New Video Tools for Course Content Development

Looking for a new and easy to use tool to create closed captions for video content you author for your course(s)?  There’s a few new tools just out this Fall 2017 term that area available to all University faculty (full time, online, part time, hybrid, extend ed, etc.)

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If you’re the kind that likes to figure things out yourself. Check out the links below and get to work:

  • Microsoft Stream
  • Screencast-O-Matic

The two services both provide means for creating closed captions, though they are not designed to do so exclusively.

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft Stream is provided to University faculty as part of the Microsoft licensing enjoyed and provisioned by the University Information Technology office.  You can login here, using your University credentials to explore the service.  Think of Stream as an exclusive video streaming service that’s specific to and for exclusive use by University students, faculty and staff. Stream is similar to Microsoft’s other service, Microsoft Video which is similarly included in the Office365 service and related licensing. Stream does not permit any uploaded video to be set to ‘public’ access – only those associated directly with the University can be permitted to see video content. A more exhaustive review of the service is available here.

To leverage the captioning function follow these steps:

  1. Update_video__DOE_20170915PD_Supporting_University_Adjuncts____Microsoft_Stream_🔊Login and upload a video asset to the service using your University login credentials
  2. Depending upon the audio quality (including voice diction, pronunciation and related sound fidelity) and file length, the service will produce a caption file in about 20 minutes.  This is done through a voice to text detection algorithm, so it won’t be perfect, but it may be better than typing things up yourself.
  3. You can then pair the caption file with Warpwire, YouTube, or even just provide it as a rough transcript of the content in your course.

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic has long been used by University faculty for face to face and online courses.  What’s new is the pairing of the Pro level of service with a Google speech to text engine, which works much the same way Microsoft’s Stream does.  The difference here however is that the Pro level of service from SOM allows you to edit the caption from right within the program.  Microsoft’s Stream doesn’t permit easy editing of the captions, unless you download the caption VTT file and then hunt through this kind of mess to fix misspelled words, inaccuracies and complete blunders accordingly:

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To get more information on how to access the closed captioning feature in SOM, check out these tutorial videos:

If you have questions about using Screencast-O-Matic, or need directions on how to access the Pro service so you can access the editing function, record beyond 15 minutes and use the annotation tools contact the Department of Online Education.

For more information, faculty and course designers can contact the Department of Online Education.  Bear in mind, you need not wait to have a focused need based on enrollment in order to begin captioning course content you author.

Why would I use one service over the other?

  • If you already have a video in need of captions – look to use Microsoft Stream to create captions quickly.
  • If you are getting ready to create video content – and can do so, type out or correct the captions produced by Screencast-O-Matic.
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How do I get my JohnsonU.edu email on my mobile?

Getting your JohnsonU.edu email on your personal smart device, mobile, phone or slate is pretty simple. While the directions may be a bit different for your device the settings remain generally the same:

  1. Add an account that is of type Microsoft Exchange or Corporate type.  Your device must use Microsoft ActiveSync. POP and IMAP are not supported
  2. Use your entire JohnsonU.edu email address for the email address field
  3. Enter the corresponding password
  4. If asked for a DOMAIN – leave it blank.
  5. When asked for a SERVER, enter: m.outlook.com
  6. SSL should be ON or active
  7. S/MIME should be OFF or inactive
  8. Tap “DONE” to verify the settings.

If the settings don’t verify (don’t work), insure you’ve entered your username and password correctly.  You can do so by logging in directly to the email service using a web browser.

These settings should also allow you to view your JohnsonU.edu contacts and calendars as well.

Office365 Mail Settings
Office365 Mail Settings

Most newer devices including Android, iOS (Apple) and Blackberry can receive email to the device. Standard messaging/data rates apply and are the responsibility of the device owner, not the University.

What browser/plugins should I use/are needed?

Summary

This article includes information on what browsers and/or plugins are recommended for using Sakai, CampusConnect, FacultyAccess, Office365 and other related services.

Recommended/Supported Browsers
Recommended/Supported Browsers

Supported/Recommended browsers include:

Required plugins include:

We also recommend having antivirus software installed and up to date. For PC’s we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.

Some online courses or components that make use of web conferencing (audio or video) tools such as a web cam, microphone and/or headphone.