Remote Teaching with Video: Tech Tips

Notes on using Canvas Studio

  • When recording in Canvas Studio you have a choice of using either Screen Capture or Webcam Capture. DO NOT use Webcam Capture. It is unreliable. The Screen Capture tool provides a webcam option that works better.
  • When recording with Studio, keep recordings to 10 minutes or less. Longer videos can be problematic because of browser resource and bandwidth limits. Zoom is the better tool for recording long format lectures.
  • Studio is a tool for managing audio and video content in your course.  It has built-in recording tools but you can also use other tools to capture and edit your recordings. Mobile devices, cameras, audio recorders, QuickTime, Camtasia and other tools can be used to record your content.
  • Regardless of how your media recordings are created, it is recommended that you embed the content in your course by using Studio because Studio does not have storage limits or impact Canvas course quotas.

Notes on using Zoom

  • Use the Zoom app. The browser version is lacking some of the useful features (including Gallery View and Polling).
  • Zoom cloud recording is not available to instructors in medical training programs. Exceptions are made on an individual basis at the discretion of each school (SOM, SON, RSPH). 
  • When you are adding Zoom recording links to Canvas Modules be sure to select the check box for 'Open In New Window', if you don't the video won't play.
  • It's probably best not to share video with your class over Zoom; it's a bandwidth hog. A best practice would be to share the video separately so the class can watch before or after meetings. If you so share, keep the video clips very short and be sure to select "Share computer sound" and "Optimize Screen Sharing for Video Clip" on the dialog box in "Share" screen option.
  • Protect your sessions from Zoom-Bombing. Here's some prevention advice from Library and Information Technology Services and from Emory Police
  • To set Alternative Hosts and to pre-assign attendees to Breakout Rooms you have to use the NETID@emory.edu version of Emory email addresses. The FirstName.LastName@emory.edu address is technically an alias and not recognized by Zoom. You can find folks' NetIDs in the People tab in Canvas.
  • To ensure the privacy and security of users, hosts should be sure to end all Zoom meetings by clicking 'End Meeting For All'. 

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