This post is a follow-up to a previous post on Ohio State University’s online resources. The previous post focused on resources available through the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). This post will focus on resources available through The Office of Distance Education and E-Learning (ODEE). 

As classes and meetings migrate online, people across campus are operating from the University’s two main online collaboration tools, CarmenZoom and CarmenCanvas. These tools are operated and managed by The Office of Distance Education and E-learning (ODEE).  ODEE has a support page for CarmenZoom and a support page for CarmenCanvas. Navigate to the support pages to view video guides, submit service tickets, or directly contact ODEE IT support. There are amazing resources available for these two services, and as the backbone of Ohio State online operations for both student, staff, and faculty alike, I encourage everyone to become familiar with them as they continue through the semester.

Online Recording and Video Hosting

With an increasing number of lectures and meetings being hosted online, there is a unique opportunity to make lecture capture easier than ever. Through ODEE’s Mediasite Desktop Recorder you can make a recording of anything on your screen including your general desktop, videos, or meetings through other applications.

While CarmenZoom also offers a recording feature, recordings through that service are only available in cloud storage for 180 days before automatic deletion. You can download the files before the end date, but this make keeping a large archive of lecture recordings more difficult. However, Mediasite offers video hosting as well as recording, meaning that the videos you record are stored on the site indefinitely, and  you can share the videos with others through an easy sharable link.

For those who love the recording options of CarmenZoom but are also interested in the video hosting ability of Mediasite, there is now the option to combine the two. Videos recorded and downloaded from Carmenzoom can be reuploaded into Mediasite for hosting or archive purposes. This is also true for any video file from another source such as a camera or movie file.

You can explore more options of Mediasite on ODEE’s support page.

Additional Resources

For everyone unused to teaching/learning in a remote capacity, I recommend that you take an in-depth look at the additional services and resources that ODEE offers for online instruction. Below I have provided a quick summery of some of the more popular services

Online Course Design: ODEE has experts in digital learning and host many articles and guides that can help instructors make their content more suited to the online environment. 

Secured Media Library: Available to faculty is ODEE’s Secured Media Library. Through this service, instructors can assign various movies, documentaries, and other media to their students free of charge. With physical class time suspended for the remainder of the semester, it has become even more difficult to show video resources in class. For faculty interested in providing this service to students, please see the resource guide.

Digital Books: Aligned with Ohio State’s Digital Flagship, ODEE has started a program called Book Launch to allow instructors the ability to create interactive online textbooks that can be provided to students. 

Examsoft: Finals week is approaching, and ODEE provides instructors extensive exam creation and delivery services through the software Examsoft. Everything from initial creation to final grading can be done entirely online and is a powerful resource to consider in remote learning. 

Top Hat: Top Hat is a 3rd party software provided through ODEE which allows instructors to provide an interactive lecture experience to their students. Everything from attendance tracking, lecture updates, question polls, student discussions, and general CarmenCanvas integration can be done through the service. This is a powerful tool that had its uses with in person classes, but is now extremely beneficial for faculty hosting online courses. Visit the online resource page for more information on the software, and how to integrate it into your course. 

Written by Brian Frueh, Research Commons IT Specialist