Throughout the spring of 2018, I have been supporting a cohort of outstanding faculty at Muhlenberg who are preparing online courses to run throughout this coming summer. We began this learning community by carefully considering the Community of Inquiry model, and particularly building Social Presence within online courses. Video production for students, from short lectures to daily messages, is one important area of focus. But video production by students – as a means for students to co-create and collaborate with their instructors and fellow learners – is also emerging as something in need of support and experimentation. This post will address use of Kaltura’s CaptureSpace Recorder tool available to all students and faculty at Muhlenberg. I’ve begun this exploration with CaptureSpace Recorder because it is available for Windows and Macs, fairly easy to install and learn, and offers a tight integration with our Canvas LMS. But I hope to continue this exploration in future posts where I will consider PlayPosit, VideoAnt, WeVideo, and wrap up with VoiceThread. If you have other suggestions, please let me know and I’ll try to work them in, also.
Essentially, anything on your desktop can be recorded. Our Zoom application has some similar affordances, but the real strength of CaptureSpace Recorder is likely how easily it integrates into each individual My Media area of Canvas. Many of us have used VoiceThread as a way to collect and deliver personal introductions. I’d be curious to see if CaptureSpace Recorder might serve a similar purpose. The presenter could select a single image to place either as a desktop wallpaper or opened within a simple image viewer (Preview for Macs, Photo Viewer for Windows, Web Browsers, Skitch). The explication could happen over the image either as voiceover, or with the talking head situated in a corner by utilizing a webcam.
This personal introduction can serve to acclimate participants to the tool, which could then be used to present practically anything from slide decks to video commentary.
Here’s a quick walkthrough with screen shots. Please take a minute to install the desktop client. Practice opening something on your workspace and recording yourself. Again, I’m really curious to learn how this might be incorporated into your courses.
Setting it up