Student Practicing Social Distanced Learning

Five Ways YuJa Can Help Students And Teachers Adapt To An Online Learning Environment

As many schools and institutions continue to make the switch to an online learning setting, online learning has become vital in ensuring that students are on course with their learning. Many institutions are expected to continue teaching remotely for the remainder of 2020. 

As current events continue to unfold, it remains uncertain whether students and teachers will return to their traditional classroom settings in the near future. For now, until the rest of 2020, distance education remains the primary option.

Student Practicing Social Distanced Learning

Here Are 5 Ways YuJa Can Support an Online Learning Environment


1. Scalable Virtual Classrooms / Interactive Video Conferencing


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With the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, Instructors can host virtual office hours with one-on-one student engagement or in a large group setting. Instructors can also choose how to split the participants of a meeting into separate sessions automatically or manually at any time. Our cloud-based architecture enables us to instantly scale from small group collaborations to large-scale lectures and webinars. These features not only promote an active learning environment, but provide students with a convenient tool to remotely participate in group projects and after-hour meetings.


2. Fully Integrated Video Editor



With a switch to a remote learning environment, teachers will need to record various lessons and lectures for their online courses. Likewise, students will need to record video assignments and recordings to submit, as well. The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform offers built-in editing capabilities for video content allow for users to revisit saved content to edit recordings, revise slide contents, improve captioning without the need for third-party applications. Video editing allows Content Creators to create professional and polished media content, free from extraneous material or third party applications. The Video Editor is non-destructive, and your edited video is saved as a new file, without damage to the original media.


3. In-Video Quizzing


In-Video Quizz


In a remote setting, knowledge checks within an online learning environment can help keep students engaged in learning content and reinforce various topics that were presented. This feature prevents students from skimming past lessons and helps retain their focus on their course material. With YuJa, interactive assessment capabilities are offered within the video experience including the ability to create video quizzes, insert related documents, and post interactive comments.

By combining video quizzes with instructive in-video prompts and time-based supplementation information, students can stay focused and engaged while following along a lesson at home. Quizzes can also contain a various question types that include ungraded group polls, multiple-choice, true-false questions, short-answer, reflective-pause, and multiple-select questions. 


4. Auto-Captioning Capabilities


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While providing captions remains a straight-forward undertaking, it is also important to ensure consistent captioning whilst remaining compliant to current regulations. With the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, users are given multiple options to generate video captions easily – whether you are captioning one video or an entire collection of videos. Auto-captioning capabilities are automatically available for newly created YuJa video content in multiple languages. As students continue to learn from home, the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform’s auto-captioning capabilities provide accurate captions, translations, and transcripts for users to maximize content engagement and accessibility.


5. A Video Content Management System (CMS)

With many industry leading platforms, your institution has a single place to store and share videos. The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform provides users ease-of-use when accessing specific content with a public EnterpriseTube. Individual Course Channels, Campus Channels, and Public Channels, help facilitate content search. Further, Individual User Collections also facilitates the search process to upload and share content within a secure, centralized video library. A centralized video library provides users and faculty with many new tools and options to disseminate information remotely.



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COVID-19 and the Use of Remote Learning, Video Learning, and Lecture Capture

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop, YuJa Inc. sends our thoughts and prayers to the individuals and families who are affected. To our partners and customers, as global implications continue to arise, YuJa is committed to ensure that your ability to utilize our products is unaffected as we continue to monitor the steady developments.


COVID-19 and the Use of Remote Learning

With institutions worldwide considering how the global outbreak could affect its institutions, major universities have already begun to shift their courses online to reduce risk and the outbreak’s impact on instruction. Many institutions across the University of California system have cancelled in-person classes to make the switch to remote learning and implement various methods of remote work and technology-focused pedagogies more than ever. As developments continue to arise, additional schools and organizations are expected to follow suit.

Utilizing Remote Learning & What is Available

With the increasing switch to online courses permeating schools across the world, e-learning pedagogies such video conferencing tools, online lectures, learning management systems (LMSs), and video platforms are essential teaching tools used to compensate the lack of an in-person classroom setting. 

  • Enterprise Video Platforms provide easy access to digital learning material from any location. With your all-in-one Video Platform, built-in editing capabilities for video content allow for users to revisit saved content to edit recordings, revise slide contents, improve captioning without the need for third-party applications.  


