Archive for September, 2011

My, what big files you have! (revisited)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

It’s that time of year when we want to remind you to implement some basic file size optimization methods since CFCC pays for Blackboard disk space and also to enable students to more easily view and/or download items.

Large files can be prohibitive to students who do not have high speed connections. Also, Blackboard is not a streaming server so any audio or video files must first download to the user’s computer before it will play. This can take a considerable amount of time.

Here are a few ways you can keep file size and storage space down:

  • VIDEOS:
    • Stream from the source: Do not store audio/video files in Blackboard. Instead, stream them from the source (such as NCLive).
    • Stream from YouTube: If you record short lectures or instructional videos or audio, stream them from YouTube (you have an account attached to your CFCC Gmail). You can make videos public or only accessible to people who have a link.
      You might consider attending a Lecture Recording on a Budget workshop offered later this month. See the DL Training Schedule for more information.
    • Stream from iTunesU: We also have iTunesU available for Podcasting, though this has proven to be a bit cumbersome.
  • DOCUMENTS:
    • Compress Images: The file size of documents is significantly increased when uncompressed images are included. There are ways to compress the images in Microsoft documents and in PDF files. Optimizing Files will take you through file optimization for MS Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro. You will learn how to compress images to significantly reduce the size of your files.
    • Use the Cloud: All CFCC employees have access to Google Apps and Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. This type of storage will not suit all of your needs, but it is a viable option for some types of activities.  Visit the LRC Instructional Technology page for information on how to use these tools to store documents online and to share with others.

If you have any questions about these issues, please feel free to contact me:

Liz Stover
X7722
lstover@cfcc.edu

Updates and Reminders

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I have updated the list of known issues and suggested solutions for Blackboard:
View current list of known issues (pdf).

The September DL training schedule has been posted.
View DL Professional Development page.