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KB1109 - Learning about Multimedia for Moodle Users
Posted by John Love, Last modified by John Love on 09 August 2018 01:28 PM


If you're interested in creating rich media or videos to use in your Moodle course, here are some tips and links to helpful online resources:

1. Multimedia in Moodle, generally:

Online Teaching Success - Multimedia section

Take a few minutes review the VCC "Online Teacher Success (OTS2)" online course - in particular, the "Multimedia" section.
This covers some essential background information, such as common file types for rich media, shows a few examples, and provides some tasks or lessons to help you understand some use cases and best practices. (This particular course is still a work in progress.)

If you're already enrolled in this VCC online course, you should see it in your Moodle Home page, after you login:
"Online Teaching Success with Moodle": http://moodle.vcc.ca/course/view.php?id=3726

If you are not enrolled, contact elsupport@vcc.ca and ask us for the enrollment key.

Using H5P in Moodle to create Interactive content and activities

VCC's Moodle LMS includes a free suite of multimedia activity tools called H5P. H5P is a free, open-source software project driven by a large online community. H5P makes it easier for VCC Moodle users to create rich interactive content. Using H5P, authors may create and edit interactive videos, presentations, games, advertisements and more.

Start learning about H5P here:
KB1191 - What is H5P? - https://elsupport.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/206/0/kb1191---what-is-h5p

2. Tools for Screencasting and Video Editing:

Camtasia Studio

http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html

We often recommend Camtasia Studio as a good all-around tool for creating videos or screencasts. It is one of the more cost-effective screen-capture/editor suites on the market (comparable to more expensive solutions like Adobe Captivate).

TechSmith (the makers of Camtasia) have an extensive series of tutorials for new users - mostly as videos.
Camtasia Studio 8 Tutorials: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8.html

PROS: Mac and PC editions available. Full-featured (grows along with your capabilities/needs).
CONS: Costs a bit and only usable on the system you've installed it on.

Screencast-o-matic

http://screencast-o-matic.com

A free web-based screencasting tool that's pretty simple and easy to use. If budget or speed is an issue, and you won't need to do much video editing, this may be the best solution (and a good place to begin exploring how to screencast right away).

PROS: Web-based, platform-agnostic. Free and fast.
CONS: Basic, with fewer editing features than commercial software applications, and a bit less intuitive in some aspects.
Free version also puts a "Screencast-o-matic" watermark in the corner of your projects.

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