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The use of multi-media files as a teaching tool is increasing. Some instructors are using movie clips to illustrate a point while others are recording portions of their material for students to reference and use as often as needed. The use of multi media files (movie and sound clips) enhances distance learning, blended learning and traditional courses. However, multi media files can be rather large in size and therefore quickly use up a lot of the 1-GB ANGEL Course file size.
To take advantage of this learning technology without maxing out their course file space instructors can elect to stream the multi media file into their course using the ITS Streaming Server. Streaming is the process of transferring audio and visual information from a server to a Web browser in a steady and continuous stream. Streaming media is different delivery method from other services that require the media file to be downloaded for viewing. With an ITS Streaming Server account instructors can upload their media files to the streaming server and then link to them from their ANGEL course for their students to view. In the Link Settings field the instructor can designate how they want the media file to open.
Use the Link Target pull-down menu to designate how the media file is to open.
Students then select the link to play the movie.
Instructors can also replace the link name with an image by using the Page feature. To do this from the Lessons tab:
When the students select the page they will see the image of the movie clip which they can then select to play the movie.
Click here to learn more about streaming video and to apply for an account: ITS Streaming Server.
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