Think of YuJa as a video toolkit, offering a number of capabilities that would otherwise be difficult or costly. You can use YuJa to record lectures, either to give students a resource that goes far beyond Powerpoint slides, or to flip the classroom, making lectures available offline at any time, thereby preserving class time for the discovery and consolidation of knowledge through active learning.
But you can also use YuJa to record meetings, student presentations, mock interviews, or field experiences using mobile devices, among other things. You can use YuJa as a screen recorder, for example to provide feedback, demonstrate software, explain difficult concepts, or add commentary to screen presentations.
YuJa also provides a way to publish your videos on the web or within a Moodle course, allowing students to discuss and interact with videos, or even record and upload their own videos.
With YuJa, every computer or smart phone becomes a recorder, where you don’t have to deal with file formats and your recordings automatically go to your space in the cloud. YuJa provides simple browser-based tools to edit recordings and control who has access to your videos. You can make and manage your videos from any location, whether in the classroom, the field, your office, the dorm, or while traveling to distant places. You can easily share and embed your recordings by email, on the web, and in Moodle courses.
Make quick, casual recordings
YuJa works with your Mac, PC, a microphone or headset, and, optionally, a webcam to give you an easy way to make, save, and publish recordings. Here are some ideas to get you started.
You can use YuJa to record quick explanations or answers to questions, either as general course resources or in response to student questions. For example, if several students are confused about something covered in a lecture, you could make and post a quick screen recording working through a problem or explanation. That way you only have to address it once, all the students get the same explanation, and students who were confused but didn’t contact you also get the benefit of the explanation.
Another possibility is to provide audio feedback on written assignments. In some instances, spoken feedback can help you to provide richer feedback with less effort. All you need is a headset and a computer with YuJa installed. YuJa records whatever is happening on your computer screen, so you can talk through documents while visually highlighting the relevant passage. Here’s an example where a teacher has used the commenting feature in a Google doc to provide rich audio feedback.
Other possibilities include introducing yourself at the beginning of a course, inviting students to make video introductions or comments, and recording student presentations.
Video for performance improvement or self assessment
Video can be a very valuable tool for studying or improving your performance, and for assessment, peer assessment or self-assessment. Possibilities include interviewing skills, presentation skills, teaching, music, drama, dance, and sports, among many others.
These days, most people have a pretty powerful recorder with them all the time…in the form of their smart phone or tablet. YuJa offers mobile apps for iOS and Android that allow you to easily make recordings and upload to YuJa, which opens up a lot of intriguing possibilities. Environmental Science students could use YuJa to document their field work. History students could document visits to historical sites. Marketing students could use YuJa as part of their survey methodology. Students across a number of disciplines could use YuJa to record interviews with working professionals on site visits. The list goes on…
And of course, St. Olaf is known for its many study abroad opportunities. YuJa and a smart phone or tablet is a natural for documenting the experience, allowing students to upload their recordings to the YuJa course site whenever they have WiFi. Once in YuJa, the class can comment on or discuss the video as part of a discussion thread.
If any of this is intriguing, or sparks other ideas, the iTech team would love to discuss it with you to help craft a solution that makes the best use of YuJa and other available technologies, and to assist you with the technical aspects of making it work. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation.