Thursday, 22 October 2020, 9:55 PM
Site: Flinders Learning Online
Topic: FLO Staff Support (FLO_Staff_Support)
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eAssessment - recommendations from ACODE

At the ACODE (Australasian Council for Open and Distance Education) business meeting on Friday 13 March 2020, discussion focused on e-exams and alternate assessments. Members have distilled and articulated some key points from the discussions. The following are a first draft of some recommendations for institutions for consideration for any teaching that is moving online.

  • Run alternate assessment meeting the same learning outcomes, of smaller multiple stakes assessments, to meet the same ends. For example, where they might be a 60% exam these could become 3 assessments of 20% each run over successive weeks.

  • Randomise and tightly time questions in the LMS quiz tool (in FLO), limiting the opportunity for students to refer to other students or to resources. One would need to be realistic in the timings and warn students beforehand.

  • The use of proctoring tools is problematic at scale for both the service itself and for the University. We recommend caution. As many universities will be moving to this option over the next few weeks, it would be unlikely that proctoring solutions will be able to meet demand globally.

  • Alternate assessments for work integrated learning (WIL) could consider freely available simulation labs that can be downloaded and run from their own sites or through the LMS (FLO). Asking students to reflect on the activities in these simulations could provide an adequate approach in the short term.

  • Another approach to this could be to ask students to reflect on the situation they (we) now find themselves in, that is, having to work remotely. For example, if a student was to do a work placement in an accountancy firm, they could reflect on how they might, as an accountant, have to work remotely and provide potential solutions to this scenario.

  • All students have mobile devices, where they may not all have laptops with cameras in them. A possible solution to this is to use the audio capability of their mobile devices, in relation to assessment. For example, students could be asked to respond to long-form answers via an audio or video recording that could then be submitted through the institution's LMS (FLO).

  • With many professional bodies relaxing their strict requirements for proctored exams, take-home or open-book exams could be considered. If this is the case, it would be suggested that instead of providing just one scenario, multiple scenarios could be deployed.

  • Where nothing can transfer, then we need to consider the possible deferment of assessment; however, this should only be necessary in a minority of cases. This will most likely be planned, invigilated paper-based exams where alternatives are unrealistic.

  • Practical assessments or practicums could be bundled into a supplementary unit which can be offered in the following semester.

  • Instead of in-person exams, or employing expensive proctoring software solutions you could use the quiz tool in the LMS (FLO) in conjunction with Collaborate, so tutors/teachers can at least watch the faces of students undertaking these quizzes. Realistically, this could be done with classes of up to 16, or if multiple staff were watching, up to 30 at one time. Please be aware that not all students will have webcams, so this will need to be considered.

  • ACODE will establish, over the next week, discipline-focused CoPs for more nuanced discussion that will provide more discipline-based examples of alternate assessment practice.

  • Ideally where changes to assessment like the above are proposed to be used, it would be suggested to gain some institutional agreement across the faculties or academic groups.

eLearning equipment booking store

The eLearning store is an online booking system for all Flinders staff.

1. Bookings  |  2. Equipment ||  Support 

The eLearning store is an online booking system for all Flinders staff where they can book equipment for short loan periods (from one hour to a few weeks)


1. Bookings

The eLearning store is available at https://elearningstore.flinders.edu.au 
It is available for all Flinders staff (academic or professional) and uses Okta to authenticate.

2. Equipment

Items that can be booked include:

  • COWS (Computer on Wheels - trolley containing 12 or 14 PC or Mac laptops)
  • CALF (smaller COW - trolley containing 6 PC laptops)
  • Laptops (PC)
  • Voice recorders
  • iPads
  • Microphones
  • Video cameras
  • Tripods
  • Web cam/USB headset kits
  • Catchboxes
  • Wireless presenters
  • Video projectors
  • PA amp
  • Portable green screens

Video chat kits are also available for booking. These include:

  • 2 web chat kits (consisting of a webcam and USB headset)
  • 1 web group chat kit (consisting of a webcam and a Bluetooth microphone / speaker)
The following equipment is also available:
  • 2 USB microphones
  • Wireless Go Compact Microphone System
  • 3 Lapel mic kits

These kits are available for loan to academic staff for use in desktop video conferencing, virtual classroom sessions (eg Collaborate) or recording short videos for FLO.

You can book the kits via the online store.


  Training and support

  Troubleshooting

Support

Contact you local eLearning support team

No known issues with this tool


Engaging content - animation

Animation is moving images that contain graphic elements but not live action – these may be animated models, diagrams or characters.

For research insights into the effectiveness of animations for learning, and tips for creating animations that work well for learners, we recommend the short article Create animations that are good for learning by Connie Malamed. 





Camtasia iconCamtasia

Camtasia is video recording and editing software that features simple drag and drop editing and libraries of effects and interactions. With Camtasia, you can record, then edit your computer screen activity, audio and webcam input. If you capture video footage on mobile devices or digital recorders, you can import and edit it. Camtasia is available to all staff and can be downloaded via the IDS Support Portal. Home-use licences are available (request via Assyst). Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.

  • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to the Flinders University Staff development site for scheduled and upcoming sessions
  • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video provides basic instructions on how to use Camtasia 
Good for

  • Creating basic movements and transitions with graphics you have created or sourced elsewhere
  • Creating animations that include sound elements or narration

Useful features

  • Able to have items move or transform with time
  • Able to add some animated effects to video (eg zooming in). Click and drag animated effects onto timeline from library
  • Able to add animated annotations over video

Limitations

  • Basic movements of objects only
  • Limited library of shapes for animation (generally you need to create or source graphic elements outside of Camtasia)
  • Cannot create character animations

Cautions

  • Can be time consuming

Tips

  • Keep animations and effects minimal and limit to where they add value to your video
  • Camtasia project files can be large. While working on your project save your files to the hard drive of your computer. Working with your project files on network storage will slow editing down and can also cause crashes. Once complete, store the files on OneDrive or S: drive (your U: drive generally won't have enough space for these large files)

Help resources





Microsoft Powerpoint icon

PowerPoint


Good for

  • Building relatively simple animations using the graphic elements already available within PowerPoint, or graphics sourced elsewhere
  • Most suitable for animations that feature basic movements / reveals of the graphic content (ie to represent processes, systems, interactions, relational concepts)

Useful features

  • Familiar environment
  • Extensive drawing tools, shapes, icons, smart art libraries, grids, guides, grouping, alignment and layering options make diagram creation easy
  • Built-in animation effects and animation properties which provide control of timing and sequencing

Limitations

  • Animation of objects is fairly limited
  • Cannot animate characters

Cautions

  • User triggered / interactive animations will only be available when viewing in Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow. Must be provided as .pptx or .ppsx files. Users must download and open
  • Mobile devices require Microsoft PowerPoint app
  • Printing of a PowerPoint slide that contains animations would only show starting point of objects

Tips

  • Use motion path animation type to move items around the slide
  • Use a Morph transition to smoothly change an object from a starting state (size, colour position) (first slide) to a final state (second slide)
  • Export presentation as a video to record animation (playthrough, but not interactive). Upload to Kaltura
  • Keep animation and transition effects simple and only use when adding value

Help resources





FLO tools: FLO Lesson iconLesson FLO quiz iconQuiz FLO Active Quiz iconActive QuizFLO Choice iconChoice  Feedback FLO Book iconBook FLO PAge iconPage FLO Glossary iconGlossary


FLO tools cannot create animations but can be used to deliver/publish animations to students.

