This guide provides an overview of to administer OpenCast within your Quercus course, throughout your course's life cycle. OpenCast is a lecture capture system implemented by the Office of Learning Space Management (LSM) and is currently installed in classrooms with full teaching podiums (see if your classroom has OpenCast using LSM's Instructor Portal).
OpenCast records your live sessions in a classroom automatically (based on your course schedule and it requires opt in). It ONLY captures your digital display (e.g. content projecting on the display, through the teaching podium) and your audio feed (please use the in room microphone for best quality audio). See our feature overview of OpenCast.
Before starting, ensure that OpenCast is the right lecture capture solution for you (see the ETO's overview of in class lecture capture solutions). Then, you can make sure that you've configured it according to your preferences, and finally, when your course concludes, confirm that you've securely archived your recordings for future use.
How to administer OpenCast in Quercus
- Decide if OpenCast the right lecture capture solution for you
- Configure the OpenCast app(s) in your Quercus course
- Select your recording preferences
- Share your recording with your course (via OpenCast student app)
- Post an announcement
- Archive your recordings (Optional; recommended at end of term)
Have OpenCast questions? If you have any questions about OpenCast, please email [email protected]
1. Is OpenCast the right lecture capture solution for you?
If you are teaching in a classroom with a full teaching podium (manged by LSM) and you typically teach using digitally shared content (e.g. slides, tablet, other applications), then OpenCast is the ideal solution for you.
OpenCast does not replace synchronous webinar tools (e.g. Zoom, MS Teams); it creates a recording of your session but does not broadcast or stream your content live.
OpenCast does not record video via a camera in your classroom; if you teach using non-digital means (e.g. chalkboard, demonstrations) and do not use the podium computer, there will only be audio captured from your session.
For additional Lecture Capture recording options, see the ETO's review of in person lecture capture solutions. If your teaching style is non-digital (e.g. chalkboard, demonstrations), we encourage you to review and consider the FASE Lecture Capture Program.
1.1. Overview of OpenCast Features
2. Configure the OpenCast app(s) in your Quercus course
Once per term, you will:
- Enable the OpenCast App in Quercus
- Opt in for the OpenCast recording service
By opting into the application, your class sessions will be recorded automatically via the podium computer in your classroom. If you move spaces, or cancel the class, you will want to ensure you've planned for alternate capture. You can also pause your recording schedule in the OpenCast App in Quercus.
3. Select your recording preferences
As an instructor, you will want to make sure your OpenCast is set up according to your preferences. You might review how to:
- Enable auto-captions for your recorded content [Documentation coming soon!] (Please note: This feature is part of a LSM/FASE Pilot Project for the upcoming term).
- Enable auto-capture all your scheduled class sessions [Documentation coming soon!]
- Enable auto-publish the recordings to your course [Documentation coming soon!]
- Skip a session if you do not want it to be recorded [Documentation coming soon!]
- Pause a live recording (in the classroom) [Documentation coming soon!]
- Edit/Trim a video before publishing [Documentation coming soon!]
4. Share your recording with your course through the OpenCast Student Application
Up to this point, you've spent your time in the Instructor OpenCast app, configuring your settings. Students do not see this part of the application; instead, they watch the content via the OpenCast Student App (which also has to be enabled).
- How to enable Opencast Student App in Quercus (note that enabling the OCCS instructor and student apps is the same; you might choose to do both at the same time, or wait until you have your first recording ready before enabling the student app).
5. Post an announcement
Tell your students you're using lecture capture! A quick explanation of where to find the videos will also be helpful. We've had semesters where students didn't discover lecture capture until the end, simply because they didn't know about it.
- Post an announcement (see how do I add an announcement in a course?) in your course (or include it in your start of term housekeeping) explaining how you will be using lecture capture and your expectations how it will be used (e.g. supplemental review versus missing class). If you expect students to still attend class, it helps to be clear in these expectations from the beginning.
6. Archive your recordings (end of term)
OpenCast will store your recordings for the term; if you would like to keep or re-use the recordings, you will need to download them and save them for your use. If you do not plan to re-use the content, then you are not required to download; they will simply be deleted according to the OpenCast retention policy.
Why archive (save) your video content?
- Personal use/review: To safely archive your videos for personal use, you could save them on your OneDrive. When revising the course for future iterations, this content can be helpful to remind you of what was previously done.
- Sharing to students/others: To safely archive your video for sharing, we recommend downloading them from OpenCast and uploading them to a video hosting service (e.g. MyMedia, MS Stream). Make sure you grab that caption file, too!
Want to edit your videos? If you'd like support to edit/trim your videos (highly recommended if students appear in your recordings), please submit a remote editing service inquiry to get started. We offer this service based on capacity; request early to ensure that we can help!