Options for Recording Lectures for Engineering Online Courses

Engineering Online staff are ready to assist faculty with options for recording your online course for individuals who cannot attend the synchronous class sessions. We would like to maintain the same look and feel that students have come to appreciate about our distance programs as they view the lectures and interact with faculty and classmates. There will be different modes of lecture delivery, and our staff need your help in ensuring that all of the lectures are in a common space. Below is information on options for modes of delivery and the required steps to accomplish these goals as well as some suggestions for how you can interact with your on-campus class and online students.

Please note that with the large volume of synchronous and asynchronous classes offered by Engineering Online each semester, it is best that you contact us as soon as you can. Requests and assistance will be processed as quickly as possible.

Utilize Previously-Recorded Lectures

Request that previously-recorded lectures be used to replace live lectures you were planning to deliver this semester. 

  • If you have taught the class for EOL before, we can post (a) lecture(s) from a previous semester to replace live class sessions.
  • Review the lectures you’ve recorded for EOL in the past to identify which previously-recorded lectures would be suitable as replacements. You can review the lectures for the previously-recorded courses you’ve taught for EOL HERE.
  • Once you know which lecture(s) you want to be posted, please complete this FORM. You will receive an email when the request has been filled.
  • If Engineering Online is offering your course this semester using previously-recorded lectures and you also have (an) on-campus section(s) of that course, you can request that access be set for your on-campus students. Send an email to techsupport_eol@help.ncsu.edu to make that request.

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Record New Lectures in a Mini-Studio

Schedule (a) recording(s) in advance in one of our mini-studios

  • EOL has three mini-studios that can be used by faculty to record class lectures or other informational recordings for your students
  • There are 2 mini-studios on Centennial Campus:
    • Contact Charles Dawson at cndawson@ncsu.edu to schedule time to use one of those mini-studios
  • There is another mini-studio in Page Hall on Main Campus:
  • You may also be able to schedule time in your regular studio classroom to pre-record your course lectures over the summer or during the fall semester
    • Send an email to ldkrute@ncsu.edu to inquire about scheduling time in a studio classroom

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Record New Lectures Remotely

New Lectures Can Be Recorded Remotely From Your Office or Home Using Zoom or My Mediasite

If this is the first semester you are teaching a class in our distance education program and you don’t have pre-recorded lectures, you can deliver the class synchronously using Zoom or asynchronously using the Panopto Desktop Recorder. Lectures can be recorded and access set for your distance and on-campus students. Please note that for Engineering Online synchronous courses, including undergraduate, site-based courses, Zoom recordings are the best option. The Panopto Desktop Recorder is an option for asynchronous lectures. 

Zoom

The Zoom web conferencing platform is well suited for synchronous (real-time) online lectures/meetings involving groups of up to 300 participants and includes video, audio, screen sharing, text chat, and many other features. Instructors can use Zoom to deliver online lectures to an entire class or to hold virtual office hours with a single student or a small group.

Engineering Online faculty have the option to hold their classes synchronously with Zoom. However, ALL lectures MUST be recorded for students that are unable to attend live. ALL recorded lectures must be posted in Panopto, the single access point and repository for EOL course lectures. You may also post links to individual Zoom recordings on your course Moodle page if you wish.

If you are using Zoom in a studio classroom for a hybrid class:

  • Your recurring Zoom meeting will be set up for your course. The link, Meeting ID and Passcode will be sent to you to distribute to your students. The most secure option is to post this information on your course Moodle page rather than sending it to your students via email
  • Your technician will record your lecture in Mediasite

If you are using Zoom remotely:

  • You will create a recurring Zoom meeting for your course (see steps below)
  • You must either upload the recording file to your EOL Panopto course folder yourself or your recorded Zoom lectures must be copied to a shared Google drive space so that EOL staff can access and upload the files to Panopto (see steps below).
  • USB microphones and webcams are available to borrow from Engineering Online to ensure good audio and video quality for recordings. Send an email to techsupport_eol@help.ncsu.edu to request to borrow equipment

Steps for Zoom Recordings for Engineering Online Courses:

  • Create a recurring Zoom meeting to use for your course throughout the semester following the steps outlined HERE
    • Start at https://ncsu.zoom.us. Authenticate with UnityID and password
    • Be sure to select ‘Record the Meeting Automatically’ and ‘On the Local Computer’ under Meeting Options
  • When you end the meeting and stop the recording, click ‘Recordings’ and ‘Local Recordings’ 
  • Use the file location information to navigate to the Zoom folder on your machine and open the folder for the recording
  • Rename the ‘zoom_0’ .mp4 file to your course name and lecture number, ex. CE523_01-10-22
  • Go to: https://go.ncsu.edu/eol-spring_2022-lectures and navigate to the course folder for your class
  • Drag the newly renamed .mp4 file into the Google Drive course folder for your class 
  • If you’ve recorded a lecture outside of your scheduled class meeting time, send an email to techsupport_eol@help.ncsu.edu with the following information
    • The title of the file/presentation and lecture date
    • When the presentation should be viewable to students on Panopto
  • EOL staff will upload the file to your EOL Panopto course folder with access set for your distance section(s) and on-campus section(s), if applicable. 
  • To make the recording available to your students right away, post a link to the recording on your course Moodle site:
    • Right-click on the file you put in the Google Shared Drive course folder
    • Click ‘Get shareable link’
    • Click ‘Copy link’
    • Click to change access to the file from ‘Restricted’ to ‘North Carolina State University
    • Click ‘Done’
    • Add the copied URL to your course Moodle page
More information on Zoom:
  • Get help using Zoom by sending an email to learntech@ncsu.edu or call LearnTech at 919-513-7094

Panopto Desktop Recorder

The Panopto Desktop Recorder is a tool instructors can use to record presentations from a personal computer capturing video, audio and computer images. Panopto Desktop Recorder has the advantage that the format, look and feel are the same as lectures recorded in a studio classroom. There is no live interactivity with Panopto Desktop Recorder.

  • How to Record with Panopto for Windows  and How to Record with Panopto for Mac using the guidelines from Panopto
    • Includes video tutorials
  • USB microphones are available to borrow from Engineering Online to ensure good audio quality for recordings, which is key to a high-quality lecture recording
  • Using the guidelines from the links above, create your recording
    • Name the presentation with the course name and lecture date
    • Select the channel you created for the course as the destination for the uploaded file
  • Once you’ve completed (a) lecture recording(s) for an Engineering Online class, send an email to techsupport_eol@help.ncsu.edu with the following information
    • The title of the file/presentation and lecture date
    • When the presentation should be viewable to students in the EOL lecture catalog
  • If recording lectures for a non-Engineering Online course, your content will stay in your My Mediasite space and you will set access for your students within My Mediasite (easiest to set access to ‘My Organization’). You can share those links with your on-campus students.
  • Get help using the Panopto Desktop Recorder by sending an email to learntech@ncsu.edu or call LearnTech at 919-513-7094

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Additional Campus Resources for Academic Continuity

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