  • Content Management Systems (CMS) provide instructors and students with on-demand access to a centralized, searchable video library to store and securely share flipped classroom content and student or instructor-created recordings across multiple formats.


  • Video Conferencing allows for instructors to deliver virtual lectures and engage with students to provide live discussions online and present certain presentations remotely. With video conferencing, students can also attend virtual office hours to supplement their learning remotely.


As we continue to carefully monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19, our team at YuJa is dedicated to develop a sustainable workflow that helps instructors and students alike continue to maximize their levels of productivity. In a time where individuals have no choice but to work remotely or deal with this illness, YuJa aims to promote clarity and productivity among all institutions worldwide.



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Project-based Online Learning

Face-to-face classrooms in k-12 and higher education have embraced project-based learning. According to the Buck Institute for Education, project-based learning or PBL is “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.” Unsurprisingly, this strategy produces high levels of student engagement in all age groups.

Project-based Learning Online

When you think of project-based learning, you likely imagine a student or group of students sitting at a table, working in a library, or engaging in some form of hands-on learning. `These mental pictures do not mesh easily, for many educators, with online learning. In fact, online learning offers some advantages for project-based learning, particularly flexible time, scheduling and work locations.

Project-based learning works because it’s in-depth, involved and engaged. These traits can translate surprisingly easily to online learning, but it does require that the instructor be quite intentional about planning, goal-setting, and communication.

Instructors can think of project-based online learning as a series of manageable steps. 

  1. Provide a hook to draw the student’s attention; this hook can be a question, statement or problem. The hook can be presented as a video or a document, but should immediately make students ask questions.
  2. Produce a video to introduce the project to students. This should be short, interesting and appealing to the intended age group.
  3. Design assessments to measure student learning and understanding. These should take place throughout the course of the project, and can enable instructors to provide additional support when necessary.
  4. Create learning materials for students, including readings and videos. These can be specific to the project, or provide necessary background information. 
  5. Build an example tutorial for students that contains a detailed rubric, sample project, and grading or scoring of the sample project. This provides all students with a clear understanding of requirements and expectations. 
  6. Score and grade projects. Provide opportunities for revision to support student success.
  7. Provide an environment to share projects with classmates or even a broader community. This can be a face-to-face interaction, like a science fair, or can be shared through video.

Taking Hands-On Learning Online


Online learning offers many opportunities for students, including increased flexibility; however, it can be more challenging to integrate hands-on learning experiences into an online learning environment. Hands-on learning increases student success and retention, and is especially critical in fields like medicine, nursing and science. Courses that blend online and in-person learning can rely upon laboratory work, but many others do not have that opportunity. The smart use of both high-tech and very low-tech learning options can bring hands-on learning to the online classroom.

The Virtual Laboratory

Virtual simulations provide an effective way to integrate hands-on experience into the science classroom, particularly at lower and introductory levels. For instance, anatomical dissections can be done via online simulations. A high quality online simulation allows the student to very closely mimic the experience of actual dissection. Incorporating virtual laboratories not only allows students to experience dissection and other activities online, but also offers a substantial cost savings to colleges and universities. In addition to dissection, virtual simulations offer opportunities to practice other skills, like electrical engineering.

Kitchen Chemistry

Traditional experiments in the chemistry lab do not translate well to online simulations, but many basic principles of the chemistry laboratory can be taught in the home kitchen, using common, everyday components. Kitchen chemistry can allow students to learn experimental methodology and technique while taking online courses.

Modern technology has expanded the learning options for students without access to traditional classrooms. With the smart use of virtual laboratory simulations and home experiments, the online classroom becomes a bit closer to the traditional laboratory-based science class. YuJa makes it simple to create and demonstrate experiments in the classroom, integrating with classroom peripherals to provide an easy to see and understand lecture capture experience. Students can take what they’ve watched and use it in their own kitchens or on their own computers with virtual simulations.

Feldstein, Michael. “Teaching Hands-On Classes Online.” E-Literate. Web. Accessed on 19 August 2015.
Rivera, Carla. “For Some Students, Virtual Labs Replace Hands-On Experiments.” L.A. Times. Web. Accessed on 19 August 2015.


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