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Using YouTube to Host Videos and provide Video Captions

Videos that faculty have created themselves, where they retain copyright ownership, can be uploaded to their MATC YouTube account. YouTube is a free video service that all faculty have access to through MATC Google Apps for Education. By default, YouTube will upload videos no greater than 15 minutes long.  However, there is a way that you can increase your limit to 30 minutes. Also, YouTube allows you to add captions and transcripts to your videos. Please see the instructions to learn more about these processes.

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CmapTools: A Free Concept Mapping Teaching Tool

CmapTools: Integrating, Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Online Courses

Teaching, learning, and evaluation in online courses offer unique and exciting challenges for instructors. Not only is it necessary to find new teaching strategies but it’s essential that instructors find new ways to facilitate student learning. Concept maps (Novak, 1998) are one strategy that can promote teaching, learning, and evaluation in online environments.

Concept Maps are pictures or graphical representations that learners draw to depict their understanding of the meaning of a set of concepts. They use the maps to link new learning to what they already know. One of the ways adults learn is in analyzing their own experiences and linking them to the new information they are learning. In this way, the maps offer learners and instructors an opportunity to share, discuss, and revise their understanding of concepts, propositions, and the relationships between new and existing knowledge. One way to use concept maps to promote learning is to have students construct concept maps of the course readings [throughout the course]. Students pick a reading that piques their interest in a particular topic and maps out the reading as a way to understand it. Other ways students can use concept maps to show relationships between two or more readings or two or more authors. When students create concept maps, instructors get a glimpse into how their mind is working and how they are constructing knowledge. So not only are the maps a teaching and learning strategy, but can be used to give feedback and assess learning.

CmapTools can be incorporated into any course taught online for adult learners. It is a relatively easy program for students to install and learn

Novak, J. Learning, Creating and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations. Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum, 1998.

Concept Map using CmapTools

YouTube Video on How to use the CmapTools Software to create a concept map.

How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint 2010

Embedding a YouTube video is an easy way to enliven a PowerPoint presentation with multimedia, especially if you are sure that the environment in which you will access the presentation has Internet connectivity. Embedding video in PowerPoint 2010 is a little bit easier than it has been in previous versions. However, there are a few steps to be aware of. To learn how to add an embedded YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010, please see the video that appears below or see these typed instructions.

How to Upload 30 Minute Videos to YouTube

Instructor-made videos are excellent tools for scaffolding student learning and providing students with remedial  or supplemental instruction on-demand.  Many MATC faculty now use such programs like Camtasia, Windows Movie Maker, or PowerPoint 2010 to create their own lecture capture videos and publish them YouTube.

YouTube is a free video service that all faculty now have access to through their school Google accounts. By default, YouTube will upload videos no greater than 15 minutes long.  However, there is a way that you can increase your limit to 30 minutes! Continue reading