Using Video for Instruction


Asynchronous Options


Video Lectures

This option consists of recording lectures using a video camera. The video will then be formatted so students will be able to watch it on their computer using Windows Media Player or other similar software. Lectures can be recorded as the professors teach them in their on-campus course or they can be recorded in session specifically prepared for the contents of the online course.

Lecture Options Details (PDF)

Synchronous Options


Adobe Connect

This is a web conferencing software that enables teachers and students to instantly communicate and collaborate through easy-to-use, easy-to-access online meeting rooms. The meeting rooms allow participants to see and hear each other through the use of webcams and headsets, chat with one another through a chat window, share documents and presentations, and share computer screens. Instructors can choose to have the online meetings be mandatory or optional for Q&A sessions.

Instructors should also decide on the frequency of the meetings and their structure. For low-involvement courses it is often sufficient for the professor to use a webcam and headset so that students can see and hear him/her while students can type comments and questions in the chat window. In courses where students’ involvement is crucial students can be required to purchase their own webcam and headset so every individual in the meeting room can see and hear other participants.

More information can be found on our Adobe Connect Tutorial page.

Video Conferencing

This option utilizes the most powerful video conferencing tools currently available and enables teachers and students a live-real time classroom experience at a distance. Participants see and hear each other through the use of video camera devices. Teachers share documents, presentations, websites, labs and computer screens. This format is best when groups of students can meet at a location, or when a significant laboratory experience is desired.

In addition to classroom-based systems, there are also several options for smaller scale software-based video conferencing. We currently recommend three options in this category.

Vidyo - The campus has several licenses to the mobile and desktop clients for Vidyo. This option integrates with existing classroom-based video conferencing solutions, but currently we have a limit of 20 users, and must be pre-arranged for use. - a free web-based video conferencing solution that is requires no user account creation and is easy to set up, join, and manage. This option is great for quick meetings, with a limited number of participants.

Google Hangouts, part of the google account infrastructure, provides a video chat feature that can be very useful. Users should be aware of complication in connecting the first time. If you plan on using Google Hangouts to connect with students or other off-site constituents, contact us at for more information.

Once a medium is decided, consider:

Meeting Attendance: Mandatory? Optional? 
Audio/Visual: Professor only? All participants? 
Meeting Frequency: Daily? 2x/week? Weekly? Bi-weekly? Meeting Schedule: Day? Time?