Useful features

  • Animations created in other tools can be embedded within FLO tools wherever the editor is available

Cautions

  • Content hosted on non-Flinders servers should not be relied on as critical content

Help resources





Digital Content Producer

Digital Content Producer

The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team (OLT) in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of complex digital learning resources.

If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching.

Engaging content - audio

The tools below record sound and/or dialogue (eg sound clips, podcasts).





Camtasia iconCamtasia

Camtasia is video recording and editing software that features simple drag and drop editing and libraries of effects and interactions. With Camtasia, you can record, then edit your computer screen activity, audio, and your webcam input. If you capture video footage on mobile devices or digital recorders, you can import and edit it. Camtasia is available to all staff and can be downloaded via the IDS Support Portal. Home use licences are available (Request via Assyst). Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.

  • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to the Flinders University Staff Development site for scheduled and upcoming sessions
  • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video will give basic instructions on how to use Camtasia 
Good for

  • Ideal for recording and editing voiceover narration to accompany videos for flipped lecture videos, demonstrations, presentations, explainer videos
  • Recording audio only – to give simple topic or assignment instructions, feedback, announcements etc a more personalised feel, or even create longer recordings to deliver topic material in a podcast-style format
  • Working with audio/narration that needs a 'more than basic' level of editing; Camtasia has a good tool set for chopping, splicing, moving segments of audio and useful tools for adjusting levels and sound quality
  • Adding audio recorded or sourced elsewhere (eg voiceover narration, sound effects or backing music) to a video

Useful features

  • Can record audio synchronously with screen recording or record narration during project editing
  • Multi-track recording ability keeps narration on a separate track to facilitate editing and alignment with video
  • Can extract audio from a video track to a separate track to edit independently of the video 
  • Can export video as audio only 
  • Zoom into timeline to view audio waveforms to finely edit 
  • Easy-to-apply library of audio effects including noise removal, volume levelling, fade in/out, pitch adjustment 
Limitations

  • Usually not sophisticated enough to use for producing rich, layered audio and music recordings

Tips
  • Upload to Kaltura (My Media) and request captions. Download transcript and provide for accessibility
  • Camtasia project files can be large. While working on your project save your files to the hard drive of the computer. Working with your project files on network storage will slow editing down and can also cause crashes. Once complete, store files on OneDrive or S: drive (your U: drive generally wont have enough space for these large files)
Help resources






Snagit iconSnagit

Snagit is screen capture and basic image editing software that you can use to capture on-screen images and record short videos. It has tools you can use to easily enhance your screen-captured images with visual effects, or highlight important information with Snagit’s mark-up tools. You can also use Snagit to resize and annotate images from other sources. Download on University computers via the IDS Support Portal. Home-use licences are available (request via Assyst). Available for both Mac and Windows.
Good for

  • Recording narration/voiceover as part of a quick screen capture video or 'talking head' presentation to webcam
  • Short 'one-take' style recordings, as there is only basic video editing functionality

Useful features

  • Quick and easy to capture webcam and microphone
Limitations

  • Audio will be part of the video. To create an audio-only file (MP3) additional software would need to be used 
  • No function to edit the audio track separately from the video
  • No ability to rearrange segments of the audio on the track timeline; it will be a single, linear track. You can cut bits out at the start/end and in the middle, but cannot rearrange
Cautions

  • Be aware of the 'Record system audio' feature. If this is on, the recording will capture any sound played on your device, including notification sounds, sound effects etc, as well as the input from your mic. Usually it's wise to turn it off
  • Snagit software has two components: the recording tool (blue icon) and the editing interface (red icon). You can still start a capture from the editing interface, but you can't edit in the recording tool 
Tips

  • Import into Camtasia and export as 'audio only'
  • Upload to Kaltura (My Media) and request captions. Download transcript and provide for accessibility 
Help resources

 





Kaltura iconKaltura

Kaltura is the University's streaming video platform and is integrated with FLO. Kaltura has a number of components – video storage and permissions management (My Media), publishing and embedding of media into FLO sites (Media Vault), engagement/viewing analytics, and a screen and webcam recording app (Desktop Recorder). 
Good for

  • Hosting and playback of all audio- and video-based learning content in your topic, regardless of which recording and editing tools you used to create the audio
  • Using the Kaltura Media Vault to host your audio and video content gives you access to useful analytics on how students engage with these resources

Useful features

  • Centralised University-supported system 
  • Request auto-captioning (machine) of your videos, edit and download the generated transcripts 
  • Closed captions available in player; button allows viewer choice 
  • Publish same audio in multiple sites without duplication 
  • Easy to embed anywhere in FLO (built-in button on FLO editor) 
  • Students can choose playback speed 
  • Viewing and engagement (drop off) analytics available 
  • Editing of uploaded audio: trim ends, cut sections, fade transitions 
  • Enhance audio with thumbnails, add chapter markers and upload slides to create interactive listening/viewing experience 
Limitations

  • Same player is used for audio and video. Player will show black rectangle
  • You cannot download and use the audio outside of FLO. When you record, the file lives in Kaltura, and is directly uploaded to FLO
Help resources





 Kaltura Desktop Recorder iconKaltura Desktop Recorder

Kaltura Desktop Recorder (a component of the Kaltura platform) is a free tool you can use to make simple videos and upload them directly to your My Media repository in FLO. You can use it to capture screen recordings, webcam and audio. When making screen recordings, you can also add annotations (eg drawing and highlighting) to the slides, webpages or applications on screen as you record. It also has a whiteboard mode where you can record yourself drawing basic diagrams and graphics.
Good for
  • Recording audio-only content that you want to upload straight to FLO (eg a short audio announcement to put in a topic as an alternative to using text; a short audio-only lecture segment or 'explainer')
  • Recording narration/voiceover as part of a quick screen capture video or 'talking head' presentation to webcam
  • Short, 'one-take' style recordings, as there is only basic editing functionality

Useful features

  • Easy direct recording of microphone only 
  • Uploads directly to Kaltura (My Media) – see Kaltura My Media entry for advantages
Limitations

  • Basic editing only 
Help resources





PowerPoint iconPowerPoint

Good for

  • Adding narration/voiceover to a slide deck to create a narrated slideshow or video
  • Ideal for flipped learning lectures

Useful features

  • Can embed audio within slides; play controls are automatically added or use triggers to start play
  • Can record audio directly into slide; record one slide at a time

Limitations

  • No editing of audio

Cautions

  • A PowerPoint file with embedded narration will be very large
  • Students can only play the audio within Microsoft PowerPoint software 
  • Must be provided as .pptx or .ppsx files. Users must download and open
  • Mobile devices require Microsoft PowerPoint app
  • Not a suitable tool for audio only

Tips

  • Export as video and upload to Kaltura (My Media)

Help resources





Recording Studio iconRecording Studio

The Multimedia Recording Studio is located at Sturt Campus and is available to all staff on a self-service basis. In it you can create video and audio recordings with the added feature of 'green screen' technology, which replaces the green wall behind you with a backdrop of your choice (PowerPoint presentation, images, video, websites (live) or even Skype or WebEx calls). No specialist skills are required to use the room, making high-quality professional-looking videos accessible to everyone. If you need to edit the video you create in the studio, Camtasia is the recommended tool.

