Part 6: Fall 2017 Labs

84 Using Digital Media Effectively with Mark Millard — 10.26.2017

In the October 26, 2017 Active Teaching LabMark Millard shared how to make videos and online lectures effective. Lab participants experimented with Kaltura and CaptureSpace Lite in Canvas and reviewed other tools from both the instructor and student perspective.



  • Use Google Drive (a campus-supported tool) to deliver instructional video because it allows for multiple sharing options, supports closed captioning, and provides great flexibility for the instructional support team and faculty. Furthermore, students can access all the advantages of YouTube without the noise of “Recommended Videos.”
  • Opt for audio/video feedback via Speedgrader (many students prefer it).
  • Construct Quiz and Exam reviews of common mistakes.
  • Create previews of upcoming topics.
  • Clarify problem-solving or process-explaining with Document Camera or Screencast.
  • Take advantage of the UW-Libraries video sources (e.g. Kanopy, FilmsOnDemand, Docuseek2).
  • Assign students to find a video example of course content for the week (then use the best as an example next semester!).
  • If you find an important video, find a backup of the video (in case the internet changes and your link goes away).
  •  Contact DoIT to get access to Adobe Presenter and Captivate via UW’s Adobe license (see KnowledgeBase). has great tutorials for these programs.
  • Stick with videos that are topic-based (so you can re-use them), last 7-10 minutes, and employ conversational language.
  • Check out the Explain Everything app (interactive whiteboard).
  • Try Quicktime for ScreenCapture — If you plug in your iPad or iPhone to your computer, Quicktime lets you record what happens on the iPad (directions).

Active Teaching Labs are held Fridays from 8:30-9:45am (and every other Thursday from 1-2pm, see events calendar for dates) in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out upcoming labs or read recaps from past labs. To stay informed about upcoming Labs, sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

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