecture Capture Solution to Meet Your Needs

Lecture capture provides opportunities for study and review, increased flexibility and serves different learning styles. When you choose a lecture capture provider that offers ease-of-use, practicality, and functionality, instructors and students will embrace the technology. Simplifying the lecture capture process will help every instructor to embrace new technology and find their way from the classroom podium to the student’s smartphone.

Choosing a Solution to Meet Your Needs

YuJa offers three distinct options for lecture capture. All three leverage the YuJa Cloud for transcoding, streaming and management. Designed to meet the needs of any size class or lectures on any subject, the YuJa Lecture Capture tools easily integrate with your existing classroom technology.

YuJa Hardware ApplianceHardware Appliance: The YuJa Lecture Capture Hardware Appliance is a hardware-based solution that easily equips a classroom for ongoing lecture capture. Once installed, the YuJa Hub can capture every lecture in the classroom, auditorium or lecture hall. The YuJa Hardware Appliance integrates with other input and output devices to deliver high-fidelity audio and video recording.

 

Screenshot of YuJa Software.Software Capture: YuJa Software Capture can be installed on a laptop or podium computer and offers increased access to lecture capture, as well as versatility. Any computer with the software can be used for lecture or presentation captures in any space. Instructors can record videos both in and out of the classroom. Applications are available for both PC and Apple devices.

 

Screenshot of YuJa browser based capture

 

Browser-Based Capture: The YuJa In-Browser Capture Studio is a HTML5-based browser-based capture solution that provides instructors and students with the ability to create lectures on-the-go using any computer with an internet connection. YuJa’s In-Browser Capture Studio allows you to share files, access an integrated whiteboard, and invite others to join you in recording a lecture or presentation.

 

Simplify the Process with YuJa’s Lecture Capture Tools

No matter which method you choose, the lecture capture process is simple for instructors. Recording times can be pre-scheduled, making the lecture capture process hands-off, or a session can be started on-demand with the simple push of a button.

Once your recording has begun, viewers can tune in and watch the livestream of your lecture capture on their computers or mobile devices. When the recording is complete, the file is automatically uploaded to the YuJa Cloud, where it is auto-captioned for accessibility and searchability. Within minutes, it becomes a part of your Media Library, and is ready to watch, access and search.

LTI Compliant Lecture Capture for Seamless Lecture Capture and LMS Integration

Learning tools interoperability allows third-party tools to communicate and work within the structure of a compliant LMS, without the addition of special applications.

IMS Global logo with "Certified" stamped across the center.LTI integration simplifies the process of faculty lecture capture integration, as well as student access to lecture capture files.

  • LTI compliance increases the value of your investment in classroom technology, both in terms of your LMS and your lecture capture technology. 
  • LTI allows auto-generation of YuJa accounts in the LMS based on LMS user information, and it logs the user seamlessly into YuJa without the need to enter credentials.

YUJA IS FULLY COMPLIANT

YuJa is fully LTI compliant, making installation and access simple for users. YuJa offers an IMS-certified LTI 1.1, 1.3, and LTI Advantage LMS integration for all commercial LMS systems.

YuJa’s standard LMS integration for all commercial LMS platforms includes:

  • IMS-Certified LTI Integration: We offer an IMS-certified LTI integration including provisioning of role, user, and course information. 
  • Gradebook Integration: IMS-certified LTI Gradebook integration and native Gradebook integration to automatically import video quiz assessment data.
  • Media Chooser Extension for LMS-Embedding: Instructors can directly embed media within LMS pages, modules, announcements, discussions, assignments, and more. Content is deep-linked using the LTI Advantage specification to ensure data is accurately tracked. 
  • Single-Sign-On Crosslinking: Integration enables cross-linking capabilities with an institution’s Single-Sign-On provider across non-LMS enterprise systems. 

Other Benefits:

LTI compliance makes it simple to access the features of YuJa, but offers a number of other advantages to users of both your LMS and YuJa:

  • Integrate student information, including access rights, directly into YuJa from your LMS.
  • Information from the LMS automatically transfers to YuJa, making setup simple.
  • Create seamless access to lecture capture video.
  • Offer instructors multiple lecture capture options, including with the YuJa appliance, YuJa software interface and YuJa web capture available through the familiar LMS

HOW DOES YUJA INTEGRATE WITH YOUR LMS?

“LTI compliant lecture capture makes lecture capture technology accessible and available through the LMS your faculty and students already know and use.”

YuJa relies upon LMS integration modules designed for common and widely used learning management systems. LTI compliant lecture capture makes lecture capture technology accessible and available through the LMS your faculty and students already know and use. YuJa meets the specifications to integrate with other compliant LMS systems without other technology. 

Integrating YuJa into your LMS is a task for your IT department, but once it is in place, faculty can easily make YuJa available to students directly through the LMS. LTI integration makes the use of lecture capture technology seamless, both for instructors initiating capture in their classrooms and students who need to view lecture capture videos. 

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