Good for

  • Recording the voiceover elements of a video or presentation
  • Creating multi-presenter content (like interviews) as there are multiple microphones available
Useful features

  • Room has good acoustics and soundproofing
  • Lapel microphones available 

Tips

  • Record using the room setup, import your video footage into Camtasia, edit and export as audio only
  • Record into your own device taking advantage of room acoustics and soundproofing
  • Upload audio file to Kaltura (My Media) and make use of auto-captioning and usage analytics

Help resources

 





FLO tools: Lesson Quiz Active Quiz Choice Feedback Book Page Glossary

Useful features

  • Able to record short snips of audio directly into FLO tools wherever there is an HTML editor*
  • Audio files can be embedded in FLO tools wherever there is an HTML editor. For audio stored in Kaltura, use the same process as for embedding a video
*Note: two exceptions are assignment feedback and answering an essay question in a quiz/lesson
Limitations

  • No editing of directly recorded audio

Cautions

  •  Depending on use case, it may not be appropriate to include audio in Active Quiz (eg in a live class usage)
  • Audio files uploaded to Kaltura will have a title. When embedded in FLO, the media title shows. If used in a quiz be careful that the title does not give away the question answer.

Tips

  • Upload your audio files to Kaltura (My Media) and embed into your lesson pages
  • Audio uploaded into Kaltura can have captions and usage analytics
  • For accessibility, consider providing text alternative to audio recorded directly into FLO.

Help resources

 





Digital Content Producer

The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of complex digital learning resources. 
If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching. 

Engaging content - branching

Students take different pathways through learning content based on choices they make or their performance. Branching may consist of interactive scenarios or differentiated content.


Camtasia icon

Camtasia

Camtasia is video recording and editing software that features simple drag and drop editing and libraries of effects and interactions. With Camtasia, you can record, then edit your computer screen activity, audio, and webcam input. If you capture video footage on mobile devices or digital recorders, you can import and edit it. Camtasia is available to all staff and can be downloaded via the IDS Support Portal. Home use licences are available (request via Assyst). Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.

  • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to the Flinders University Staff Development site for scheduled and upcoming sessions
  • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video will give basic instructions on how to use Camtasia 
Good for

  • Creating interactive or differentiated video content; for example, branching video scenarios or giving the learner control of the order in which they view sections of the video content

Useful features

  • Interactive hotspots and timeline markers allow creation of a non-linear path through the video 
  • Click and drag effects from library onto video timeline
  • Properties panel to define required actions to enter
  • Easy but comprehensive editing and timeline manipulations

        Limitations

        • Considerable planning required
        • Can become time consuming
        • Cannot be hosted in Kaltura and maintain interactivity, therefore no ability to use the accessibility features or analytics in the Kaltura Media Vault 
        • No viewing analytics within the exported video
        • No captions/transcripts 
        Cautions

        • Must be exported as Web Page (for Smart Player) or SCORM (for gradebook integration)
        • SCORM activities are generally a poor experience on mobile devices and can be incompatible
        • Different process to publish in FLO compared to standard video

        Tips

        • Plan out the choices and branched pathways on a story board
        • Make sure your viewers won't feel lost
        • Camtasia project files can be large. While working on your project save your files to the hard-drive of the computer. Once complete store them on OneDrive or S: drive. Your U: drive generally wont have enough space for these large files. Having your project files on network storage will slow editing down and can also cause crashes.
            Help resources





                PowerPoint iconPowerPoint

                Good for

                • Easily creating branched content through use of triggers and linking on slide objects
                • Creating scenario based branched learning (eg text-based 'choose your own adventure' style narratives or scenarios where learners make a series of choices and experience the consequences as they move through the scenario)
                • Creating a package of content that students can navigate through in a sequence they choose
                Useful features

                • Use action or link (from Insert menu) to link to presentation slides in required order
                • PowerPoint will update links if slide order is altered
                  Limitations

                  • Printed or PDF cannot indicate the branching

                  Cautions

                  • Interaction for branching will only be available when viewing in Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow
                  • Must be provided as .pptx or .ppsx files
                  • Learners must download and open the file;  they cannot view it within FLO, and therefore they need PowerPoint on their computer
                  • Mobile devices require Microsoft PowerPoint app
                    Tips

                    • Careful planning is required. Use a story board to map out possible paths through the content/scenario
                    • Create links which allow users to navigate back to previous pages
                    • Test all possible pathways
                    • Design so that your users won’t feel lost
                    • When using Link to set up navigation between slides you can add a screen tip which displays when the mouse is over the link
                            Help resources





                            Lesson iconFLO Lesson

                            The FLO lesson is purpose built for branching scenarios. A lesson presents a series of pages to a student who is asked to make some sort of choice underneath the content area. The choice will send them to a specific page in the Lesson. The pages in the lesson can be either content pages with choices presented as buttons or question pages where the next page will depend on selected answer.
                            Good for

                            • Mixing static content, choices and questions to determine the route the student takes through the material (eg decision or problem solving scenarios)
                            Useful features 
                            • Purpose built for branching scenarios
                            • Branching can be based on a choice or based on answers to questions
                            • Can have time limit
                            • Can be set up as a scored activity; integrates with Gradebook
                            • Some analytics available about student interactions with lesson
                            • Possible to provide a progress bar and/or menu within lesson
                            Limitations 
                            • Requires considerable planning
                            • Not as straightforward as some FLO tools
                            • Limited page layout and styling options
                            Tips 
                            • Build all the content and question pages first, then define all the jumps and linking
                            • Map out all possible journeys through the content
                            • Test thoroughly and ask a colleague to review 
                            • Design your lesson pages to help your students know where they are in the lesson
                            • Embed media (images, video, audio) in your lesson pages for rich experience
                            Help resources 




                            Quiz iconFLO Quiz

                            Good for

                            • Providing differentiated feedback to students based on their answers and overall  performance in the quiz
                            • Provide struggling students with some additional resources on the basics and give high-achieving students some extension materials 
                            Useful features

                            • Some branching achievable through the quizzes overall feedback using grade boundaries – link from feedback to different information for different grade ranges
                            • Use access restrictions to further content based on quiz result (Activity completion restriction)

                            Cautions

                            • Quizzes with Essay type questions would need to be manually marked to activate branching based on quiz score

                            Tips

                            • Use in conjunction with FLO pages/books and 'stealthed' resources/activities (resources which are available but not displayed on the homepage of your FLO site)

                            Help resources





                            Glossary iconFLO Glossary 

                            Good for

                            • compacting content into one place (eg glossary of terms)
                            • organising information (eg using categories) for efficient learning
                            • students can interact by adding content/controlling the space

