All Currently Released Videos, by Category
Lecture Videos (Concepts and software, typically Excel. Copyrighted.)
Administrative Videos (Typically, my quick answers to students' questions.)
Reinforcement (In Class) Videos (Mimics my "in-class" lectures, where we do more "problems." Copyrighted.)
Tableau (Optional) Videos (Some students wish to learn Tableau. This is "bonus" content and not officially a course objective. Copyrighted.)
For my video about videos, click on the link below.
Videos, Videos, and More Videos (7 minutes)
Videos are essential to this course, so I provide you with several ways (and redundant ways) to view them, as described below and in my video about videos.
I host my videos on Vimeo, and I typically provide you three links: A name link, a Download button, and a Captions button, as illustrated above.
- Clicking on the red-underlined "Name" link opens a web page with a video player in your browser. You have features to play the video, control volume, captions, speed and quality, chapters, airplay, and full-screen controls. Some features may depend on your browser. I like this player most, especially the "chapters" feature, which lets you jump to different points within the video.
- Clicking on the blue "Download" button will allow you to download the video to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can choose among different sizes.
- Clicking on the grey "Caption" button will allow you to download the video's caption, or SRT, file.
Since my web pages and resources are mobile-friendly, it shouldn't matter if you use a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Please let me know if a video is ever not working.
I copyright most of my videos. You are welcome to use them for your education, but cannot use them in your own business for profit or give them away to other students or organizations without my permission.
There are four general ways to get videos. They are:
1) Click on a link at the topmost section of this web page.
2) Click on the video link on the chapter Resources web page on Moodle.
3) Click on the video link in Moodle's right-side column.
4) Download them and then play them from your computer or mobile device.
Regardless of the method you use, the videos are always the exact same videos.
The links provide course videos by video category. Clicking on each link provides a web page that presents a list of all videos I have provided to date, sorted by week and chapter, and allows you to play or download any video. The list of videos on each web page grows as the course progresses. Some students like to bookmark these web pages in their browser. I also provided these links in a single block on the lower-right side of Moodle.
I will always provide links to the videos for each chapter within the appropriate topic's "Resources" web page.
This method is a very convenient way to view videos, in context.
In Moodle's right column (or on the bottom if you are using a smartphone), there is a block for each category of videos. These blocks show the last dozen videos I have released within a video category. You will not have the ability to download from this link.
Having these videos shown on the course's main homepage is often a quick way to get to a particular video. However, you don't see them "in context" as you do on the Resources web page in Method #2.
You can download all videos and captions (SRT) files. Click on the Download button, and pick your preferred video size. The original size is usually 1440x960 pixels. Once downloaded, you no longer need to be on the Internet to play them. You can use your favorite video player, which might have more features than your browser's video player, to play this video and manage it. My videos are MP4 files encoded with H.264, and most video players can play them. In my case, I currently like the Elmedia Player on my Mac because of its features, including the ability to speed up or slow down the video easily.
One problem downloading videos is that they do not have "captions." This is where the caption SRT file can help. Download this SRT file, and then use your favorite video player that supports caption files to add it. Many modern video players have this capability, like Elmedia or VLC. Yes, this gets slightly "technical," so you might need to experiment and do some Google searching.
The caption SRT file might also be handy if you simply want to read it, like a transcript. This SRT file is a simple "text" file that you can open with any text editor, even Microsoft's Notepad. Since this SRT file is time-coded, you can find exactly where any word occurs in the video if you search for the word of interest.
Many years ago, the only way to get videos to your mobile device, such as an iPod, was with a podcast technique. Although I loved this technique, it has become slightly outdated, and Vimeo does not support this method. Today, there are many ways of moving videos around and playing them on your devices. For example, I sometimes will download my videos and transfer them to my iPhone to play them while traveling. Often you have nothing better to do while traveling, so why not study? Videos "on the go" for mobile education! Give it a try. Experiment! Let me know (via a post on Moodle) what is working well for you.
As a student, you are welcome to download every video for this course and archive them for future reference.