All Currently Released Videos by Category
Lecture Videos (Concepts and software, typically Excel. Copyrighted.)
Administrative Videos (Typically my quick answers to students' questions.)
For my video about videos, click on the link below.
Videos, Videos, and More Videos (8 minutes.)
Videos are extremely important to this course, so I put in extra effort to provide you several ways (and redundant ways) to get to my videos and additional video resources, as described below, and in my video about videos.
I use two different video players. One is used for the "Play Video" button and "video's title," and the second one is used for the "Download" button. This is because Vimeo does not yet provide a video player that provides all features. Your Internet bandwidth should be at least DSL.
When you click on a video's "Name" link or the red Play Video button, the video opens a video player in your browser. You have controls to play the video, volume, captions, speed and quality, chapters, airplay, and full-screen controls. When you click on play, a picture-in-picture icon also appears. Some of these features may depend on your browser, and what I have allowed to display for a video. I like this player most often because I love the "chapters" feature, which will enable you to jump to different points within the video. Little by little, I am adding chapters to all my videos.
When you click on the Download button, the video opens in Vimeo, which is my video-serving company. In this view, you have fewer video controls, but you do have the ability to download the video in various sizes, and the ability to download the video's transcript, or SRT file. I will describe how to use this file below in Method #4.
Since my web pages and resources are mobile-friendly, it shouldn't matter if you are using 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 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 that have been 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 transcripts (SRT). Click on the Download button, . On the lower right side of the Vimeo web page, you will see a "Download" button. You can download either the originally sized video (typically 1440x960 pixels) or a smaller sized video to suit your needs. For example, if your smartphone has limited storage capacity, download a smaller size.
Once downloaded, you do not 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 advanced features, including the ability to speed up or slow down the video easily.
One problem with downloading videos is that they do not have "captions." This is where the transcript 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 transcript 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 MS Notepad. Since this SRT file is time-coded, if you search for a word of interest, you will find exactly where this word occurs in the video.
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 my video server does not support this method. Today, there are all kinds of 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 so that I can 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.