                            Useful features  
                            • Entries can be automatically linked where the concept words and/or phrases appear anywhere within the topic. Filter needs to be enabled and auto linking set per entry where required
                            Cautions 

                            • There are three settings required for auto-linking. All three must be reviewed:
                              • Topic level – glossary auto-linking filter must be enabled 
                              • Glossary level – setting to automatically link entries must be on  
                              • Glossary entry level – each entry that will be linked must have the setting checked 
                            Help resources 





                            FLO tools:  Book Page

                            Good for
                            • Organising content (chunking of related content)
                            • Page: embedded video takes up less space than in the FLO homepage
                            Useful features 
                            • Links between FLO pages or between chapters within a book can be used to create branched learning and scenarios, but not with an assessable component  
                            • Use of the availability status 'Make available but not shown on topic page' (stealthed activity/resource) can control entry point  
                            Limitations  
                            • Not assessable  
                            • Book has inbuilt navigation which would still allow linear or totally free navigation through content  
                            Cautions 
                            • When transferring between FLO sites, all interlinked pages must be included or linkages will break. During the transfer process, It is not easy to identify interlinked pages
                            Tips 
                            • Design to avoid students feeling lost   
                            • Map out carefully  
                            Help resources  

                             





                            Digital Content Producer iconDigital Content Producer 

                            The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of complex digital learning resources.

                            If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching.

                            Engaging content - embedded quizzing

                            Embedded quizzing consists of questions / knowledge-check activities embedded within learning content, rather than as a standalone activity.   


                            Camtasia icon

                            Camtasia

                            Camtasia is video recording and editing software that features simple drag and drop editing and libraries of effects and interactions. With Camtasia, you can record, then edit your computer screen activity, audio, and webcam input. If you capture video footage on mobile devices or digital recorders, you can import and edit it. Camtasia is available to all staff and can be downloaded via the IDS Support Portal. Home use licences are available (request via Assyst). Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.

                            • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to the Flinders University Staff Development site for scheduled and upcoming sessions
                            • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video will give basic instructions on how to use Camtasia
                            Good for

                            • Adding quiz questions or knowledge checks into video content to create more engaging and interactive experiences when learning through video, and as opportunities for informal and self assessment. 
                            Useful features

                            • Built-in functionality, wizards to create and add questions
                            • Different question types, including multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer and true/false 
                            • Feedback on correct and incorrect responses
                            • Can score quiz, can allow viewer to see score. Overall score can integrate into FLO Gradebook if published and added to FLO as a SCORM package
                            Limitations
                            • Cannot be hosted in Kaltura and maintain quiz functionality, therefore cannot use accessibility features (captions) and viewing analytics
                            Cautions 
                            • Must be exported as Web Page (for Smart Player) or SCORM (for Gradebook integration)
                            • SCORM activities are generally a poor experience on mobile devices and can be incompatible 
                            • Different process to publish in FLO compared to standard video
                            Tips
                            • Camtasia project files can be large. While working on your project save your files to the hard drive of the computer. Working with your project files on network storage will slow editing down and can also cause crashes. Once complete, store them on OneDrive or S: drive (your U: drive generally wont have enough space for these large files)
                            Help resources

                             



                            PowerPoint icon

                            PowerPoint

                            Good for

                            • Embedding quiz questions or knowledge checks into content-heavy slideshows and presentations for a more engaging and interactive experience, and as opportunities for informal and self assessment
                            • When your students are going to download and use the PowerPoint to work through the content at their own pace – not effective in a lecture context
                            Useful features

                            • Create a quiz question on a slide by using individual objects ( eg text boxes) for each element of your question (question, answer options, feedback)
                            • Create interactivity by using animation effects with triggers
                            • Extensive drawing tools, shapes, lines, icons, Smart Art libraries
                            • Grids, guides, grouping, alignment and item layering
                            • Colour themes to help create consistent look and feel
                            Limitations

                            • Could be time consuming to build lots of questions
                            • No scoring of question(s)
                            Cautions

                            • Interaction for quizzes will only be available when viewing slideshow in Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow
                            • Must be provided as .pptx or .ppsx files. Users must download and open
                            • Mobile devices require Microsoft PowerPoint app
                            • If slides are printed, all items/layers (questions and answers) will print respecting layer order
                            • Question answers are readily available when viewing the file in PowerPoint editing mode
                            Help resources
                            • Trigger an animation effect
                            • Microsoft Office website has a large amount of training and help resources and there are many third party help resources, how-to guides, videos, tutorials that can be found by searching the web
                              (Note the linked Microsoft page is for windows users. The Mac PowerPoint software is so similar that these windows resources are still useful to Mac users. Mac help resources are also available)

                             





                            Lesson icon

                            FLO Lesson

                            The FLO Lesson is purpose built for branching scenarios. A lesson presents a series of pages to a student who is asked to make some sort of choice underneath the content area. The choice will send them to a specific page in the Lesson. The pages in the lesson can be either content pages with choices presented as buttons, or question pages where the next page will depend on the selected answer. Content and question pages can contain text and media.
                            Good for

                            • Mixing static content, choices and questions to determine the route the student takes through the material (eg decision or problem-solving scenarios)
                            Useful features

                            • Inbuilt functionality to add questions (or groups/clusters of questions) and branch based on answers
                            • Multiple question types
                            • Questions can be imported
                            • Questions (except essays) are auto marked
                            • Variety of setup options in multiple tries
                            • Integrates with Gradebook
                            • Reports and analytics available
                            Limitations

                            • Requires considerable planning
                            • Not as straightforward as some FLO tools
                            • Limited page layout and styling options
                            Tips

                            • Build all the content and question pages first, then define all the jumps and linking
                            • Map out all possible journeys through the content
                            • Test thoroughly
                            • Design your lesson pages to help your students know where they are in the lesson
                            Help resources





                            Quiz icon

                            FLO Quiz

                            Good for

                            • Formal assessment that counts towards topic grade
                            • Knowledge checks for informal ongoing assessment and self assessment
                            • Relatively short chunks of content delivery with accompanying questions, as this tool is designed more for standalone quizzing and assessment than as a content delivery mechanism
                            Useful features

                            • Embed content delivery within a quiz using description question types to create a linear lesson
                            • Variety of quiz delivery options such as fixed navigation, multiple tries with hints and penalties
                            • Extensive feedback options on questions and quiz overall provide opportunity to reinforce learning
                            Limitations

                            • FLO quiz is a standalone activity and cannot be embedded into other FLO activities
                            Cautions

                            • Be careful with organisation if using random random questions
                            Tips

                            • Provide differentiated overall feedback for quiz based on quiz score ranges
                            Help resources





                            FLO tools: Book Page

                            FLO Book and Page cannot create embedded question or knowledge checks but could be used to deliver/publish content developed in other tools.

                            Good for

                            • Organising content (chunking of related content)
                            • Page: embedded video takes up less space in the FLO homepage
                              Useful features

                              • Interactive content could be embedded where there is an HTML editor
                              Limitations

                              • Cannot be integrated with Gradebook
                              Cautions

                              Help resources





                              Digital Content Producer icon

                              Digital Content Producer

                              The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of complex digital learning resources.
                              If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching.

