March 2017 Issue



Coming March: Camtasia Studio


Professors, are you looking for ways to clarify concepts that students can access anytime, anywhere, as often as they wish? Video might be the solution!


We’re excited to share that, starting in March, you will have access to Camtasia screen recording and video editing software. We have acquired a three-year license for faculty, and depending on usage, hope to renew yearly.





Here are just a few examples of what you can do with Camtasia:

  • record yourself speaking over a document while highlighting specific areas with the mouse pointer (example);
  • record a demonstration of steps in a process while narrating important considerations (e.g., a Google search with your critical discussion of sources, or how to use software) (example);
  • edit short existing video clips  (e.g. videos from your phone, openly available online videos) to produce a new sequence (example);
  • add titles, music, effects and other modifications to images or videos

Why should I consider creating videos?


There are many potential benefits to producing videos. Here are just a few!


Videos to support learning

  • align with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
  • can help clarify concepts or instructions that students find challenging
  • can help reduce the administrative load of answering repeated student questions
  • give professors an opportunity to share their knowledge and teaching expertise with the entire world beyond the classroom if they wish
  • are artifacts that professors can add to their professional portfolios
  • can be created at times that work for professors, in an inspired moment, in response to revealed student needs, or in anticipation of an upcoming challenge—this is entirely in professors' hands.


I don’t know anything about making videos. What do I do?

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to help new users hit the ground running with video production. There is a good series of instructional videos on how to use Camtasia on, which all GBC employees have free access to. (Sign in with the George Brown organizational portal. Need help? See this page.) There are also series on YouTube and collections on the Camtasia site. We also plan to offer workshops on campus—stay tuned for more announcements. 

For information on the pedagogy and research behind videos for teaching and learning, along with tips, you might find this paper by Brame (2015) interesting. 


What happens after I create a video?

In order to make your video easily available to your students, we recommend creating your own YouTube account and uploading your videos there. It’s not a perfect solution, but here are several benefits:

  • You have control over who your audience can be, setting the video to be viewable by the public, only by people who have the direct link, or only by you (this setting can always be edited)
  • You can choose your own account name, video description and other settings. depending on how findable you would like your work to be
  • You can delete the video
  • You can link to your YouTube video within Blackboard and emails, or even play the video in class
  • You can set the usage rights, and can even add a Creative Commons license which will make your work an Open Educational Resource (OER) that other educators around the globe can freely repurpose with attribution to you. 
  • The site is reliable, stable, and easy to use


What about captioning?


In addition to the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, the college has a Captioned Media policy that requires all videos to be correctly closed captioned. If you upload videos to YouTube, speech recognition software will automatically create captions; however, the captions may contain errors and can easily be edited for accuracy, as demonstrated in this video.


For more information on captioning, please contact Anne Villahermosa, accessible media co-ordinator at


I’m interested! How do I get access?


In order to run the software, you'll need to install AppsAnywhere on your computer, which will run Camtasia through a cloud-paging player--get the instructions here. The software is currently available for Windows; stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about availability for Mac users. 

For help with AppsAnywhere, call the help desk at extension 4357. ​For help with Camtasia tools, contact the Camtasia help desk 888 750-0686 or see their help page​.





Tech Tips


Digi Know


Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool that is free to use for faculty and students.

You Can:

  • Conduct Lectures and Presentations: Without the constraints of a physical space, your lectures and presentations can hold as many people who are interested in attending. You can also co-facilitate with a colleague from another institution, invite guests, take polls and surveys, moderate discussions in smaller breakout chat rooms, and share a recording of your presentation later with those who were not able to attend. Currently, recordings cannot be downloaded for further video editing or closed-captioning. You can assign a participant to provide real-time closed-captioning, when the need arises.  


  • Facilitate Project Meetings: Schedule meetings without worrying about travel arrangements or booking rooms. Take advantage of the interactive whiteboard to brainstorm and work out ideas, share documents, and enable the session recording to have an archive of your meeting. You can have a maximum of 6 video participants at the same time.


  • Hold Office Hours: Hold online office hours at any time of day. You can hold open discussions or bring students into private, one-on-one sessions by using breakout rooms. Students can easily tune into a Collaborate session via the BB Student app (free in Google Play and iTunes)




Unless you have permission, it is illegal to use others' copyrighted music in your video productions, even for educational purposes. However, you might be able to legally use your favourite copyrighted songs in the videos you upload specifically to YouTube. The YouTube Audio Library allows uploaders who use copyrighted music to see exactly what will happen to their videos before they upload them. (Wondering how this is possible? It's because YouTube has negotiated with record companies to monetize any videos that contain their music through banner ads!) You can also always freely use any music that has a Creative Commons license on it, such as anything on -- browse around and have a listen for pieces to add to your work and remember to adhere to all CC license requirements.





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