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We are implementing ePortolios on a trial basis for our first year students and one of the items that we want the students to include is a 20 minute video presentation.

The videos will have to be housed somewhere off campus so that when the students leave and take their ePortfolios with them, they will have access to the 20 minute video in their ePortfolio.  Our students don't have access to college network resources when they leave aside from their e-mail accounts that stay with them for a year after graduation.

We just tried testing using a personal Yahoo account as an option, but marking them private doesn't work and we don't feel that asking students to have them stay public is a good path to follow.

Our test video was compressed from its original AVI format to an MP4 format going down to 110MB in size, which will definitely add up once the whole freshman class starts doing these videos.

Is anyone doing this at their institution in a way that works for them?  I'd be interested in your feedback on this.

Any ideas on this will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Ron
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Ron Loneker, Jr.
Director of Media Services
College of Saint Elizabeth
Mahoney Library
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ  07960

Phone:  973-290-4229

FAX:  973-290-4246

e-mail:  rloneker@cse.edu



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Perhaps have them setup individual YouTube accounts and upload their videos there? The could upload them so only people with the URL could view them and redistribute easily via blogs, etc. . . Nick ________________________________________
Message from mrammar.m@gmail.com

Hi,
Google Apps for education is the way to go. You can use Google Sites as an eportfolio platform. Students can use their Google Apps account to upload videos to YouTube. When students leave school you can leave their accounts active or they can transfer data to another gmail.
Ammar Merhbi

On Sep 26, 2012 10:04 PM, "Ronald Loneker" <rloneker@cse.edu> wrote:
Good Afternoon All -

We are implementing ePortolios on a trial basis for our first year students and one of the items that we want the students to include is a 20 minute video presentation.

The videos will have to be housed somewhere off campus so that when the students leave and take their ePortfolios with them, they will have access to the 20 minute video in their ePortfolio.  Our students don't have access to college network resources when they leave aside from their e-mail accounts that stay with them for a year after graduation.

We just tried testing using a personal Yahoo account as an option, but marking them private doesn't work and we don't feel that asking students to have them stay public is a good path to follow.

Our test video was compressed from its original AVI format to an MP4 format going down to 110MB in size, which will definitely add up once the whole freshman class starts doing these videos.

Is anyone doing this at their institution in a way that works for them?  I'd be interested in your feedback on this.

Any ideas on this will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Ron
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Ron Loneker, Jr.
Director of Media Services
College of Saint Elizabeth
Mahoney Library
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ  07960

Phone:  973-290-4229

FAX:  973-290-4246

e-mail:  rloneker@cse.edu



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Check into www.Foliotek.com  Great Eportfolio program!  They don't host video but they enable one to embed a YouTube video onto a page.  
I ask why so much emphasis on a 20 minute video?  Eportfolios can be so much more powerful than that!  I also suggest you re-think 20 minutes.  I don't know too many employers who would watch a 20 minute video on a candidate, especially a young college graduate.  I would suggest maxing out at 5 minutes.
~Jim

Hi Ron,

(Full disclosure: I'm a co-founder of Digication)

I believe you are using Digication for the pilot. We just rolled out a new video upload feature that will allow you to upload videos up to 1GB in size. Uploaded files will be private unless your students decided to share their portfolios publicly. We will also automatically encode your videos for web viewing. Let me know off line if you want some one on one help. 

Best,
Jeff

Jeffrey Yan
Co-Founder & CEO
T 888.342.DIGI x308
twitter.Com/jeffreyyan


On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Ronald Loneker wrote:
Good Afternoon All -

We are implementing ePortolios on a trial basis for our first year students and one of the items that we want the students to include is a 20 minute video presentation.

The videos will have to be housed somewhere off campus so that when the students leave and take their ePortfolios with them, they will have access to the 20 minute video in their ePortfolio.  Our students don't have access to college network resources when they leave aside from their e-mail accounts that stay with them for a year after graduation.

We just tried testing using a personal Yahoo account as an option, but marking them private doesn't work and we don't feel that asking students to have them stay public is a good path to follow.

