Multimedia & Recording Lectures

Whether it's for an online course, a particularly difficult subject, or a missed class, recording your lecture is a great option for delivering your content. There are a number of options for recording your lecture, both freely available and at a cost. Below is a brief overview of some of the options, however, we encourage any interested faculty to visit the CTL. You can meet with a consultant while learning the ins-and-outs of recording in one of the Media Production Spaces.

If you are considering recording parts of your lecture for an in-person class, providing recordings have been found to have only a weak correlation to lower attendance (Kinnari-Korpela, 2015, Kinnari-Korpela & Korpela, 2014). This is especially true when the recording are short (~5 minutes) and used as supplemental material rather than recording the entire lecture.

A few options for recording audio and/or video for your lectures include:

Kaltura CaptureSpace is a downloadable application for recording your lecture. It will record a PowerPoint presentation or your entire screen with audio and/or your webcam. Videos created are easily uploaded to Kaltura where they can be shared with students through Canvas. CaptureSpace works for both Mac and Windows users. For instructions on downloading and installing CaptureSpace see this video provided by UITS.

Zoom is a videoconferencing application that allows recording of one or more individuals, the computer screen, and/or a presentation (not limited to PowerPoint). Videos can be saved directly to Kaltura or to your computer. Zoom is a great way to bring guest speakers to your students by pre-recording interviews or panel discussions at your guests' convenience and sharing the videos in Canvas. Zoom works for both Mac and Windows users. For more information, see the KB Article on Zoom and the CTL video tutorials on Zoom.

Office Mix is a product created by Microsoft which integrates into PowerPoint (for Windows only) by creating a "Mix" tab in the ribbon. While Microsoft discontinued the Office Mix server for video storage, the add-in is still quite useful to create video presentations to upload to Kaltura. It's easy to use and allows you to record and re-record individual slides as well as change slide content without re-recording everything. It also provides the option to include video of you on your slides as well as audio. Office Mix publishes directly as a video (mp4 file) which can be uploaded to Kaltura for easy sharing with students. If your computer has Office 365, you'll see similar tools in PowerPoint on a tab labeled "Recording."  Office Mix is available in the CTL for your use. If you would like assistance using this function on your own computer, please schedule a consultation with a digital learning consultant.

VoiceThread is a learning tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. VoiceThread works for both Mac and Windows users. For more information, see the KB article on VoiceThread.

Audacity is a tool for recording audio only. It can be downloaded from IUware for either Windows or Mac. 

Camtasia is a recording and editing application that can be purchased from Techsmith. It includes a PowerPoint plug-in to capture presentations with audio as well as screencasts of non-slide content like websites or other programs. Camtasia provides easy to use video editing tools such as the ability to attach multiple video files together, add transitions, add text and images over the video, and trim out sections of video. Camtasia works for both Mac and Windows users. Note: Camtasia is a paid application and is not available on IUware. Make sure to look for the education pricing if you would like to purchase it.


Kinnari-Korpela, H. (2015). Using short video lectures to enhance mathematics learning-experiences on differential and integral calculus course for engineering students. Informatics in Education, 14(1).

Kinnari-Korpela, H., & Korpela, A. (2014, June). Enhancing learning in engineering studies: experiences on short video lecturing. In EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2207-2216). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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