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Creating a Video for your Course

Instructional Video Tools

  • BeachBoard Media (Kaltura) allows you to generate, upload, and organize video and audio files into your Media Library. You can pull content from your Media Library into a Course Gallery where students can access it.
  • Camtasia- makes it simple to record presentations or screencasts, add audio, narration, and visual effects. Advanced video editing skills are not required to create engaging videos to share with students on BeachBoard or other platforms
  • PlayPosit is a web-based tool that allows instructors to convert streamed or uploaded video into an immersive, learning-focused student experience. Instructors can create active learning exercises with PlayPosit by inserting pauses into videos and adding polls, multiple choice questions, fill-in-the-blank, and other interactive assessments for student reflection. 

Best Practices for Using Video in Your Courses

Here are some general tips when creating video:

  • Keep videos relatively short and focus on a single subject. If video runs more than 10 minutes long, consider cutting it into two more videos.
  • Define the audience.
  • Clarify your message; keep script tight and succinct.
  • Don't put too much text on the video or use text that is too small to read.
  • Hook your audience quickly.
  • Pick a strong title that is descriptive and enticing at the same time.
  • Choose images that are relevant and not just for decoration.
  • Don’t add copyrighted materials including images, text, and music.

Captions and Subtitles​

According to the CSU Accessibility Policy, all campuses are required to ensure that multimedia and video resources are captioned. 

Visit the CSULB Accessible Technology Intiative (ATI) website for information and resources about creating captions for your videos.

Video Hosting

Both YouTube and Vimeo offer free accounts for hosting videos. You can add links to videos uploaded to these services in your BeachBoard course.