Merging Sessions in Panopto

(Source: https://spotlight.panopto.com/)

Panopto allows you to merge any two sessions together. This is often necessary when recordings are made using two different computers to capture audio, video, powerpoint and screen capture, but the recordings are not recorded in the same session.

How to combine separated recordings

Merge

  1. Go to your Panopto website and log in with an account that has access to the folder where the content has been recorded.
  2. Once you have found the folder, hover over the first session to reveal the settings icon.
  3. On the settings page, click Manage.
  4. The first drop down selection box allows you to select the folder where the other price of the session is located. The second drop down selection box is where you would select the other session name that you want to merge this recording with.
  5. After you have selected the folder and session to merge with, click the merge button. The session will re-encode and be synchronised as one recording.

Copy

Copying can be a useful way to move a session to a new or additional folder while preserving the original session location.

  1. Go to your Panopto website and log in with an account that has access to the folder containing the session to copy.
  2. Once you have found the folder, hover over the session to reveal the settings icon.
  3. Click manage and locate the copy session selection, simply name your new session and click copy.

Using additional monitors to record in Panopto

How to install an additional monitor:

  • To add a second monitor to your computer, you’ll need to make sure that you either have a video card that supports multiple monitors, or that your computer has more than one video card.
    • Once you have made sure that your video card can support a second monitor, turn off your computer and monitor. Next, locate the video ports on your computer.
  • Connect the second monitor to the unused video port. Plug the second monitor into an electrical power source and turn it on.
  • Turn on your original monitor. Next, turn on your computer. Windows should recognize the monitor once the computer has started. If you are prompted to install driver software, see the instructions that came with the monitor. When you have confirmed the second monitor is functioning properly, you are now ready to begin screen capturing with multiple monitors.

Capturing on multiple monitors

  1. Open the Panopto recorder. In the secondary sources area of the recorder screen, click the checkbox next to capture second screen and/or capture third screen.
  2. A new tab labelled second screen will appear, displaying the output of the second monitor.
  3. If you only want to capture the output from the secondary monitor, be sure to uncheck capture primary screen. After naming your session and selecting a folder, hit the large record button to begin your recording.

(Source: https://spotlight.panopto.com/)

Large Courses in Blackboard

Large Courses in Blackboard

WCU has been using Blackboard for eight years and we are seeing an increase in the size of the courses on our Blackboard system. The size of a course becomes an issue when it is 1.5 GB or larger. It becomes increasing difficult to copy a course forward from one term to the next when the course exceeds 1.5 GB and the stability of the course becomes an issue when a course size exceeds 1.5 GB. The stability issues that we see most often are that the links to files and Blackboard tools break unexpectedly and this results in students struggling to open documents or access tools within the courses.

How to Clean up your course in Blackboard

We would appreciate your assistance in cleaning up the older content in your course(s) that you may not using any more to reduce the size of the course(s) to maintain the stability of the course(s). Please see the attached instructions on how to back up your course content.

Using Panopto to Keep video content

If you house videos or audio files in your course(s), we recommend that you move these files to Panopto and link to them from within your course(s). This will help your student have greater success in viewing your content from a broader range of locations and bandwidths. Attached are instructions on how to configure your course(s) (step 1) for Panopto and how to link to the videos in your course(s) (step 2).

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3D Pedagogy

3D Pedagogy

Exploring 3D Printing as a Tool for Pedagogy

3D printing has been making inroads especially in engineering and K12 education for a number of years, but it has become even more compelling as the price has come down. The 3DU printing facilities  in the Technology Commons at Western Carolina University opened the field to the entire campus in Fall of 2015. Much of the printing done in the space has been for personal projects and design classes.

Dr. Lily Ballofet, a new faculty member in the Department of History, saw a demonstration of the 3DU at the New Faculty Orientation in August of 2015. She later approached her department about paying for the printing of virtual topographic feature maps which gave her students a unique spatial and kinesthetic encounter with a tangible representation of the terrain. That same semester she was approached about Honors College contracts and was searching for a way to give these students a meaningful and memorable experience in completing their contracts.

With consultation and assistance from Dr. Jonathan Wade in the Coulter Faculty Commons, Dr. Ballofet decided to pursue a collaboration with the CFC, the TechnologyCommons, and the students to empower them to design and create an exhibit that would feature curated text, print, and 3D printed objects as a part of an exhibit in the McKee building.  Ryan Cameron and the student staff in the 3DU helped the Honors Students find 3D appropriate and workable 3D digital files, and aided them in the process of printing those files.  The Coulter Faculty Commons provided a small innovation grant to aid in the effort.

By giving the honors students the ability to choose their topics, the 3D files, the print color, and to integrate them into an exhibit presented to their peers and to the campus community, this project gave the students autonomy that allowed them to synthesize the work of others and remix it as their own creation.  The honors students to experience an honors contract completion that added to their personal learning and enhanced the learning experience of their classmates.

Come and see the exhibit in the McKee building and celebrate Meso-American history and culture with Dr. Ballofet and her students.

Chrisman and Wade Present on Using Sway to Teach Multi-Literacy

In a continuing effort to the link technological tools and systems we already have in place to practical course activities and student learning outcomes, John Chrisman, an instructor of English, has been working with Jonathan Wade, the Senior Educational Technologist in the Coulter Faculty Commons to use Microsoft Sway, a free micro-website designer integrated into the Office365 suite, as a multi-media communication platform for his composition students.  On Friday, October 28th, Chrisman and Wade will be presenting their work at a conference at UNCC.

Feel free to join us virtually by visiting the Sway below: