Tools & Tips

Tools & Practices

Tools & Tips

After deciding upon why and where to implement video for your education, you have to decide on starting to record your selves or inviting professional film makers to create your video.

We here describe the options present at the UM. First the tools to do-it-yourselves (DIY), then several UM video services. We will also offer links to commercial parties we know of.


DIY-Mediasite: Fixed recording system

DIY-Mediasite: Fixed recording system

Mediasite is a (fixed) tool for capturing, managing and delivering videos. At the UM the tool is currently hosted by the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and installed at several faculties:

  • Aula & Lecture Hall (Afrikazaal) at SBE (TS53)
  • Statenzaal and Feestzaal at Law (BOU3)
  • Turnzaal at FASoS (GG90-92)
  • UNS 50 Bonte Zaal (H1.331)

Making a lecture recording is very easy. The only thing you have to do on top of showing your Powerpoint (or other application projected on the screen in the lecture hall), is push the record button before you start. The recording will automatically be uploaded to the Mediasite server and if done, a link to the recording will be sent to you. Since spring 2014 the UM offers a Mediasite plugin which offers the possibility to have the videos stored on the Mediasite server and distribute them embedded in your course in EleUM.

  • Reservations: make a reservation for one of the Mediasite recorder equipped rooms with your faculty key-user
  • If the room is not available you can inquire after the possibility to hire the mobile recorder (note: currently available for a limited set of rooms and university buildings)
  • A complete manual for recording and offering the video to your students or a quick reference card when making use of a AMX system.



DIY-MyMediasite: desktop lecture recorder

DIY-MyMediasite: desktop lecture recorder

MyMediasite is a desktop capture and video upload tool empowering faculty, trainers or staff to create and share video, training modules, lectures or assignments from your own device (iPad, Mac or PC) from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection and a UM-account.

You can make use of MyMediasite providing your faculty has a Mediasite-license agreement (to register lectures and upload, store and distribute them from a server). You can find out by checking whether your faculty has a faculty key-user. Recently a project has been launched to implement a university wide service.

  • Before creating your video with MyMediasite you have to install it on your laptop or PC.
  • After you created your video it will automatically be cued for approval and uploading to the server. Subsequently the recording is stored and ready for distribution. You receive an e-mail message with a link to where the recording is stored. Optionally you can edit the recording and eventually offer the link to your students
  • Editing the video can be done with the Mediasite Editor
  • When you offer the link to a recording to your students, they have to log in to view it (unless you opened it up ‘to the world’). You can also distribute it via EleUM. Since spring 2014 we have been making use of a Mediasite plugin which offers the possibility to have the videos stored on the Mediasite server and distribute them embedded in your course in EleUM.
  • Contact your faculty key-user for more information on MyMediasite.


Alternative tools to create your video

Alternative tools to create your video

You can of course prefer alternatives to My/Mediasite.

Few we know of are Camtasia, Adobe Captivate and Screencast-o-matic (a free webbased tool). You have to decide which one suits your purposes well (and buy them your selves e.g. via SURF). Be aware that there is no central UM host or support offer when using these tools, so you’ll have to find out your selves how it works properly and suits your goal.

 Note if choosing for alternatives instead of MyMediasite:

  • they mostly produce locally stored videos
  • conversion or uploading is necessary to distribute them easily via EleUM
  • be aware that there is no central UM host or support offer when using these tools

You can consult a longer list with alternative tools to create your video with.

Services recording your videos

Services recording your videos

If ‘do-it-yourselves’ is no option (or you can spend a budget on professional film makers producing a video), you can choose from several parties.

The UM video team

The UM video team is professionally coached and assisted by the department of Marketing & Communication. The team consists of 10 to 15 enthusiastic students with proven skills in the areas of filming and/or editing. The team not only produces videos, but also ensures clients can share them via their own website, YouTube and social media.

And last but not least, they have reporters who can make news items for you, which consist of a report on an event with brief interviews.


Science Vision

Science Vision is a multimedia service provider at the UM Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences providing state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities to clients within and outside the university. 

Their services include filming documentaries and instructional videos, digitising video footage and broadcasting events live over the Internet. Video conferencing and recordings using one or more cameras are also part of the possibilities on offer. Science Vision has facilities to suit a wide range of training programmes, including media training for politicians, managers and executives.

Other tools and commercial parties to create your video

You can of course prefer commercial parties to create your video with.

Note: these filmers will work on paid basis.


Good practices


A good practice to share here are The “Finance video classes” implemented at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) which have recently been awarded with the Wynand Wijnen Education Award, for an outstanding contribution to education.

Flip your classroom
What would you do if all of your students read the textbook and studied online lecture videos BEFORE each class? This would enable you to shift the focus of classroom time to higher order thinking and application of knowledge. This is not a dream but can be a reality in your classroom. It has been a reality for me ever since I started flipping my classes.


Do you know of other examples of UM colleagues having implemented video within their education at the UM? Please let us know!

Tips & tricks


A collection of websites on improving your lecture (in general)


Links to other relevant websites

Examples of interaction in your (web) lecture

More and more teachers are implementing a student response tool for their lectures. Mostly because they want to enhance interaction with their students or to assess prior knowledge about the topic in question. In addition teachers want to increase students’ motivation and give them a concentration boost. Audience response tools give the opportunity to facilitate interaction during live sessions and instantly make use of the feedback. Even if  not all the students are gathered in the same room!

At SBE the number of enrolled students in some courses would simply not fit in the scheduled room. Some teachers decide to not only record the lecture, but broadcast it while taking place (live streaming). But specifically to have the distance attendees participate, they offer questions and polls via GoSoapbox; an audience response tool recently acquired by the UM.

Sign up now and make unlimited use of the multiple options the application offers.
You can also check out our concise manual.

Have you been using GoSoapBox already? Let us know what your experiences are and what we can improve. Send us your good and best practices, also from an educational perspective.

Training and workshops

If tips are not enough you can turn to your faculty contact person for teacher qualifications programs to incorporate these skills in your course. You can also sign up for a media training (soon to be announced) in which you can learn and practice media skills within an educational context.

Examples of others creating videos


Examples of others making use of instruction videos

Watch this and other library instruction videos to help you find your way in the University Library.

eleum-instructiefilmpjesClick on the image to start browsing a collection of tutorials and how-to-movies about building your EleUM course and implementing facilities within your education (offered by the EleUM support team).

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