Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Deliver Content Online

Deliver Content Online

Copyright Guidance for Virtual Classrooms

 Make Videos Based on Powerpoint Presentations

  • Easily make narrated Powerpoint lectures by using the Powerpoint built-in recording feature. You will need Powerpoint 2019 to do this; download Microsoft Office.
  • You can also use Camtasia to record Powerpoint lectures. Our Learning Technologies page has tutorials on how to use Camtasia.
  • A third option is to use Zoom videoconference to record lectures. Our Learning Technologies page has tutorials on using Zoom. Although Zoom can allow you to lecture "synchronously," i.e. your students get on Zoom at the same time you do, we recommend using Zoom "asynchronously," recording your lecture using Zoom's recording feature. Synchronous Zoom requires a strong internet connection.
  • Any way you create videos, we recommend you upload videos to Kaltura and put the link in your Blackboard course shell.

Pre-Recording Lectures with Kaltura

Cal Poly Pomona instructors can use the Kaltura Lecture Capture software to pre-record and share lectures with students.

MediaVision — our campus video production team — have created a wonderful series of introductory Kaltura video tutorials to help CPP instructors get started:

Make Videos Based on Chalkboard/Whiteboard Lectures

  • If you have a tablet (iPad, Surface Pro, etc.), there are many apps that allow you to create videos while writing and speaking. We like Doceri for iPad, and Explain Everything for Android, Chrome, or Microsoft.
  • You can use Zoom videoconference with a tablet as well, as Zoom has a whiteboard feature.
  • If you don't have a tablet, go old-school: Use a whiteboard, chalkboard, or even a flip chart to write on. Set up your smartphone on a tripod, or other support for stability, and use your phone's built-in camera or one of the many video apps available to record your lecture.
  • We recommend you upload videos to Kaltura. If you recorded your lecture with your phone, you may need to search online for information about how to do that for your particular phone.

Put Readings and Materials in Blackboard

Put Large Files on OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud storage service that is part of Microsoft Office365. Because Blackboard course shells have a limited file storage quota, we recommend you share large files with your students by uploading to OneDrive and then posting the link in Blackboard. Students can also use OneDrive to upload large assigment files.

Please do not use OneDrive to share videos with your students; instead use Kaltura, CPP's official video streaming platform.

Other Ideas for Providing Content

  • LinkedIn Learning provides high-quality videos on many topics. Students can access it with their Bronco Credentials. You can create playlists and post links to specific videos in Blackboard.
  • Khan Academy has free video content for many topics, with an emphasis on STEM.
  • MERLOT provides access to a very large library of curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools.
  • Look for relevant podcasts and radio programs.
  • Cal Poly Pomona's University Library has many digital resources that you can link to in Blackboard. Use the Library's OneSearch function to locate materials.

Interactive Teaching Online

Blackboard is your primary tool for continuing to interact with your students online, with plenty of choices:

Best Practices to Consider

  • Think about phones: Many students rely on their smartphones in the best of circumstances, and in a crisis many more students may have only smartphones available to keep up with their courses. Use mobile-friendly content formats such as PDFs, instead of posting large powerpoint files. There are many online tools that reduce the size of PDFs ( search Google for "PDF file size"). Videos take lots of data, so require them only when necessary.
  • Send an email or an announcement when you post new materials. If students aren’t used to using Blackboard for your class, you may need to remind them to check and tell them where in your Bb course shell you have put materials.
  • Keep self-made videos short, less than five minutes! Type out a script to read; it keeps you on track. Make sure that you have good light and you are in a quiet place. Don’t fret that your videos aren’t beautiful. These videos are for emergency response, not something you’ll keep forever.
  • Try to provide a variety of different kinds of content – reading, video, and audio. This will help keep your students engaged.
  • Review Copyright During the COVID-19 Pandemic (pdf) to ensure that the instructional materials you use respect intellectual property rights and federal copyright laws.


Some of the content on this page is based on Indiana University’s Keep Teaching resource.


Security and Privacy for Teaching Remotely

Kaltura's Privacy Advantage Over Youtube

Although YouTube is an easy to use and a great platform for hosting your educational videos, there are some advantages when using CPPs hosting platform, Kaltura. Take the following advantages Kaltura has over YouTube when selecting where to upload your videos:

  • Kaltura alows you to restrict your videos strictly for CPP access, YouTube does not.
  • Kaltura videos are NOT public facing and therefore are not searchable through search engines such as Google.
  • Kaltura videos are CPP managed while YouTube videos are personally managed.
  • Kaltura videos will be captioned by CPP staff where you are responsible for captioning YouTube videos yourself.

For additional information and a comparison table of Kaltura vs YouTube visit: Using Kaltura, CPP's Video Hosting Platform

Security and Privacy using Zoom

During the current crisis, you may have resorted to using Zoom as the fastest way to deliver your courses remotely, allowing you to keep your courses synchronous. With this change in delivery, you may have some questions and concerns over security, privacy, and increased surveillance.

Here are ways that Zoom is ensuring compliance with FERPA and maintaining user data private:

  • Zoom does not monitor, view, or track the video or audio content of your video meetings or webinars
  • Zoom does not share customer data with third parties
  • Zoom does not store customer data other than account information which consists of email address use for UserID, first and last name, optional company name, optional phone number and optional profile picture

To learn more of how Zoom maintains FERPA compliance read their white paper: Zoom compliance with FERPA (pdf)

Additionally, use the privacy tips on our Teaching Continuity Quickstart page: Security and Privacy for Teaching Remotely

Other Zoom security and privacy resources: