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Liam Moran

Liam Moran produces curricular digital media and manages the servers to store, process, and deliver it at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign.

Articles for Liam Moran

Educators Need Resources That Simulate the Digital Divide

With more learning materials going online, educators need to be sure all their students have access. Learn about programs that show the limits of poor-quality networks.

5 Best Practices for Using a Lightboard in Instructional Videos

Lightboards are great resources for online video learning, and they can be built for under $200. Here are five tips for getting impressive results every time.

Instructional Video in the Academy: In the Can or On-the-Fly?

The use of both asynchronous and synchronous video by colleges and universities has skyrocketed. But which approach is better for learning?

YouTube's Do-it-Yourself Videos Show the Best Teachers Are Online

There are plusses and minuses to having instant access to a world of knowledge, but YouTube's do-it-yourself repair videos are a godsend for technical education.

What Teachers Need to Know When Upgrading an Instructional Camera

For teachers, the most important feature is versatility—a sneaky way of saying the most important feature is having as many features as can be packed into the camera before rendering it uncontrollable.

The Caliper Framework Fills a Need for Classroom Video Analytics

Video learning systems are taking off in schools, but teachers have so far lacked a way to bring that data into their learning management systems. Enter Caliper.

Online Educators Enjoy Generous Copyright Exemptions for Video

Schools are covered by different copyright measures than the mass public, making it easy for streaming classrooms to get around access controls.

Today's Teachers Need to Learn to Perform in Front of a Camera

Teaching is a performance, but when teachers have to perform to a camera rather than a roomful of students, that performance can go awry.

Interactive Tools Make Classroom Video More Active Than Passive

New offerings from both young and established companies let educators create elaborate personalized videos, and students learn in a more natural way.

Looking to Improve Educational Video? First Improve the Audio

When schools go shopping for video production hardware, they should make audio quality a priority. Here's what to look for when buying new mics.

Educators, Prepare With This Supply List for Teaching With Video

Bringing video into the classroom doesn't have to be expensive. Read this helpful list to discover the seven basic items every classroom should have.

Writing Text for Video: Did Someone Say 'Autumn Aided Cap Shins'?

Maybe, but they probably said "automated captions." Creating reliable captions is a challenge, but educational video has a desperate need for it.

Find a Place for Live Video and Audio Streaming in the Classroom

Today's students grow up in a conflict-free echo chamber created by on-demand entertainment. Live streaming is a place for diverse opinions to come through.

Educators Need Better Video Analytics to Measure Learning

Measuring quality of service is big business in the streaming video world, but educational video metrics lag far behind. Part of the reason is that educators need completely different metrics.

3 Tips for Educators Getting Started With Video Lectures

Recording classroom lectures offers a host of benefits over delivering them live. Here's how instructors can ensure they get the best results.

Educators in a Hurry to Find a Video Solution for Blind Students

Starting in January, educational and training videos will need to be accessible to the blind, but audio descriptions are difficult to create. Is there a better option?

What Educational Video Producers Can Learn From Moneyball

Breaking out of conventional ways of thinking could pay big dividends for educational video production. Where is the art in today's classroom video?

More Than Enough Is Too Much: Educational Video Is Overused

Creating educational videos is easy—too easy—and that's a problem. To best reach students, educators need to diversify their presentation tools.

Colleges Need to Safeguard Video in a Standards-Based World

As more colleges and universities invest in video lessons, they're challenged to keep that content secure. Here's the strategy that makes the grade right now.

Shooting 4K Video in the Classroom: What's the Big Hurry?

For educational video, some choose to shoot in 4k so they can zoom and enhance in post, but stream in mobile-friendly 720p. However, there's no reason to rush to 4K just yet.

The State of Education Video 2017

Smaller companies are moving out, and big companies are muscling into their old space. Look for monolithic learning management systems to give way to more agile solutions.