                              Engaging content - hotspots

                              Hotspots are Interactive elements embedded within the content that students hover or click on to trigger an action (eg revealing more information, visit web links).





                              Camtasia icon

                              Camtasia

                              Camtasia is video recording and editing software that features simple drag and drop editing and libraries of effects and interactions. With Camtasia, you can record, then edit your computer screen activity, audio, and webcam input. If you capture video footage on mobile devices or digital recorders, you can import and edit it. Camtasia is available to all staff and can be downloaded via the IDS Support Portal. Home use licences are available (request via Assyst). Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.

                              • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to the Flinders University Staff Development site for scheduled and upcoming sessions
                              • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video will give basic instructions on how to use Camtasia

                              Good for

                              •  Embedding links and interactive elements into video content

                              Useful features

                              • Drag and drop hotspot interaction from library
                              • Properties panel to enter details of action required on hotspot
                              • Hotspot can link to different timeline markers/timecodes
                              • Hotspots can link to external websites

                              Limitations
                              • Considerable planning required
                              • Can become time consuming
                              • Cannot be hosted in Kaltura and maintain interactivity for branching, therefore:
                                • No viewing analytics
                                • No captions/transcripts
                              Cautions

                              • Must be exported as Web Page (for Smart Player) or SCORM (for Gradebook integration)
                              • Different process required to publish in FLO compared to standard video

                              Tips

                              • Camtasia project files can be large. While working on your project save your files to the hard drive of the computer. Working with your project files on network storage will slow editing down and can also cause crashes. Once complete store them on OneDrive or S: drive (your U: drive generally won't have enough space for these large files)

                              Help resources

                               





                              PowerPoint icon

                              PowerPoint

                              Good for

                              • Adding a wide range of interactivity elements through hotspots, including linking to content within the resource and externally, triggering movement of slide objects/text to chunk and sequence information in different ways, and as part of branching and quizzing 
                              Useful features

                              • Extensive drawing tools, shapes, lines, icons, smart art libraries
                              • Grids, guides, grouping, alignment and item layering
                              • Use Animation effects with triggers to add/hide different layers/elements on the slide
                              • Use Action settings on items, or links (within document) to go to a new slide of information
                              Limitations
                              • Hotspot functionality generally only allows one action to be triggered per object
                              • No conditional logic for actions triggered by hotspots
                              Cautions
                              • Interaction for hotspots will only be available when viewing in Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow
                              • Must be provided as .pptx or .ppsx files. Users must download and open 
                              • Mobile devices require Microsoft PowerPoint app
                              • If slides are printed, all items/layers will print respecting layer order
                              Tips
                              • There are a couple of ways to add hotspots over images
                                • Layer a cropped segment of the original image over the image and use the cropped segment as the animation trigger or link (watch video
                                • Add a shape with a transparent fill, use the shape as the animation trigger or link
                              • Plan the layer order of your objects
                              • Plan the possible pathways through the presentation
                              • Hide the extra information slides linked to hotspots from the slideshow
                              • When linking to separate slides, make sure you add a way back to diagram
                              • Test all possible pathways
                              Help resources
                              (Note the linked Microsoft page is for windows users. The Mac PowerPoint software is so similar that these windows resources are still useful to Mac users. Mac help resources are also available)





                              Quiz iconFLO Quiz  Active Quiz icon  Active Quiz


                              Useful features

                              • Drag and drop question types where students drag labels to hotspots on an image – an interactive diagram to test knowledge/understanding as opposed to an interactive diagram to discover information
                              Cautions
                              Tips

                              • Ensure you test the question carefully in question preview 

                              Help resources




                              FLO tools: Lesson Quiz Choice Feedback Book Page Glossary

                              FLO tools cannot be used create hotspots but could be used to deliver/publish interactive media with hotspots to students.

                              Useful features

                              • Interactive media could be embedded anywhere within FLO tools wherever the editor is available
                              Cautions

                              Help resources





                              Digital Content Producer iconDigital Content Producer

                              The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of complex digital learning resources.

                              If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching.

                              Engaging content - infographic / diagram

                              An infographic or diagram is a visual way of representing information through an image, or a combination of image and text. 

                              As background, you may like to read the article Every picture tells a story... for information about how we process image, what to look for in an image, and more.

                              These introductions to basics of graphic design may also be useful:





                              Snagit icon

                              Snagit

                              Snagit is screen capture and basic image editing software that you can use to capture on-screen images and record short videos. It has tools you can use to easily enhance your screen-captured images with visual effects, or highlight important information with Snagit’s mark-up tools. You can also use Snagit to resize and annotate images from other sources. Download on University computers via the IDS Support Portal. Home-use licences are available (request via Assyst). Snagit is available for both Mac and Windows.
                              Good for

                              • Simple diagrams and graphics where you want to overlay text and image over content that you have screen captured
                              • Resizing images (from any source)
                              Useful features

                              • Designed for capturing and annotating screenshots 
                              • Extensive editing ability, which can be used on images from any source 
                              • Tools, libraries and styles inbuilt to easily add lines/arrows, shapes, stamps, text etc 
                              • Tools that allow editing of an image: select areas, erase, smart move 
                              • Tools to annotate, including step tool 
                              • Crop and resize images, add image effects, capture information
                              • Easy capture of software menus 

                              Limitations

                              • Limited drawing tools for creating diagrams from scratch
                              • Can apply colour filters but doesn’t have tools to enhance/adjust colour balance 

                               Tips
                              • Can open any image file and annotate/edit 
                              • Panoramic or scrolling capture types allows you to capture items that don’t fit on one screen 

                              Help resources





                              PowerPoint icon

                              PowerPoint

                              Good for

                              • Creation of wide range of infographic/diagram content ranging from simple to complex visuals, including timelines, lifecycles, system or process graphics, instructional graphics, and more
                              Useful features

                              • Familiar environment
                              • Extensive drawing tools, shapes, lines, icons, Smart Art libraries 
                              • Grids, guides, grouping, alignment and item layering and ordering
                              • Insert and adjust images (crop, colour adjust) 
                              • Preset designs, object effects and colour themes 
                              • Extensive control over properties of elements 
                              Tips

                              • Use page setup to select most appropriate size and orientation of 'slides' for your diagram (eg portrait, A4) to make the graphic useable in printed and electronic formats 
                              • Use export function to save all slides or specific slides as image files or PDFs 
                              • Select an item or group and use right click > save as image (instead of saving whole slide) 
                              • Group components of a diagram 
                              Help resources

                              • Microsoft Office has a large amount of training and help resources and there are many third party help resources, how-to guides, videos, tutorials that can be found by searching the web
                                (Note the linked Microsoft page is for windows users. The Mac PowerPoint software is so similar that these resources are still useful to Mac users. Mac help resources are also available)
                              • Google 'powerpoint infographics how to' for videos, instructions etc





                              FLO tools: Lesson Quiz Active Quiz Choice Feedback Book Page Glossary

                              FLO tools cannot be used create diagrams/images but can be used to deliver/publish images to students.