Our test video was compressed from its original AVI format to an MP4 format going down to 110MB in size, which will definitely add up once the whole freshman class starts doing these videos.

Is anyone doing this at their institution in a way that works for them?  I'd be interested in your feedback on this.

Any ideas on this will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Ron
-----------------------------------
Ron Loneker, Jr.
Director of Media Services
College of Saint Elizabeth
Mahoney Library
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ  07960

Phone:  973-290-4229

FAX:  973-290-4246

e-mail:  rloneker@cse.edu



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Hi Ron, That's quite a long video in the context of third-party web services. One key part of the question will be if you're looking for a solution with a player to make use of embedding or would be able to work with with linking. For context, we are testing locally hosted Kaltura for course-related content and which we can embed in our Desire 2 Learn LMS/ ePortfolio. There are others on campus using Foliotek for similar purposes. In terms of web services, although Youtube seems to have increased support for longer videos http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=71673 there are a number of restrictions on that usage which users may or may not have concerns about. AFAIK Vimeo still allows longer videos by default but I've not checked recently. If a link only option might be possible, have you considered suggesting students use something like Google Drive/ Skydrive/ Dropbox? Kind regards, John -- R. John Robertson ePortfolio and Online Learning Support Learning Technologies University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 920-424-0487 Twitter: @kavubob Skype: rjohnrobertson

Hey Ron,

 

How about Vimeo? (http://www.vimeo.com ) We are using them for our website videos and so far that has worked well. They can make them public or they could also just make them available via a link and embed them into their page. They provide a decent amount of space for free (though we are using their “Pro” version).

 

Sincerely,

 

Alan

 

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J. Alan Schrock

Director of Information Technology, Library, and Academic Services

European Nazarene College

Junkerstrasse 68-70

78266 Büsingen

Germany

Email: aschrock@eunc.edu

Office (U.S. Number): (309) 833-1908

Skype: schrock_office

 

Message from geoff@chalkandwire.com

Hi Ron, Rob and Alan (Also in the interests of full disclosure, I am the founder of Chalk & Wire and I am replying to three people here specifically as I do not want to mix commerce with collegial discussion). We provide a full featured ePortfolio authoring tool that includes the import, conversion, compression and embedded playback of both Flash and High Definition video. The upload limit is a GB (which in and of itself is an "anti-social" sized file to be be pushing around your own network let alone the Web) as well BUT, and here is the catch, the issue is not how big is the video or the upload limit, but how much space will the service allot for the secure storage and secure sharing/assessment of the video files (we provide all the tools to annotate the video as well) and all the other files that a student portfolio comprises. In our case the size of the space provided is unlimited. That is not the norm in this sector. If you would like more information about what we do I would be pleased to chat with you. @Robert, I note you are at Oshkosh. You likely do not know that you already have a another solution for embedded video, storage, ePortfolios and assessment/feedback and have had since 2006. It is actually us. The university still has its own Chalk & Wire site which we have updated with each new release since we first appeared during an early pilot on Campus. So far as I know you still have accounts dating back to the original pilot many years ago that are available for use. If you would like to find our more about the tools which not only include ePortfolios but also collaborative spaces for students to work in and a lot of analytics and tracking/reporting tools (The suite is an RIA that works on computers and Smart Devices ike iPads). We are also IMS Certified (as is D2L); so technically if they are serious about inter-operability we could appear in any number of ways in that LMS. If anyone has questions about how we might help please just contact me directly at geoff@chalkandwire.com Best, Geoff On Sep 26, 2012, at 4:15 PM, Robert Robertson wrote: > Hi Ron, > > That's quite a long video in the context of third-party web services. > One key part of the question will be if you're looking for a solution > with a player to make use of embedding or would be able to work with > with linking. > > For context, we are testing locally hosted Kaltura for course-related > content and which we can embed in our Desire 2 Learn LMS/ ePortfolio. > There are others on campus using Foliotek for similar purposes. > > In terms of web services, although Youtube seems to have increased > support for longer videos > http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=71673 > there are a number of restrictions on that usage which users may or > may not have concerns about. > > AFAIK Vimeo still allows longer videos by default but I've not checked recently. > > If a link only option might be possible, have you considered > suggesting students use something like Google Drive/ Skydrive/ > Dropbox? > > Kind regards, > John > > > -- > > R. John Robertson > ePortfolio and Online Learning Support > Learning Technologies > University of Wisconsin Oshkosh > 920-424-0487 > Twitter: @kavubob > Skype: rjohnrobertson > >
Message from vjones@ferrum.edu

