KOOCs: Tools and platforms beyond KEATS

Following the blog posts written by Elena Hernandez-Martin, who led the team of developers for the KOOCs work (Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 1) and Ready, steady… KOOC (Part 2)), in this blog post, I want  to talk a bit more about the other tools and platforms that were used in the process of developing the KOOCs.

One of the first decisions that was made, was that it made sense that the KOOCs would be hosted on KEATS which is the University’s learning management service (based on Moodle) as both students and academics are familiar with this platform. On the other hand, KEATS is not designed to cater for some specific needs that were essential to the KOOCs’ design (e.g. hosting videos, sharing files, video streaming). Moreover, there were some additional requirements to the project (e.g. access to high quality images, custom webpage design) for which we had to look for some external tools and platforms to use.

KEATS and toolsSo here I will give you a few more details about all the tools and platforms that were used for the KOOC project, along with the reasons why they were selected and the purpose they served. Continue reading

How to make a long video navigable

When a video is very long, sometimes viewers are not interested in watching all of it. Instead they want to jump to that point in the video that is more interesting to them. Also, viewers revisiting a video are just interested in re-watching certain parts of it and not the whole thing. So it would be convenient if there was a way to create “a table of contents” for the video to make it easier for viewers to navigate from chapter to chapter by just clicking on the chapter title.

In this post, I will describe 2 different methods of how to make long videos navigable. The 2 navigation methods can be used either combined or independently. Continue reading