                              Useful features

                              • Images can be inserted anywhere within FLO tools wherever the HTML editor is available 
                              Cautions

                              • Ensure images have appropriate copyright and are properly attributed 
                              • When including images in quiz questions, ensure the image filename and ALT tags don’t give away the question answer 
                              Tips

                              • Resize image to appropriate pixel dimensions before inserting (use Snagit, or Preview on Mac OS)  
                              Help resources





                              Digital Content Producer iconDigital Content Producer

                              The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of complex digital learning resources.

                              If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching.

                              Engaging content - main entry

                              Engaging content - main entry (this entry)   ||  Support

                              The following options for sourcing and creating digital content range from most preferred (1) to least preferred (5), based on current resources and support, costs to the University and students, and accessibility.

                              1. Use University-managed electronic resources
                              2. Source open educational resources (OERs)
                              3. Build your own resources
                              4. Access printed publications, mass media and other copyrighted material
                              5. Purchase commercial content

                              Good practice guides and tip sheets

                              Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to Engaging content-related resources are provided below. Browse all tip sheets and good practice guides

                              Tip sheet – Design principles for creating engaging digital contentTip sheet: Sourcing and creating digital contentTip sheet – Providing constructive feedback in FLO | Tip sheet - Running hybrid classes

                              If you are interested in 3. Build your own resources, the tool selection matrix identifies tools available at Flinders for content creation and includes useful features, tips and resources.

                                Training and support

                                Troubleshooting

                              Support

                              For support in creating your own digital resources - contact your eLearning support team

                              Request support from Librarians to source online materials for your topics

                              Not applicable

                                Engaging content - polling

                                Students provide responses to questions or surveys. Polling can be synchronous or asynchronous. Synchronous or real-time polling in class allows you to display and analyse the results immediately. Asynchronous polling can be used prior to a teaching session where you collect and analyse results to inform delivery of your class.





                                Active Quiz icon

                                FLO Active Quiz

                                Active Quiz is designed for in-class quizzes. The quiz uses questions from the question bank, questions can be timed/not timed, grades are reported back to the Gradebook. You can view student responses in real time to offer in-class discussion about the results. Students can use any device. Group quizzing is supported.

                                Good for

                                • Delivery of time-boxed questions (synchronous)
                                • Multiple poll questions in one session where the availability of each question is controlled by the teacher
                                • Use in-class to check understanding of materials during presentations to allow for clarification
                                • Use in-class to explore class views on issues for discussion

                                Useful features

                                • Active quiz is a synchronous (real-time) timed quiz
                                • Multiple choice (MCQ) and True-False questions will generate a dynamic histogram of answers, making them good for polling
                                • Functions in group mode
                                Cautions

                                • In a live classroom setting, be careful what your screen is displaying – questions other than MCQ and T/F will display identified student answers
                                Tips

                                • Create a QR code of the Active quiz URL. Insert into your lecture presentation to make it quick and easy for students to access
                                • Advise students in advance to have a suitable device. Have students log into FLO at the beginning of the class
                                Help resources





                                Choice iconFLO Choice

                                The Choice activity allows you to ask a question and set up radio buttons which learners can click to make a selection from a number of possible responses. They can choose one or more options, and they can update their selection if you allow them. Choices can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic, to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course, or to gauge progress.

                                Good for

                                • Asynchronous use (eg asking a question pre-class to explore class views on issues for discussion)
                                • Single in-class question where time-boxing of answer is less important
                                • Use at beginning of class before presentation commences
                                • Use at end of class to determine comprehension

                                Useful features

                                • Designed as a single question asynchronous (not real time, students working on it individually at own pace/time) polling activity
                                • Can be used in a live setting (synchronous/real time)
                                • Can display a histogram of responses
                                • Results can be exported
                                • Can be run in group mode
                                Limitations

                                • Teacher will need to refresh their screen to display the choice results
                                • Limited layout and styling control
                                • Only one question per choice activity
                                Tips

                                • Generate a QR code form the choice URL. Add to lecture slide to take students directly to the poll
                                • Advise students in advance to have a suitable device. Have students log into FLO at the beginning of the class
                                Help resources

                                 






                                Feedback iconFLO Feedback

                                The Feedback activity allows you to create and conduct surveys to collect feedback. Responses can be anonymous. There are a number of question types including MCQ, True/False and free text.
                                Good for

                                • Asking multiple questions, including free text
                                • Asking the class what material they would like further clarification on in tutorial or revision sessions

                                Useful features

                                • Can deliver more than one question
                                • Designed for surveying, responses can be anonymous
                                • Can be used as a live activity in class
                                • Results of some question types can be displayed as a histogram
                                Limitations

                                • Teacher needs to refresh the results page to see incoming responses
                                • Limited layout and styling control
                                Tips

                                • Create a QR code from the feedback activity's URL. Place the QR code into a lecture slide to make it efficient for students to get to the activity on a mobile device
                                • Advise students in advance to have a suitable device. Have students log into FLO at the beginning of the class
                                Help resources

                                Engaging content - tool selection matrix

                                This matrix show Flinders University supported tools that are available to create content of different types.

                                Tool selection matrix (this entry)

                                Tool selection matrix       Hover over table cells for information, click for details.     Can be used to create content          Can be used to display content


                                Branching Animation Infographic / Diagram (static) Hotspots Video Audio Embedded quizzing Polling Game Activity
                                Definition Students take different pathways through learning content based on choices they make or their performance. May be interactive scenarios or differentiated content Moving images that contain graphic elements but not live action, may be animated models or diagrams, characters A visual way of representing information through image, or a combination of image and text Interactive elements embedded within the content that students hover or click on to trigger an action (eg revealing more information, visit web links) Visual footage, with or without audio, including live action, talking heads, screen recordings etc Recorded sound and/or dialogue (eg sound clips, podcasts) Questions / knowledge check activities embedded within learning content, rather than as a standalone activity Students can provide real-time responses to questions or surveys, and you can see, display and analyse the results immediately Gamification is the use of game play thinking and mechanics to solve problems and engage students

                                Camtasia










                                Snagit








                                Kaltura








                                Kaltura Desktop Recorder








                                PowerPoint
                                 


                                Recording Studio








                                FLO Lesson


                                FLO Quiz


                                FLO Active Quiz



                                FLO Choice





                                FLO Feedback





                                FLO Book



                                FLO Page



                                FLO Glossary





                                Digital Content Producer


                                Engaging content - video

                                Video refers to visual footage, with/without audio, including live action, talking heads, screen recordings etc.





                                Camtasia icon

                                Camtasia

                                Camtasia is video recording and editing software that features simple drag and drop editing and libraries of effects and interactions. With Camtasia, you can record, then edit your computer screen activity, audio and webcam input. If you capture video footage on mobile devices or digital recorders, you can import and edit it. Camtasia is available to all staff and can be downloaded via the IDS Support Portal. Home-use licences are available (request via Service One). Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.

