Distance Learning Resources
Interested in incorporating technology into your class but not sure where to start? Check out these platforms.
Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows you to meet with groups of people, share your screen, record meetings and create breakout rooms for group work. Pro accounts are available for all faculty and staff. Please submit an IT request to have an account made for you.
Auto-transcription is now available in Zoom for those with pro accounts. We have created a tutorial that shows you how to activate the setting.
Google Hangouts Meet
This is the collaborative communication application included in G Suite for Education. It includes conferencing, screen-sharing, and chat.
In order to record and share a conference, use the following steps:
- Use Zoom’s local recording feature to record and save a conference locally to your computer.
- Upload the recorded video to your Google Drive. All Beloit College faculty, staff, and students have unlimited storage space on their college Drive account.
Share a link to your uploaded video on Moodle, via email, or through other methods.
You can use PowerPoint to record your voice on each slide as you lecture.
All campus Macs are equipped with iMovie. You can use this tool to edit video and create mp4s that can be uploaded to YouTube.
Windows MovieMaker has been integrated into Photos. Photo is a great resource for quickly trimming a video. You can use this tool to edit video and create .mp4s that can be uploaded to YouTube or Google Drive.
Captions are an important part of accessibility. Creating captions through YouTube is easy and free. Once you’ve created your video upload it to YouTube, add captions, and share the link with your students. You can keep your videos hidden so they are not discoverable to anyone without the link.
Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that is available through the library computer labs. During the fall semester, you will be able to access this through virtual desktop.
WordPress is a free website builder that contains dozens of templates. The interface is easy to use and versatile. Great resource for group projects and portfolios.
Google Sites is a free website builder that is available for free. The interface is easy to use and versatile. Great resources for group projects and portfolios. Students and instructors use their Beloit credentials to login and create a site.
Adobe Spark is an online design application that allows you to create graphics, posters, and short videos. All Beloit College faculty and students are able to create an account.
Flipgrid is a website where instructors create categories and students respond to prompts with video reflections. This is a good tool for asynchronous discussions. It is available as a website and an app.
Canva is a graphic design platform where users can create presentations, posters, flyers, social media graphics, and pamphlets. In order to use Canva users need to create a free account.
Voyant is an open source, web-based application for reading and text analysis of digital texts, helping students identify and study patterns and trends within a text. Results can be downloaded as visualizations, tab-separated data, or embedded directly to your LMS.
Tableau is a data visualization software that is capable of complex data modeling and has a wide variety of visualization outputs. Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Builder are free for students and instructors, as is Tableau Public.
Audacity is an open source digital audio recording and editing application. This tool makes it easy to cut, copy, paste, and insert audio clips, adjust volumes with fades, and run basic audio enhancements, making it ideal for the beginning Podcaster.
There are a variety of options available for showing video in your courses.
- Use in-person class time to show videos. DVDs can be put on reserve for students that need access later.
Many faculty are utilizing streaming to show video to their students.
- Synchronous: Show video over a Zoom video by playing the DVD and sharing your screen. Viewing quality is best when using a DVD. Recording the presentation would be a violation of copyright.
- Asynchronous: Utilize one of the library’s streaming platforms:
- Academic Video online: Contains over 65,000 documentaries, films, and series in a variety of disciplines. Students will be prompted to login with their Beloit College account.
- Alexander Street Press Video: This database contains over 140,000 videos. Students will be prompted to login with their Beloit College account in order to access.
- Films on Demand: Social Sciences Video Collection: Over 4,500 videos are available. Students will login with their Beloit College account.
- Global Environmental Justice Documentaries Collection: Contains documentaries explore human rights and environmental protection issues triggered by inequality, global development and climate change.
The video I need to show to my class is not available on these platforms, what are my options?
- One option is to show the video via Zoom or Google Hangouts/Meet. This is only available for synchronous viewings as recording the video would be a violation of copyright.
- Students can utilize InterLibrary Loan and local public libraries for videos. We are happy to help your students find resources through their library or make ILL requests.
- Students that are at home can utilize their public library for streaming video as well. Many public libraries have Hoopla which is a streaming service has many films and series.
- Many recent and popular films are available through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Most subscription platforms have free trials for those that don’t have access to an account. This is the least desirable option, but in some cases, academic libraries are not able to purchase streaming video for feature films.
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