Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: October 2014

Creating MP4 files from PowerPoint presentations

ppt2013You’ve added narration to your PowerPoint presentation. Now it’s time to share your creation with others. But wait, the file is so large that it exceeds the file size limitation of the DeSales email system. What to do? The answer – convert the presentation to an MP4 video. The videos can then be added to the DeSales media server (see for the streaming server request form) or uploaded to YouTube. Even better, Office 2013 makes the process easy.

To convert a PowerPoint presentation to an MP4 file using PowerPoint 2013, follow these steps:

  • From within PowerPoint, click on File…Export
  • On the Export screen, choose Create a Video
  • Change the initial drop-down option to Internet & DVD
  • For the second drop-down option, choose Use Recorded Timings and Narration
  • Click on the Create Video button

That’s all there is to it. In a few minutes you should have an MP4 file that can be sent to DEIT, along with the media server request form, or uploaded to YouTube and shared with the world. While DEIT still recommends the use of Panopto to capture lectures and narrate PowerPoint presentations, if you’ve already added your narration, converting the presentation to an MP4 video is a great option for sharing your content.

OUPblog: In person online: the human touch

Judith Bowman of Oxford Univeristy Press discusses her epiphany on “the human touch” element of online learning when she heard a student voice a complaint that if the online course that the student took had a face-to-face teacher, they would have done better in the article “In person online: the human touch”. This student’s statement made Judith realize that personal touches of adding presence in an online course aid in engaging students in an online environment for a more face-to-face instruction quality. Suggested methods of creating and maintaining presence in  an online course include video-enabled chat, an instructor introduction message, and conversational tone in items like agendas and discussion posts .

To read the full article on OUPblog’s site, click here:



DEIT Instructor Help Desk Guide

DEIT has created the following guide to assist instructors in effectively utilizing DeSales’ 24/7 Help Desk solution: DEIT Instructor Help Desk Guide. This guide contains information on when the Help Desk should be contacted vs. when DEIT should be contacted, tips for getting issues resolved efficiently with the Help Desk, and the method for providing feedback on the Help Desk. The DEIT Instructor Help Desk Guide can be found on the Resources tab in Blackboard, on our website under “Helpful Links” on the top menu, and in the DEIT Faculty Community in Blackboard (all faculty are automatically enrolled in this organization in Blackboard).


Respondus Lockdown Browser/Respondus Monitor Tests

If you would like to add security to your online tests using either Respondus Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor, do NOT create and distribute a Password for the test under “Edit the Test Options”. When students input the test password, they are able to bypass both Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor to take the test in a normal browser without additional security.







Faculty Focus Article: Building Community and Creating Relevance Online

Much like a traditional face-to-face class, the first days of an online class can make students new to the online learning environment nervous as well. Faculty Focus has created some helpful tips and tricks to make the online learning environment less intimidating, especially to new students. Here’s a quick overview of some highlights from the “Building Online Community and Creating Relevance in the Online Classroom” article:

  • Record Weekly Video Announcements: This gives students an introduction to each week’s objectives, assignments, and other important information in an audio or video format rather than being entirely text-based
  • Build Relevance in Your Course: Incorporate relevant recent articles or news stories into your lessons to boost the connection to current events and ideas
  • Formula for Success: Weekly introductions with office hours, feedback to previous student questions, discuss and display exemplary student work from the previous week, communicate weekly objectives to students with special attention to upcoming projects and resources necessary for the course, connect course material to relevant current events to promote course material significance.

To read the full article, click here:




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