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Creating Multimedia

A range of core supported tools are available to you to produce multimedia content (e.g. video and audio content or lecture capture). Please do not forget that all digital materials for learning and teaching must be accessible by law – see our Digital Accessibility page.

Video content

Canvas Studio is a core video recording and management tool available within Canvas. Our guide on Producing Video Content Using Canvas Studio (in our Hybrid Active Learning (HAL) canvas course) includes recording videos in Canvas Studio for online asynchronous activities and embedding multiple choice questions within videos for formative assessment. You can also ask students to use Canvas Studio to produce multimedia as part of an assignment or collaborative learning task.

Audio Content

For learning and teaching purposes, audio content can include such digital materials as podcasts, voice recordings and notes, interviews, discussions or audio instructions. See our guide on Producing Audio Content (HAL Canvas course), including guidance on available software to record audio at the University, getting the best sound quality, and a guide on recording a podcast.

Lecture Capture

Lecture capture is defined, as a minimum, as an audio recording of the lecturer’s voice delivering the lecture. The audio recording may optionally be supplemented by screen capture and/or a video recording of the lecturer during the lecture.  For more details on using tools to record your lectures, such as Canvas Studio, see the Video section above.

We would encourage you to think about re-using lecture recordings more actively, e.g. by picking out key concepts and working with them in class. Student feedback consistently shows that short, 'chunked' recordings (5-20 minutes) are more useful than hour-long recordings of lectures.

For more information on the current University policy on lecture capture, see our Policies page.

Animations and infographics

Animations can be a useful way of producing engaging content, especially when it would be hard to record a video with real people on location. Similarly, infographics can be effective to communicate subject content, or module or programme information to your students. You can also get students to produce animations or infographics to enhance their subject-based communication skills. The University does not have core supported technologies for producing animations or infographics, but there are recognised, 3rd party tools which may be used.

Case studies using multimedia in education

Below are a few examples of using multimedia in teaching, either staff creating content for student use or asking students to create content as a learning or assessment task:


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