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Lectures and Materials

This page offers guidance on how to share course materials online, prerecord lectures, set up “live” lectures or discussions, and document attendance.

Post Your Lecture Materials on GauchoSpace

  • Convert PowerPoints to PDFs to ensure they display correctly to students.
  • Label each file clearly and be consistent across your syllabus and emails.

Use GauchoCast to Record and Upload Lecture Content That Is Not Live (Asynchronous)

If GauchoCast is down, you can still do offline recordings to upload later:

When launching the Panopto recorder, skip the login page and make an off-line recording. The recording files are made on your local hard drive. When the service is again available, login into the Panopto recorder, then click on the Manage Recordings tab, where you can select the Upload to Server option.

For guidance, you can either look at the tutorial site “Teaching with GauchoCast and Zoom” (requires access to GauchoSpace), watch the embedded video below, or watch the individual segments linked to below.

If you are a Linux User:

Use whatever screen capture software that works well for you given your particular flavor of Linux to do the capture. As long as it can save an mp4 file, you are golden. You can then take advantage of GauchoCast/Panopto for distribution. Just add the GauchoCast Block to your course site to create a GauchoCast folder for your course. You can then log into GauchoCast directly, log in using your GauchoSpace credentials, navigate to the appropriate course folder owned by you, and upload directly through the browser. The file will be processed and as soon as it is done processing, it will be available you your students via GauchoSpace.

For additional help, see the GauchoCast support site. For technical support: Submit a help ticket to UCSB Support Desk Collaboration or email help@id.ucsb.edu.

For Content That Needs to Be Delivered “Live” (Synchronously), Use Zoom

Use Zoom, the campus’ desktop videoconferencing software, to deliver your lecture from a remote location, and/or allow remote students to attend lecture virtually. With Zoom you can transmit live audio and video of yourself and your students, as well as use screen sharing to deliver on-screen presentation materials.

For guidance, you can either look at the tutorial site “Teaching with GauchoCast and Zoom” (requires access to GauchoSpace), watch a series of Zoom tutorial videos, or check out this Zoom tutorial.

  • If you want to record your Zoom session, make sure to give students the option to “opt out” of being recorded – for example, ask them to turn off their video and mute themselves if they want before you start recording a session. Make sure to encourage them to ask questions in the chat instead.
  • Think carefully about muting options: for larger groups, automatically muting everyone’s microphones might be a good idea; seeing everyone’s faces can build community or be undesirable in other contexts – familiarize yourself with different viewing settings beforehand.
  • There are reports of “trolls” hijacking Zoom sessions: only share Zoom URLs on GauchoSpace or via email. See advice on securing your Zoom meetings.
  • For technical support submit a help ticket to UCSB Support Desk Collaboration or email help@id.ucsb.edu.

Films and Videos

Library Resources

  • * Library Course Reserves – Faculty can upload their own electronic materials to the Library’s Course Reserves system or request that the Library scan and upload materials from our collections. When available, the Library will purchase multi-user ebooks to put on Reserves. Submit Course Reserves requests here. For help, email cres@library.ucsb.edu.
  • Library Remote Resources – Information on searching and accessing the Library’s remotely accessible resources and services is available at the link above.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Digital Pedagogy in the HumanitiesDigital Pedagogy in the Humanities is a curated collection of reusable resources for teaching and research. Organized by keyword, each annotated artifact can be saved, shared, and downloaded. You can build and save your own collection of keywords and artifacts for ease of access. You may also download assignments and readings for immediate use. Almost every pedagogical artifact has a Creative Commons license and is meant to be downloaded, revised, and shared. In order to find the things you’re really interested in immediately, you can use the tags and search bar. For instance, if you’re interested in collaboration, other than reading the keyword entry, Collaboration, use the tag to find other pedagogical artifacts on collaboration (196!). If a colleague is just starting out in terms of converting courses to online, check out the tag “getting started” for low barrier to entry artifacts.
  • New York Times Curated Curricular Instructional Resource website. The New York Times is opening up its curated curricular instructional resource website www.nytimes.com/edu to faculty and students. Sixteen weeks of access can be gained by registering at www.nytimesineducation.com/trial.

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