Recording Lectures

Distance Learning should be simple, flexible, and accessible.

The FTS supports state-of-the-art distance learning classrooms and desktop lecture capture technologies, allowing remote students to view your lectures live via a streaming webcast. Captured lectures are posted for on-demand viewing at any time. You can pre-record a lecture if you need to miss a class, to go over remedial material, or to present material that cannot be covered in class due to time constraints.

Distance Learning Classrooms

Your first option is to schedule a recording in one of our distance learning classrooms. These classrooms are are monitored as you record so you will receive immediate technology assistance should the need arise.

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Recorded lectures are delivered online through the MediaSite system.

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To schedule a recording session contact Andrew Campbell or Victor Cavazos.

Recording a Lecture from Your Desktop

Another option is to record a lecture on your own computer:


Recording Lectures with BigBlueButton in Canvas

*Recordings with BigBlueButton are only available on Canvas for two weeks.


1) Navigate to your course. Select "Conferences" on the side panel


2) Click the + Conference button on the right.

3) Fill in the title of the conference, the duration of the conference, IMPORTANT select "Enable recording for this conference". For a long running conferences, check the box for "No time-limit". Click Update.


4) Under New Conferences select Start.


5) Select Microphone for your audio. Allow web browser to use microphone.


6) A dialog box of recording navigation will pop up. Use this icon to begin and stop the recording.


7) BigBlueButton allows the sharing of webcams and screens. 


8) To load files into Big Blue Button, choose the the “+” icon on the bottom left corner of your middle panel.


9) To begin recording, select the recording icon

10) The title of your conference should now read “(Recording) [Conference TITLE]”. 

11) To logout, navigate to the top right corner and select the right arrow icon.

12) Return to Conferences of your course. Select End to close conference.

13) The conference will now appear under Concluded Conferences.

14) Give the recording some time until it will be available to be reviewed by students enrolled in the course.

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Use QuickTime on Mac to Record Your Lecture

QuickTime software that comes with Macs allow yuo to record your screen.  To do this:

1) Start Quicktime and find New Screen Recording under the File menu.

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2) Select the down arrow next to the red recording button and choose desired microphone.

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3) Test the microphone to ensure that audio is being captured. 

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4) Fire up your Power Point Presentation and select the record button and proceed to follow QuickTime’s instructions displayed on the recording screen.

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5) To save the recording as a video, go to the File tab > Save.

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6) Name the recording and select the desired destination.

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7) Select Edit > Trim to trim unwanted leading or trailing content from your recording.

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8) Finally you need to place your video in Canvas.


Record your Lecture Using Screencast-o-matic

Screen recording technologies such as Screencast-o-matic allow you to record anything that appears on your computer screen (i.e. your PowerPoint presentation) while you provide narration. A free version can be downloaded from $18/year adds additional functionality such as drawing tools, webcam, basic editing, and longer recordings).

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Place Your Video in Canvas

In Canvas you'll need to create a new Content Page.


where you can use the Upload Media from the text editor toolbar to upload your video or simply paste in the URL if you choose to post your video on UT Box or YouTube.