Feb 2018 Issue



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Enhance your Online Course with Short Videos


Cisco predicts that by the next year, 80% of the world’s Internet traffic will be video 


Video has been considered the medium of the future. Its capability of combining verbal and non-verbal information has the potential to engage a wide variety of audiences. If you are looking for ways to engage students in your online course, short videos might be a good idea.


When we think about video, we tend to think about studios, cameras, sophisticated equipment and long hours of recording. However, with the wide range of technology tools available, creating videos has become a simpler task. There are now software packages such as Go Animate, Articulate and Camtasia that allow people with no technical background to create animated videos that can enhance the online learning environment.  


Embedding short videos in your online course can have many positive impacts in the learning process because video, among other things can:


Create online presence: A video can create a sense of presence and attach a face to the name on the course outline. For an ethics course in the School of Nursing, the eLTI team collaborated with Professor Iris Epstein to create an introductory video that explained the goal, components and importance of the course for nurses.


Attract attention and promote anticipation: To capture the attention of the students and create anticipation for a cost control course for the school of hospitality, the eLTI team worked with Chef Sue Fleming to create a video with an entertaining story explaining the components of the course.


Promote application of knowledge: A short video can engage students in critical thinking and problem solving. For a course on team essentials in preventing acute deterioration​ at the School of Nursing, the eLTI team worked with SMEs, Jennifer Reguindin and Shoshana Helfenbaum from Baycrest Health Sciences, along with Elizabeth Kelson from Ryerson University, to create video cases for students to solve. These “trigger videos” use a simulation-based education framework as a basis of design, offering students the chance to explore a variety of authentic scenarios that reflect the complex team-based practice settings where they will work. 


The main ingredient to create a video is a short story; if you have a story part of the work is already done. If you do not have a story, do not worry, we will help you figure out one. Remember, we are here to help.


The Power of Video

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Dear eLTI


Dear eLTI

Q: I would like an introductory video for my online course, can you help?
Yes, you can start by creating and initial script and then meet with the eLTI team


Q: Where can I find information about software packages to create animations?
 in our February 2017 newsletter, provide information about Articulate 360, Go Animate and Camtasia. Additionally, we devoted our entirely March 2017 issue to Camtasia


Q: What if I want to include an animated story in my online course?
You can meet with the eLTI team to give life to your story


Q: What if I do not have a story?
We can help you create a story that promotes the achievement of one or more course outcomes.





Tech Tips


Digi Know


Linking a YouTube video into a Blackboard course.
Here are the steps:

  1. Copy the link of the video you would like to share
  2. Go to Blackboard > inside a content area > click Build > Web link
  3. Enter the name of the video
  4. And paste the URL of the video and then click Submit​







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