Links mentioned in the session
- onlineteaching.classcaster.net – Home page for the course
- community.cali.org – Discussion forums for the course (and other topics)
- youtube.com/caliorg – CALI’s YouTube videos
- www.cali.org/search/lawschoolcse – search only law school websites
- The One-Page Guide to Writing Multiple-Choice Questions Susan M. Case, Ph.D., Beth Donahue multiple_choice_drafting_guidelines_by_s_2. Case of NCBE
- http://quizwright.cali.org/ – CALI’s QuizWright quiz tool – use your CALI credentials to login and create quizzes for your classes
- quizizz.com – large k-12 quiz/game website. Free to start.
- www.casebookconnect.com/ – Wolters Kluwer Casebook Connect
- www.cali.org/lessons – CALI lessons
- www.cali.org/lessonlink – LessonLink where you can create unique links to CALI lessons and see student analytics as the instructor
- www/polleverywhere.com – largest audience response system (i.e. student classroom polling) website. Not free.
- rubistar.4teachers.org/ – free tool to help teachers make rubrics
- rubric-maker.com/ – free tool to create customized rubrics
- https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html – also camtasia.com – easy to learn video recording and editing software. Not free.
- openshot.org – free, open source video editing software
- https://obsproject.com/ – free, open source video recording and broadcast/streaming software
- 5′ x 7′ green screen cloth ($13.88) – on Amazon –
- Backdrop Support Stand 10′ x 6.5′ for green cloth ($42.19) on Amazon –
- Full Green Bodysuit/Unitard Unisex Lycra Spandex Stretch Adult Costume ($24.99) – on Amazon
- Professor Josh Blackman’s 8 monitor display – article on Reason.com
- www.audacityteam.org/ – Audacity website – free, open source audio recording and editing.
- John Mayer’s Headphones – HyperX – Cloud Alpha S Wired 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PC with Chat Mixer and Adjustable Bass – Blue/Black – BestBuy.com link.
Welcome to “Technology: Platforms & Lectures,” the second session in CALI’s mini-course. There are many choices for platforms, tools, and LMSs to use. We can’t possibly cover them all. Besides, we know that many of your law schools have already selected the LMS and maybe even the tools. We will cover some guidelines for deciding which technology to use and some tips on using technology, such as video and audio.
In the first session, we suggested you form a student group. If you have not done so, we’re going to repeat this suggestion. Study groups play an essential role in learning for law students. Use this mini-course to experience study groups as your students will if your courses are online. If you didn’t look at Professor Nicole Lefton’s lesson on forming study groups for Session 1, consider running it now.
If you have formed a study group, consider meeting on different platforms. Popular among students are Zoom, HouseParty, and Google Hangouts. Watch2gether is also useful as it allows you and your students to view videos, such as from YouTube simultaneously.
The speakers leading this session are CALI’s own Executive Director, John Mayer, and Director of Technology, Elmer Masters.
At the conclusion of this session you should be able to:
- Distinguish between a LMS and a tool.
- Explain how you could use video in your course.
- Create an audio or video recording.
- Compare when you could use recorded video or a podcast in your course.
- Daniel Stanford, Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All, (March 16, 2020) https://www.iddblog.org/videoconferencing-alternatives-how-low-bandwidth-teaching-will-save-us-all/ (8 minutes)
- Candace Hazlett, How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement, (March 12, 2014) https://blog.edx.org/how-mooc-video-production-affects/ (3 minutes) – The full article is linked from the summary. (18 minutes).
- IU Teaching Online, Making Your Own Videos, https://canvas.ucdavis.edu/courses/34528/pages/making-your-own-videos?module_item_id=4998 Hosted by UC-Davis (10 minutes – 75 minutes if you continue to follow links in the teaching guide)
- Watch this video of student experiences in law school during Spring 2020 from #CALIcon2020, where students discuss the online class styles of their professors. June 5, 2020. (1 hour)
Here are some tools that you may find useful. Consider this list as a starting point for investigating tools for online teaching.
Audio Recording Tools
- Windows 10 Voice Recorder
- Mac – iPhone Voice Memos
- Recorder from Google for Android 10 (produces nifty transcripts, too)
- Looking for the record function on any other device? Google “[device] voice recorder”
Open Source Audio – Editing
Audacity – https://www.audacityteam.org/
Help manual – https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq.html
Here’s an example of one of CALI’s short podcasts., by Professor Jennifer Martin. Each podcast includes a transcript in Word, where students can take notes. Procedurally, Professor Martin started with the transcript. After drafting it, she asked a colleague to review it. Professor Martin then revised the transcript if necessary and later recorded it using Audacity. If Professor Martin misspoke or a dog barked, she would briefly pause. She would start the paragraph or sentence over and continue with the recording. The “pause” and restart of the material made editing easier.
Video Capture and Recording Tools
- Zoom! Launch a Zoom meeting and hit record.
- OBS – Open Broadcast Software – https://obsproject.com/
Video Editing Tools
- Camtasia from Techsmith – https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html
- Openshot (free) – https://www.openshot.org/
- After completing the session’s readings, please attempt this short quiz. (5 minutes) You will need to login to the CALI website. The author of the quiz (Deb at CALI) will be able to see your scores.
- Listen to a peer’s audio recording in the discussion forum. In your teaching journal, note any style choices or techniques that their recording included that you could adopt for your course? Consider whether you stayed engaged through the whole recording? Why or why not.
Have you taken an online course, besides this course?
- Create a 1-3 minute audio recording explaining one concept or case summary from your course that students typically have questions about. Before Session 3, post it to the discussion forum. In selecting a topic, think about what types of questions you get after class or during office hours. Post your recording here.
- Have you used any audio or video tool in your courses that you would recommend. Briefly explain why you are recommending it. Respond here.