We use Google apps also and it makes it easier as all their information is stored in one place.  They keep their information when they leave and can upload documents, photos, and YouTubes into their ePortfolio site.


Virginia R. Jones, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Adult Education Programs, Online Learning,
and Learning Architecture
P O Box 1000
150 Wiley Drive
Ferrum, VA  24088
phone 540-365-4428
fax 540-365-4423
cell 434-579-5174
ePortfolio: http://virginiajones.weebly.com









Hello.
 
Just though I would add another suggestion to the pot. Screencast.com might be a pretty nice solution. Users get 2GB for free and there is some flexibility on privacy, file types, sharing, and customization.
 
Thanks.

 
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
(Galatians 6: 4-5 MSG)
 
Joel Nelson
Multimedia Web Developer
Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning
Columbus State Community College
614-287-5666 
>>> Ronald Loneker <rloneker@CSE.EDU> 9/26/2012 3:03 PM >>>
Good Afternoon All -

We are implementing ePortolios on a trial basis for our first year students and one of the items that we want the students to include is a 20 minute video presentation.

The videos will have to be housed somewhere off campus so that when the students leave and take their ePortfolios with them, they will have access to the 20 minute video in their ePortfolio. Our students don't have access to college network resources when they leave aside from their e-mail accounts that stay with them for a year after graduation.

We just tried testing using a personal Yahoo account as an option, but marking them private doesn't work and we don't feel that asking students to have them stay public is a good path to follow.

Our test video was compressed from its original AVI format to an MP4 format going down to 110MB in size, which will definitely add up once the whole freshman class starts doing these videos.

Is anyone doing this at their institution in a way that works for them? I'd be interested in your feedback on this.

Any ideas on this will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Ron
-----------------------------------
Ron Loneker, Jr.
Director of Media Services
College of Saint Elizabeth
Mahoney Library
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Phone: 973-290-4229

FAX: 973-290-4246

e-mail: rloneker@cse.edu



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Check out http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ too. I apologize if someone has already mentioned this.

+++++++++++++++++++
Dr. James D. (Jim) Dvorak, Ph.D.
Director, North Institute for Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning
Instructor of Biblical Greek and New Testament
Oklahoma Christian University
http://ni.oc.edu




(Full disclosure, I am a co-founder at Digication)

Obviously, e-Portfolios are used for many purposes. But for schools who are using e-Portfolios for programmatic / institutional assessment, you should keep in mind that videos (or any content) that is stored in a system that you may loose control in the future may be problematic in the long term. Consider this:
  • students include embedded videos on their e-Portfolios today
  • 2 years from now, you would like to perform assessment on these e-Portfolios
  • you may not have access to those embedded videos anymore
Our solution is:
  • students upload videos directly to their e-Portfolios and submit them to the school
  • automatically create snapshot versions of the e-Portfolios, therefore if student changes the portfolio or leaves the school, there is still a permanent record at the time of submissions
  • 2 years from now, student decides to change their e-Portfolios or take their portfolios with them when they leave
  • school still has the permanent record for assessment, and the record is time-stamped
I would love to hear about how other schools have address this issue. We also have many students embedding videos (and all kinds of other content). During assessment time, we automatically point out which items are embedded, so that the reviewers can take into account that such content could have been changed or deleted over time. This is less ideal, but in some cases, it's our only option.

Best,
Jeff

Jeffrey Yan
Co-Founder & CEO
Digication
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