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Applications that allow you to record and/or upload media to create a lecture or presentation. All of them host your presentation online and allow you to embed it into your D2L course site. Essentially you can use these tools to record lectures for your online classes, or you can have students use them to create presentations as part of an assignment.
Panopto, VoiceThread and Screencast-o-Matic are both content authoring and file hosting tools. You can use them to narrate media on your computer, including PowerPoint files, images, or any sort of document, or you can use them to comment on a video while it’s playing. Your narration can be audio only, or you can record it using a webcam. These tools are useful for creating longer lectures, particularly ones for online courses.
If you’d prefer to record a live video of your lecture using your computer’s webcam or another type of device, you can upload your video file to a hosting site like Panopto, YouTube, or Vimeo. This is a great way to create short videos (less than two minutes), for example, weekly update videos in online courses.
You can use Screencast-o-Matic or Panopto to record a task on your computer as you narrate the steps. These tools make it easy to create tutorials for software that is required in your course or to complete a very specific or specialized task.
You can require students to use any of these tools to create a deliverable for an assignment; however, both Panopto and VoiceThread are integrated within D2L and licensed by the university, which means all students have full access to them. Students can use them to record and share a presentation if you require them to create one as an assignment.
Panopto can be accessed in D2L by clicking the "More" button and selecting "Panopto" in the top navigation menu. You can also read documentation on using Panopto.
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