Record Lectures and Virtual Classrooms

Record your presentations/lectures: (Asynchronous)

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a video conferencing tool that you can also use to record lectures. See below for its use as a virtual classroom.

SnagIt is a paid screen recording tool which CUNY is working on launching a site licence for, stay tuned for information how to get a paid for account. In the meantime, Snagit has a free trial which lasts 15 days Go here to download the trial, and we will update this page on how to apply the CUNY licence once we have it. Snagit allows you to record your screen and PowerPoint presentation, sharing sound and visual resources. Videos can then be shared to your students through Google Drive (which has unlimited storage for Queens College).

Screencast-o-matic is a subscription-based online screen recording platform. With a free subscription you can create a 15-minute video and do some basic editing.

Zoom can be used to record lectures/presentations during a meeting with or without attendees.

Windows/Mac only Solutions

PowerPoint: Create a video from your PowerPoint file (Windows only) and upload it to your QC G Suite Drive. Mac versions do not have this option. If you’re a Mac user you may want to try QuickTime Player, Snagit, or Screencast-o-matic.

QuickTime Player (Mac only) can create video/screen/audio recordings and has basic editing features.


Create a Virtual Classroom: (Synchronous)

You can create a virtual classroom for your students to join synchronously. This is useful if your class uses a lot of real-time discussions, sharing of multimedia resources that will be discussed, and synchronous discussion or group work.

Click here for Virtual Classroom Best Practices

Note: Synchronous virtual classrooms require high speed connections from all participants. If you worry about that being an issue, consider an asynchronous option.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a a video conferencing and virtual classroom tool that exists within your Blackboard Course. It allows you to share Powerpoints and resources with your students, host small group discussions, and conduct polls. For best results and access to all features- you must use Google Chrome web browser

For a hands on workshop, please attend our Just in Time Teaching Online Workshops.

Getting Started: Finding your way around, setting up audio and video

Schedule Collaborate Ultra Sessions: Set up new sessions, Edit availability

Share Content: Share Powerpoint slides, the Virtual Whiteboard, your screen

Manage Attendees: Understanding the different roles, handling "Hand raising", allowing a student to speak.

Breakout groups: Setting up the groups, using the timer to remind of time remaining.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra allows students to automatically be assigned to break-out groups” within the same Collaborate Session. Essentially, the students attending the collaborate session are split into groups of a specific size (as determined by the professor) within the Collaborate session. This gives each group more ability to discuss topics at hand to a greater degree than they could in the larger online environment. After a set amount of time determined by the instructor, students are returned to the main room. This can be done in conjunction with a Google Slides presentation where each student group works on a slide in a collaboratively shared document.

Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conferencing tool that can also be used to meet with your students. An important distinction is unlike Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the professors do not have the degree of moderating control. Therefore, we do not recommend Google Meet as a Virtual Classroom tool for large classes.

Checking Audio and Video Requirements- Testing the system and making sure you can support a Google Meet

Start a Google Meet

Invite your students

Customize video meetings

Share resources in a video meeting

  • Students can also work collaboratively on a Google Slides presentation while in a Google Meet session. However, Google Meet doesn’t have the break-out group feature.