For recorded lectures and presentations, some colleagues prefer to create narrated PowerPoint files.
You can include your webcam video in these types of recordings, this helps students to see you and your passion for your subject and helps to build a connection with your audience.
I received a ticket with a query about whether the background of the video could be blurred. I found that using the same technique I outlined for Collaborate works with PowerPoint recordings.
Use in PowerPoint
- First, open Snap Camera and choose a background.
- Open PowerPoint and start recording.
- Go to settings at the top right and expand Camera and select Snap Camera.
Now when you are recording yourself, your chosen alternate background appears behind you:
Uploading to Blackboard
Narrated PowerPoint files can get seriously large and will usually not be suitable to host directly in Blackboard. Instead, export the recording as an MP4 file and then upload the MP4 file to the Recorded Sessions section of your Blackboard course.