You may have already picked what software you want to use this semester. Here is a summary of some useful tools for those of you still experimenting.

I hope you are staying well and your students are learning.

Screen Capture:

Loom: Jessica Shamberger put together a presentation to show how it works. (

SnagIt: Jacquelyn Lawson shared that this is free through June. Most videos I have made use SnagIt. (

Lecture Capture:

YuJa: See the course designed by Instructional Media Center for instructions on how to use

Important note from an email thread I was copied on today: YuJa. Yuja streams on HFC’s servers. Longer videos made in other services may run up against the 100 Mb cap in HFCOnline.  More importantly, these large files will possibly require students to download the entire file to see it. If you are using another product and cannot change consider having the file hosted somewhere and adding a link to it. (I use YouTube). I also try to use shorter videos. I know that may not be possible for everyone.

Zoom: I recorded a sample here. (

PowerPoint: A link to the Microsoft video is in the course designed by the Instructional Media Center. I also played around with it one day. See this page at CTEI Happenings or this Youtube file for a video after I figured out how to use the laser pointer right.

Teams: The College should have instructions for using this soon.

Teleconferencing (Compiled by Sam Bazzi)

If you are still looking for the best fit for your class here is a list of video providers that  offer free access during corona virus crisis:
Teams: You and your students all have access to this as part of the College license. Instructions on using it should be ready soon. (Added by Jeff)
8×8https://8× – free video conferencing for everyone, no account required,

Cisco WebEx Unlimited usage (no time restrictions), up to 100 participants, VoIp and toll dial-in (Added by Jeff: Y. Bazzi, a Math 131 instructor reports a good experience using this for a live class meeting today.)

GlobalMeet Collaboration Basic plan available for free. It’s not a COVID-19 special, it’s free and open to everyone like Zoom is.

Google Hangouts Hangouts Meet video conferencing available to anyone for free until July 1, (Added by Jeff: The licensing may be problematic for college users of real classes)

Lifesize…-lifesize/ For the next 6 months, they’re offering their premium enterprise-grade video conferencing solution everywhere you need it free of charge. This offer includes Unlimited hosts – Every employee has the ability to work remotely, Unlimited meetings – Come together as frequently as needed, and Unlimited call duration – Talk for as long as it takes to get the job done.

LogMeIn – free for healthcare providers, educational institutions, municipalities, and non-profit organizations

RingCentral…offer.html – free video conf (based on Zoom), phones and meeting for healthcare providers, schools (K-12), and non-profit organizations

Zoom free until June 2020  in the US

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