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What?

VideoLeeds is a multimedia repository for staff and students of the University of Leeds to share audio and video content with members of the University and with the public. VideoLeeds is a component of the Lecture Capture and Media Management Service which enables staff and students to create, store, manage and publish audio and video content from a single place.

 

Visit VideoLeeds at https://video.leeds.ac.uk

 
Visit the IT Web page for Frequently Asked Questions on VideoLeeds.

An example of some of the channels available on VideoLeeds.

Snapshot of some VideoLeeds channels

Listen to Professor Neil Morris introduce the benefits of using VideoLeeds.

Introduction to VideoLeeds

 

What type of content can I publish to VideoLeeds?

 

We encourage the publication of learning, teaching or research content aimed at supporting and enhancing the educational experience.

Examples might include:

 

  • Copies of or excerpts from timetabled lectures appropriate for a wider audience;
  • Public events and guest speakers;
  • Footage of visiting academics aimed at a general audience (please ensure all visiting academics have consented to the recording being publicly available and this has been agreed in writing);
  • Course trailers;
  • Promotional videos for forthcoming University of Leeds and FutureLearn courses;
  • Practical demonstration videos outlining lab techniques or unique examples of technology;
  • Animations to illustrate key concepts;
  • Specifically commissioned videos to explain concepts in a visual manner e.g. gravitational fields;
  • Live performances;
  • Excerpts of plays, musical compositions and other performance pieces (subject to licensing);
  • Student produced content;
  • Presentations, interviews or end of degree shows.

Why?

Why should I publish media to VideoLeeds?

The Lecture Capture and Media Management system already provides the facility to share videos with named individuals and with students on a module within the VLE. VideoLeeds enables staff and students to actively promote their content to a wider audience, both to University members and publicly.

There are various benefits to publishing to VideoLeeds which are listed below.

 

Publishing to VideoLeeds is easy:

  • One interface allows users to publish to VideoLeeds directly and quickly from the Lecture Capture and Media Management Mediasite platform without having to log in to a separate system.
  • Users have control over uploading, editing, publishing and updating their content without having to liaise with third parties.
    Content can be easily reviewed and edited since any published material in VideoLeeds is managed through MyMediasite so any edits are reflected across all published locations.

Content is easily searchable:

  • Using the Channels and search facility users can find content by title, description, presenter information and the use of 'tags'.

Networking opportunities:

  • Opportunities for greater networking and collaboration may arise as staff, students and researchers view content across all Channels; discovering the types of activities and research being undertaken in different Schools and Faculties.
  • Students are actively encouraged to use VideoLeeds as a platform to share their own digital content or disseminate their research.
  • Helps promote excellence in student education, research and innovation within the University to wider audiences, and sharing of resources in line with the University’s Open Education aspirations.

Security and Maintenance:

  • VideoLeeds is maintained by the Lecture Capture and Media Management Service Support Team who are on hand to keep the system up-to-date, implement changes and develop the product as outlined in phase 2 of the Blended Learning Strategy.

 

Why publish to VideoLeeds instead of other external channels like iTunesU and YouTube?

VideoLeeds offers the flexibility for staff and students to easily and quickly publish lecture capture content and other audio-video content to University members or publicly. VideoLeeds is built within the Lecture Capture and Media Management System which allows for existing content that has been created using scheduled capture or ad-hoc capture to be published easily without having to use another multimedia management system.

 

Staff who would like their content to reach a wide external audience should consider publication to the University’s YouTube channel (for content with a high promotional focus) or iTunesU (for high quality rich student education materials) in addition to VideoLeeds.  These channels are managed by the Communications team and the Digital Learning Team respectively.  A process for publishing content directly from the Lecture Capture and Media Management system to these channels will be available later in 2016.

How?

How do I log on to VideoLeeds?

 

VideoLeeds is open to the public so you do not need to log in to view any publicly available resources. You access VideoLeeds by visiting https://video.leeds.ac.uk. Some resources have restricted access to University members only and in this case staff and students will need to log in with their University username and password. Members of the public will not see resources in VideoLeeds which are restricted to University members.

 

Please visit the IT Website for step by step guides on how to navigate around VideoLeeds and how to publish material to VideoLeeds.

 

How can I publish content to the spotlight channel of VideoLeeds?

The VideoLeeds channel is actively curated to ensure content is of a consistently high quality, and our audiences are made aware of new and exciting content.

A powerful method of showcasing content is the Spotlight carousel that displays up to five videos on the VideoLeeds homepage.

All videos appearing on the Spotlight should meet one of the following criteria:

  • Showcase research
    Provide an overview of outstanding research that is accessible, relevant and of interest to a wide staff and student audience.
  • Training resources
    Offer tutorials and step-by-step guidelines for web services, eg how to embed VideoLeeds content in Jadu and WordPress.
  • Online learning
    Promote our free online courses and resources running on platforms including FutureLearn and iTunesU.
  • Publicise new upgrades or services
    Feature video summaries of upgrades to existing systems (VLE, Portal, LeedsforLife) and overviews of new services.
  • Visually striking or innovative content
    Videos with high production values that convey narrative through impactful imagery. An example of this might be a short animated trailer.

If you have produced content that meets these criteria and would like it to be featured in the Spotlight please email webcomms@leeds.ac.uk to discuss with the Channel Manager.

 

Training

The following videos provide further advice on VideoLeeds.