There are a couple of ways to utilize videos in distance teaching. Material can be recorded in advance with your tool of choice and made available to the students through the course platform. The other option is to teach in real-time by streaming, which also enables the use of interactive components depending on the system used.
Recordings can be made for example with Screencast-O-Matic or Zoom. Creating videos usually only requires your own laptop as the very minimum. Unitube lecture halls and -studios can be used to record high quality videos with the built-in equipment of those rooms. Mobile devices are perfectly all right for recording short educational clips.
The Zoom web-conference system is the primary alternative for real-time interactive distance education within the University of Helsinki. Zoom can be used to arrange distance teaching for a larger group of people (up to 300 participants per meeting). The sessions can also be recorded in Zoom and distributed to the students afterwards. In order to provide as stable and high-quality a connection as possible, direct streaming is recommended to be performed with a computer that is connected to the local internet (with a LAN-cable). An external USB-microphone or headset often improves audio quality and separate webcam improve the video quality. Please avoid strong back light as well as using both the built-in microphone and speakers of your device simultaneously.
Note! When using your own computer over wifi, please disable your VPN-connection. Zoom or Teams, for example, do not require a VPN connection to work and VPN might constitute a bottleneck in the network speeds.
One-directional streams can be broadcasted using Unitube lecture halls and -studios. We recommend using a separate back channel for interaction, for example Flinga or Presemo.
Recorded videos are easiest to distribute through the Unitube Uploader, in which you can create a video series linked to one or more Moodle courses.
On this page you can find instructions for the use of these tools provided by the University.
Educational technology services and training: email@example.com
For services provided by the Center for Information Technology (eg. Teams, Office 365, Zoom) you can get support by contacting Helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org