Creating Course Videos

Creating Course Videos

“When instructional video is produced thoughtfully and used to promote active engagement, it can improve student motivation, learning, and performance, make content more memorable, and bring highly visual material to life. Video has other benefits as well. It allows students to watch lectures at their own pace, rewinding and re-watching as needed. It lets instructors assign lectures as homework, opening up class time for interaction. And it can reduce the total time faculty need to spend preparing and delivering the same material for different semesters or audiences. Once you’ve recorded a video, you can–theoretically–use it again and again.” – Dr. Marie Norman, Faculty Focus, 2017

Creating Videos in eClass

eClass offers ready-to-use tools that instructors can use to create both brief and extended recordings right within an eClass course.

audio video media iconPoodll can be used to record brief video clips in eClass. Instructors can use Poodll to record a welcome message for the course, to briefly introduce or overview course topics, to post replies in discussion forums, or to provide feedback in the eClass Gradebook. Students may also use Poodll tools in activities like discussion forums. Poodll tools work best to share recordings that are 10 minutes in length or less.

Zoom allows instructors to hold synchronous (live) meetings and/or record lectures in eClass. Instructors can screenshare slideshows, use a whiteboard, create polls, and even put students into breakout rooms for group discussions. Unlike Poodll, Zoom can be used to record longer lectures or recordings. More Zoom resources can be found on their training website training page.


  • Instructors and students do not need to set-up or create new accounts or obtain special equipment to use Poodll or Zoom.
  • Poodll and Zoom recordings are secure, in that they can be accessed through logging in to the learning management system.
  • eClass integrations for both Poodll and Zoom are supported by the Office of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services.


Using Poodll Using Zoom

Using Poodll Video in eClass (Video, 2 minutes)

Posting to Discussion Forums using Poodll Audio or Video (Video, 4 minutes)

The resources above can be used by both instructors and students alike.

Adding Zoom to Your eClass Course (Video, 2 minutes)

Scheduling Zoom Meeting Sessions in eClass (Video, 2 minutes)

Starting and Ending a Zoom Meeting From Your Browser (Video, 1 minute)

Full Zoom Training Playlist (Video Playlist, times vary)

The guides include instructions for use as well as best practices and tips for success.

Recording PowerPoints

Instructors can take their existing presentations to the next step by recording narration to their PowerPoint slides and converting them in to recorded videos, which can then be uploaded to platforms like YouTube and shared on eClass. We have created several resources for instructors who are interested in enhancing their courses in this way:


Ensuring the “Timelessness” of Your Videos

When recording your own instructional videos, there are a number of small mistakes that can …”limit its re-usability, and compel you to re-record sooner than you’d like” (Norman, 2017). See this article from Faculty Focus (2017) for tips on extending the “shelf-life” of your videos:



Norman, M. (2017). Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from

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