Faculty planning to assign projects that require students to produce audiovisual recordings may be wondering about how to collect this work. Examples of recording assignments might include longform edited audio pieces, weekly recorded oral practice in language courses, or recordings of group presentations. This Tech Doc is a comparison of several tools that might be used to collect, organize, and store student work. If you’re not sure which tool best suits your purpose, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (x7440) to arrange a consultation with a member of our educational technology staff.
Tegrity is Bryn Mawr’s lecture capture system; in addition to its more common use as a way of recording entire class sessions, Tegrity can also be used to host uploaded audio or video content.
- Setup is easy: Each course has a dedicated Tegrity page that is automatically integrated with our Moodle instance, and the user interface is fairly simple.
- Upload any size file: Tegrity has no file size limits for uploads!
- Share with a wider audience: Recordings, once uploaded to Tegrity, can be shared with others either via a link or by embedding the player on a web page.
- Restricting access: Recordings can be left “unpublished,” which allows only the instructor and the student uploader to view them.
- Comment directly on a recording: Instructors can use the Bookmarks and Notes features to leave comments for students that are linked to particular points in the recording.
- Organization: All student submissions appear together under “Student Recordings” and are not grouped by student, although they are labeled with the student’s name.
- Managing recordings: Once uploaded, students cannot rename or delete their own recordings.
- Software requirements: In order to upload for the first time, students need to download the Tegrity Runner app if using their own computers. Lab computers on campus already have this app installed.
The Campus Pack Podcast activity gives you the ability to create a set of podcasts (audio or video files) and link them to your course. Instructors or students can upload or link to files or even record directly into the Podcast activity. The Podcast is a great tool for posting procedural or how-to videos, as well as explanations for material within a course that is still confusing to students.
- Ease of use: The user interface is similar to WordPress and other blogs, so students will likely find it easy to upload their files.
- Grouping submissions: The Podcast can be set up to group submissions by student or by Group (if Groups are being used in the Moodle course), or to have all submissions in the same place.
- Complex setup, particularly for group or single assignments: Setting up the podcast assignment can be tricky, particularly for first-time users. For ease of use, we highly recommend using the “Single copy” setting rather than “group mode” or “one per person”.
- File size limit: Short recordings (less than 5 minutes for video and up to around 15 for audio) are fine, but there is a limit on the size of files that can be uploaded.
- No time-linked comments: Text comments can only be left on the submission overall – notes cannot be tied to particular moments in the video.
Campus Pack Journal exists as a way for individual students to keep portfolios or logs of their own progress in the course, accessible only to themselves and the instructor. For that reason, Journal is useful for keeping personal reflections or collections of work in one place for the student to review and the instructor (or TAs) to grade.
- Privacy: The content of Campus Pack Journals is by default only visible to the course instructor and the individual student.
- Collect external files: Students can upload audio or video files to their Journal, or link to recordings hosted on another service, such as YouTube or even Tegrity.
- Chronological collection: A great feature of Campus Pack Journal is that it collects all work by a single student in one place, allowing for easy exploration of all assignments over time.
- File size limit: Just like Campus Pack Podcast, short recordings (less than 5 minutes for video and up to around 15 for audio) are fine, but there is a limit on the size of files that can be uploaded. If you’re working with large files, Tegrity is the best option.
- Direct recording: Campus Pack Journal does not allow users to record directly into a journal entry. All audio or video recordings must be created elsewhere and then uploaded.