                                • Training is available for making creating educational videos in Camtasia.
                                • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video provides basic instructions on how to use Camtasia       
                                Good for

                                • Videos where you want to blend multiple multimedia elements like live footage, narration/audio, static slides or graphics and annotations, and in cases where you need to be able to do quite a bit of editing work on the video and/or audio you've recorded
                                • Particularly effective for recording your screen and/or webcam and microphone to produce narrated lecture slideshows or 'talking head' video content, or instructional videos with screen recordings where you can demonstrate on screen (eg how to use your FLO site or other online resources/systems)
                                • An ideal editing tool for live footage you have captured on other devices, such as on a mobile phone or handheld camera, or via the Multimedia Recording Suite. Film lab demonstrations, fieldwork, interviews etc, and edit and enhance these using Camtasia to produce a finished product that can include interspersed images, slides, annotations etc
                                • Creating video with added interactive elements (hotspots, quizzing)
                                Useful features

                                • Multitrack recording enables synchronous capture of webcam, microphone, screen and system audio 
                                • Mouse actions are recorded in video and can have effects added  
                                • Can import and edit video from other sources 
                                • Export as MP4 for uploading into Kaltura 
                                • Comprehensive editing possible
                                • Simple to add annotations, transitions, behaviours (zooming, highlighting), animations, cursor effects etc in post-production 
                                • Powerpoint Add-in (Windows users only) makes it very easy to record a PowerPoint presentation along with webcam and microphone 
                                Limitations

                                • Editing can become time consuming 
                                Cautions

                                • If table of contents, quizzing or interactive hotspots are included, the project must be exported as Web Page or SCORM (for Gradebook integration). It cannot be hosted in Kaltura. Different process to publish in FLO compared to standard video 
                                • You must manage the file assets you use within the video (e.g. raw recordings, narration audio files, graphics etc) very carefully. When you're editing a video project (called a .camproj file), Camtasia doesn't store the assets you add into the video editing file within the program; it links to where they are saved on your computer. Therefore, if you move those files, the link will break and these items will be 'not found' in the .camproj file. You will need to then redirect the program to find the files in their new location. Moving/deleting assets after you've published the final product will not affect the final exported version of the video, but be mindful that should you need to edit or update the video in future, you will need to access the .camproj file again and will need to  make sure those assets exist and can be located by Camtasia for use in the video
                                Tips

                                • Keep video simple with minimal simple transitions, and limit effects to those which add value 
                                • When recording a PowerPoint presentation, make use of the slideshow pen and/or laser pointer to draw on or highlight content on your slides as you present. This will be captured in the video 
                                • Camtasia project files can be large. While working on your project save your files to the hard drive of the computer. Working with your project files on network storage will slow editing down and can also cause crashes. Once complete, store them on OneDrive or S: drive (your U: drive generally wont have enough space for these large files)
                                Help resources





                                Snagit iconSnagit

                                Snagit is screen capture and basic image editing software that you can use to capture on-screen images and record short videos. It has tools you can use to easily enhance your screen-captured images with visual effects, or highlight important information with Snagit’s mark-up tools. You can also use Snagit to resize and annotate images from other sources. Download on University computers via the IDS Support Portal. Home-use licences are available (request via Service One). Snagit is available for both Mac and Windows.
                                Good for
                                • Quick 'one take and done' videos that don't require editing, such as basic screen recordings plus narration, or 'talking head' webcam videos 
                                Useful features

                                • Quick and easy to record short screen capture video 
                                • Record whole screen or selected area
                                • Toggle between webcam and screen whilst recording 
                                • Video is saved directly to MP4 format, no publishing from project format to video file required
                                Limitations

                                • Limited editing of video within Snagit – you are only able to trim ends and cut sections out, you can move segments of video around on the timeline 
                                • You cannot add transitions, graphics or annotations to the video
                                • Single track recording only – you cannot separate the audio/video inputs to edit them independently 
                                Tips

                                • Best suited to short videos 
                                • More extensive editing of video footage taken in Snagit can be achieved by importing to Camtasia (but Camtasia has its own native screen recording and webcam recording functionality, which is generally more efficient to use if you intend to edit more extensively) 
                                • Use for a quick informal weekly wrap-up or quick explainer
                                Help resources

                                 





                                Kaltura iconKaltura (My Media)

                                Kaltura is the University's streaming video platform and is integrated with FLO. Kaltura has a number of components – video storage and permissions management (My Media), publishing and embedding of media into FLO sites (Media Vault), engagement/viewing analytics, and a screen and webcam recording app (Desktop Recorder).
                                Good for

                                • Hosting and playback of all video learning content in your topic, regardless of which recording and editing tools you used to create the video. Using the Kaltura Media Vault to host your audio and video content gives you access to useful analytics on how students engage with these resources 
                                Useful features

                                • Centralised University-supported video platform 
                                • Basic editing of uploaded video (trim ends, cutout sections) 
                                • Streams video at appropriate quality for viewer's bandwidth 
                                • Request auto-captioning (machine) of your videos, edit and download the generated transcripts 
                                • Publish same video in multiple sites without duplication
                                • Integrated with FLO, easy to embed anywhere in FLO where there is an HTML editor
                                • Optional student download of videos
                                • Can allow other staff to view, edit or publish videos to other FLO sites (with your permission)
                                • Viewer selected playback options: closed captions, full-screen playback, quality and playback speed
                                • Viewing and engagement (drop off) analytics available 
                                • Editing of uploaded videos: trim ends, cut sections, fade transitions 
                                • Enhance video with thumbnails, add chapter markers and upload slides to create interactive viewing experience 
                                • Store and embed/stream 360 video 
                                Limitations

                                • Currently not configured to allow students to download full transcript 
                                Cautions

                                • Videos need to be published to the topic Media Vault to allow viewing and engagement analytics on a per topic availability basis 
                                • When a video is published to/embedded in multiple sites, care needs to be taken with editing/replacing/deleting 
                                Tips

                                • Download the full transcript and provide as a PDF 
                                Help resources





                                Kaltura iconKaltura Desktop Recorder

                                Kaltura Desktop Recorder (a component of the Kaltura platform) is a free tool you can use to make simple videos and upload directly to your My Media repository in FLO. You can use it to capture screen recordings, webcam and audio. When making screen recordings, you can also add annotations like drawing and highlighting to the slides, webpages or applications on screen as you record. It also has a whiteboard mode where you can record yourself drawing basic diagrams and graphics.
                                Good for
                                • Quick and easy recording of simple video content that uploads straight to FLO – no 'middle man' editing tools or complicated upload process
                                Useful features

                                • Easy to record webcam, microphone and desktop 
                                • During playback user can choose side-by-side views of desktop and webcam or picture-in-picture (with either desktop or webcam as main) 
                                • Basic editing capabilities 
                                • In-built tools allow you to annotate (add drawing, highlights etc) the content on screen as you record 
                                • Includes a white board tool – a blank white 'canvas' that you can draw on electronically to create basic graphics and diagrams as you record 
                                • Can insert chapter markers, thumbnails, upload slides 
                                • Uploads directly to Kaltura (My Media) – see Kaltura entry for advantages 
                                Limitations

                                • Only suitable for content that you want to upload straight into FLO that doesn't need significant editing. You can't download or export the raw recordings you create in the Kaltura Desktop Recorder for editing or use elsewhere; the content is embedded within the FLO ecosystem only
                                • Only basic editing of video. Fade transitions only 
                                Tips

                                • If you intend to use the whiteboard or annotation tools, plan carefully. Annotations stay on-screen until you bin them
                                • If recording a PowerPoint presentation, consider using the PowerPoint slideshow pen and/or laser pointer while presenting – these will be recorded as you go 
                                Help resources






                                PowerPoint iconPowerPoint

                                Good for

                                • A quick and easy option to create videos of a lecture or presentation; you can add narration to the slides and export the file as a video
                                • Creating very simple screen recordings (eg to demonstrate how to use something in your FLO topic, or in a website, database or other piece of software). You can make the screen recording, trim the start and ends if needed, and display it within a slide or export the screen recording itself as a separate .mp4 file
                                Useful features

                                • Familiar interface 
                                • Can embed video within a slide and create triggers to start playing 
                                • Can embed/record narration audio per slide 
                                • Can create screen recordings and embed within slide or export as .mp4
                                • Exporting presentation as video allows upload to Kaltura (My Media) and hence:
                                  • Streaming
                                  • Easy embedding in FLO
                                  • Request captions
                                  • Viewing analytics

                                Limitations

                                • A PowerPoint with embedded video and/or audio is a very large file 
                                • For screen recordings, editing is limited to being able to trim the start and end of the recording only
                                Cautions

                                • A PowerPoint file with embedded narration will be very large
                                • Students can only play the audio within Microsoft PowerPoint software. Must be provided as .pptx or .ppsx files. Users must download and open
                                • Mobile devices require Microsoft PowerPoint app 
                                Tips

                                • Export as video and upload to Kaltura (My Media) 
                                Help resources





                                Recording Studio iconRecording Studio

                                The Multimedia Recording Studio is located at Sturt Campus and is available to all staff on a self-service basis. In it you can create video and audio recording with the added feature of 'green screen' technology, which replaces the green wall behind you with a backdrop of your choice (PowerPoint presentation, images, video, websites (live) or even Skype or WebEx calls). No specialist skills are required to use the room, making high-quality professional-looking video accessible to everyone. If you need to edit the video you create in the studio, Camtasia is the recommended tool.
                                Good for

                                • Professional-looking video where presenter is standing in front of their presentation
                                Useful features

                                • Purpose-built studio 
                                • Good lighting 
                                • Good acoustics and sound proofing, lapel microphones (up to 4 for interview/discussion style recording) 
                                • Green screen technology – system replaces green screen with your presentation materials as it records
                                • Several preset modes and advanced option to record the green screen for post processing in video editing software 
                                • Self-service and simple to use 
                                • Finalised video recorded to USB device 
                                Limitations

                                • The recording studio does not have teleprompter capabilities
                                • The duration of video you can record will depend on the space available on your USB drive. The maximum file size on a USB is 4GB. Allow 1-2GB per hour of video
                                Tips

                                • Upload recorded video to Kaltura (My Media) and trim ends as required 
                                • Import your video footage into Camtasia for editing if required 
                                • You will need a USB drive for your recording. Make sure there is plenty of space on the drive (see 'Limitations')
                                • Ideally you want to create short, easily digestible videos for your student. If you are doing a long recording session to record multiple videos for your students, stop the recording and start a new one for each segment. Any editing you need to do will be easier to work on small files
                                • At the end of your video, you will be recorded going to the control panel to stop the recording. You will need to trim your video to remove this. Take an exaggerated pause after you complete your presentation before stopping the video – this will make trimming the video easier
                                Help resources





                                FLO tools:  Lesson Quiz Active Quiz Choice Feedback Book Page Glossary

                                FLO tools cannot create videos, but can be used to deliver/publish video to students. 

                                Useful features

                                • Video can be embedded in FLO tools wherever there is an HTML editor
                                Limitations

                                • Avoid embedding too many videos in any single page or activity as it will slow down that page loading time. (Note: in FLO's grid format, the contents of all modules is considered as one page.)
                                Cautions

                                • Video in quiz questions – when uploading video to Kaltura (My Media) a video title is required. When embedded into questions, viewers can see the video title. Ensure the video title does not give away the question answer 
                                Tips

                                • Upload your video files to Kaltura (My Media) and embed into your FLO tools 
                                • Video uploaded into Kaltura can have captions and usage analytics 
                                • Consider providing a text  transcript
                                Help resources

                                 





                                Digital Content Producer iconDigital Content Producer

                                The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of complex digital learning resources.

                                If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching.

                                External tool - main entry

                                The external tool activity enables students to interact with learning resources and activities on other web sites using LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability).

                                1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  ||  Support 
                                external tool iconExternal tool activities differ from URL resources in a few ways.

                                • External tools are context aware (ie they have access to information about the user who launched the tool, such as institution, topic and name).
                                • External tools support reading, updating, and deleting grades associated with the activity instance.
                                • External tool configurations create a trust relationship between your site and the tool provider, allowing secure communication between them.


                                1. Plan

                                Decide what external tool you want to use from the University-wide pre-approved list:

                                To create an external tool not listed above, please contact your eLearning support team before you sign up for a product. External tool requests are not automatically added. Requests are reviewed and assessed on a case by case basis.


                                2. Build

                                You have planned what external tool to use, now follow these steps to set it up in your topic.

                                  1. Click Turn editing on 

                                  2. Click Add an activity or resource Add an activity or resource

                                  3. Select External Toolexternal tool iconand click Add

                                  4. Give the tool a name in the Activity name section

                                  5. Select the tool required  from the Preconfigured tool list
                                    preconfigured tool

                                  6. Click Save and display

                                  3. Test

                                  Click on the recently added external tool to make sure it is working as expected.


                                    Training and support

                                    Troubleshooting

                                  Support

                                  Please contact your eLearning support team

                                  You may have one of the following issues:

                                  External tool - Readings

                                  external tool iconThis entry relates to the list of External tools


                                  The Readings tool allows you to assemble materials of all types - physical books, ebooks, online or digitised book chapters, scholarly articles, videos, newspaper articles, websites, and more - in a structured, comprehensive resource list.



                                  1. How does Readings work?

                                  You can put any number of resource types into your readings list including (but not limited to):
                                  • books and book chapters
                                  • streaming videos
                                  • government reports
                                  • blogs
                                  • websites
                                  • lecture slides
                                  • an image from the Online Collections Catalogue (Flinders University Museum of Art)



                                  2. Where can I find it?

                                  Readings is added to every topic. If it has been removed from your topic, please contact your eLearning support team.
                                  Readings logo



                                  3. What can I do in Readings?

                                  • Build your readings list from:
                                    • the Library collection
                                    • online browsing
                                    • databases
                                    • your own personal collection
                                  • Manage and update all your readings lists in one place, throughout the teaching period
                                  • Structure reading lists to your own teaching practices
                                  • Monitor student engagement through system analytics – view reports to see what citations students are looking at, see full-text access views, and when students are accessing resources

                                  The Library will:

                                  • appropriately source licensed resources and manage copyright compliance
                                  • automatically add resources from Flinders' licensed subscriptions
                                  • maintain links and access


                                  Support