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.

Integrating YuJa’s Video Platform into Traditional and Flipped Classrooms

For most instructors, the lesson plan includes notes or a written-out lecture, as well as visual aids, like handouts or a presentation. Each of these components are easy to adapt to YuJa quickly and easily. If you use other resources in your class, like a SmartBoard, integrated software, or even online videos, they can be integrated with YuJa. 

Depending on how you choose to organize your classroom, you may have to do very little to reap the benefits of a comprehensive, cloud-hosted video platform.

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Using YuJa in a Traditional Classroom

Your usual lecture can be captured and live streamed as you give it in the classroom. There’s no need to alter your lecture in any way. Simply:

  • Record your lecture with the YuJa Hardware Hub or the software-based capture interface with your computer, laptop or even mobile device. 
  • Upload any notes you’d like to provide to your students, including PDF readings, PowerPoint files, or other file types.
  • Add supplemental materials, such as digital resources, audio recordings, tables and figures. 

Using YuJa in this way maintains your traditional class structure, with the additional reinforcement of social learning tools.

IMPLEMENTING YUJA INTO THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM MODEL

“Flipping your class can allow you to engage your students in new ways, whether it’s through creating video tutorials, allowing in-video commenting or adding annotations.”

In a flipped classroom, in-class time is used for collaborative projects, discussion, and interaction with lectures taking place outside traditional class time. Lecture capture tools, like those offered by YuJa, are an ideal way to flip your class. 

Use lecture capture to record some or all of your classroom lectures. Allow students to watch the lectures ahead of time. Students can come to class prepared with the information they need to engage and interact on a face-to-face basis.

Essentially, the tools and methods are the same — you’re simply implementing all of them ahead of time. Flipping your class can allow you to engage your students in new ways, whether it’s through creating video tutorials, allowing in-video commenting or adding annotations.

IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR RECORDINGS

While many faculty adapt quickly to using lecture capture with their classes, there are some things you can do to improve the quality of your lecture captures and your students’ experiences with lecture capture. After recording your lecture, ask yourself the following:

  • Am I speaking clearly?
  • Is my speech timed appropriately?
  • Am I using visual aids or other materials to their best advantage?
  • Should I consider adjusting the height of webcams and microphones for better recording quality?

YuJa offers full-featured capabilities for recording multi-stream content with video editing and distribution tools available directly in the Video Platform. With minimal training, instructors and students benefit from the video platform.

Tips for Maximizing YuJa Video Quality within Lecture Captures

Managing Equipment Issues

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.

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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.

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 web camera 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 good-quality recordings without additional effort. In other cases, however, users may have to adjust settings in the YuJa Software Station 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 Station screen resolution settings by editing your Capture Profile and selecting Global Settings. Right-click on your desktop and choose Display to see your computer’s screen resolution.  Do keep in mind that extremely high resolutions may cause playback difficulties for some users.

The ClearType Tuner

Try out the ClearType Tuner included with Windows. 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.
We hope these tips help you to maximize your use of the YuJa lecture capture tools and to create recordings your students will enjoy.

Ways to Use the Whiteboard for Teaching

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Annotate

If you’re used to using a SmartBoard, the whiteboard offers similar tools, accessible through Web Capture. You can share a document and use the whiteboard tools to annotate the document, edit it, or mark out key points for viewers. Annotating documents is an effective and interactive way to engage students during a Web Capture.

Here, you can see an annotated passage from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You can also use the whiteboard to illustrate math problems, science concepts or simply to make written notes to accompany your lecture, if you’re not sharing a document.

Brainstorming

The whiteboard is accessible during Video Meetings and can be used for brainstorming with students or colleagues. You can also invite contacts to share a multi-person Web Capture. Mastering the basic whiteboard tools enables you to effectively brainstorm, mind map or work on project planning.  The following tips can make the most of your brainstorming session.

  1. Set some ground rules. Things like “every idea has value” can encourage people to actively contribute to your brainstorming session.
  2. Be open to spontaneous brainstorming. With instantly accessible Video Meeting and Web Capture tools, you can be working with the whiteboard when inspiration strikes.
  3. Let go of perfection! Brainstorming is messy, and that’s okay.
  4. Be okay with boring–sometimes brainstorming isn’t exciting, or even as productive as you’d like.

One of the most important things you can do when brainstorming is to save your work. Fortunately, with YuJa’s tools, that part is automatic. Your Web Capture or video meeting will be uploaded to the YuJa cloud and will be accessible for future reference.

Problem Solving

The whiteboard also offers an effective tool to solve problems. These could be real-world problems in the workplace, or problems posed to a class in a Video meeting or in the real-time discussion forums. Use the whiteboard tools to lay out possible solutions, test those solutions, and come to a final answer.

To problem solve effectively:

  • Identify the problem.
  • Provide any necessary specifics.
  • Identify possible solutions.
  • Choose the best solution to implement.
  • Create a schedule to implement the solution and check in to see if it’s worked, if appropriate.

You can use problem solving tools on the whiteboard with a single student, with a classroom, or with a team of students or employees.

Using Screen Broadcasting to Support Computer-Based Learning

Screen broadcasting is ideal for students in a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • Graphic Design. Show students step-by-step procedures in vector-based and photo-editing software.
  • Computer-assisted Drafting. Illustrate functionality of CAD software and demonstrate necessary actions to complete tasks.
  • Coding. Allow students to read code, then watch the actions produced by the code in a direct sequence.
  • Computer Science. Provide visual demonstrations of various essential tasks and programming operations.
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While those fields are a first-choice for screen broadcasting, it also offers significant advantages when training in any type of computer software, in an educational or employment setting.

  • Provide training on new company software without requiring in-person attendance at classes. Employees can watch the training when convenient with screen broadcasting.
  • Campus tutoring or support centers can use screen broadcasting to train students to use the Learning Management System or common software options, like Microsoft Office or Google Docs, Sheets, Slides or Forms.

Rather than having to explain or use screenshots to illustrate actions, students have the opportunity to watch you perform those actions on your own computer in a step-by-step fashion. This is also an ideal choice for a flipped classroom–students can see what they’ll be doing before they do it in class!

Local Capture Settings

Screen Broadcasting Options

YuJa offers several distinct and helpful options for screen broadcasting.

  1. Screen broadcasting is a choice available on the local capture profile settings in the YuJa Software Station. The Software Station can be used alone, or in combination with the YuJa Appliance.  The slider next to Capture the computer screen? above turns screen broadcasting on or off.  The Advanced Settings option below allows you to choose to display a single screen, or to display content from a dual-monitor system.
  2. Access screen broadcasting through the YuJa Web Capture option available on the YuJa site. Simply select Desktop Screen in the dropdown box, and your screen will be included as part of your YuJa Web Capture. The YuJa Web Capture doesn’t require any additional software, and is accessible from any Windows-based PC.

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