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Speaker 1: OTAN, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.

Melinda Holt: Hello, everyone. I'm Melinda Holt. I'm a Project Specialist for OTAN, the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network. I will be your host for this OTAN Tech Talk. The title for this OTT is Edit, Save, and Play. How to Create Interactive Videos. Your presenter today is Susie Semerdzhyan from Glendale Community College. Susie, take it away.

Susanna Semerdzhyan: Hello, everyone. Today I'm going to be talking about how to create interactive videos and how to exactly edit the video, save it, and play it for your students. Just a fun fact, this tool is one of my favorites because of how easy it is to use. It's not a big technology thing for our students to learn how to do.

So just a little bit about myself. My name is Susanna Semerdzhyan. And I am an ESL Instructor in the non-credit ESL division at Glendale Community College. I'm also the Technology Coordinator.

So today I'm going to be talking about PlayPosit. And just a really fun fact, I used PlayPosit during my interview for this technology position, so I really enjoy using it in my class. And I think it'll be a great tool that you can incorporate in your classrooms as well.

What I'm first going to do is I'm going to give you an overview of what PlayPosit is like. And then I'll give you an example so that you can experience it from a student's point of view. Then I'll go ahead and show you how to create questions and how to create a PlayPosit video. And then, finally, I will show you a little bit about Canvas, and how you can incorporate this on Canvas.

So just a little bit overview of PlayPosit. PlayPosit is a tool where you can make interactive videos, as I said. And it's a free resource that you can use through the CCC, TechConnect, PlayPosit license. So if you work for a community college, this resource is free for you. If you don't, you can still use PlayPosit. They have a free account. You can't-- you just can't connect it to Canvas.

So if you want to get started with PlayPosit, the first thing you need to do is you need to create an account on PlayPosit. After you do that, you can start creating what they call bulbs. So their videos are actually called bulbs. And I'll show you guys that when we go to the portion where we go over how to create a video-- how to edit and create the video.

And like I said, you can use PlayPosit in-person. So if you just simply want to show it to your students in class, you can do that. The students are-- can simply just watch it and answer questions that you have.

You can use it on Zoom. Similarly you can show the video on Zoom, and have your students answer the questions that you have. Or you can embed it in Canvas so that your students do it as an assignment.

So, obviously, doing it in-person or on Zoom requires less technology from the students' point of view. But if you're incorporating it on Canvas, you'll have to explain to students how to do certain-- how to complete the assignment, basically.

So that's just an overview of what PlayPosit is like. So the second thing that I want to do is I want to show you an example of what it looks like from the student's point of view. So we're just going to watch an example of a PlayPosit video based on a video that I just created myself. I got a video, and I edited it.

So I'm going to go over here. And I have a few videos. This is one folder that I have. I'm first going to show you this video. And on PlayPosit what you can do is before you assign it to your students, you can go to this kebab and you can click over here.

And you can click on Preview so that you can see exactly what your students are going to experience before you assign it to them. So I'm going to go to Preview. And this is the video. I'm going to start playing the video.

Desi Lydic: I've been trying to understand the male experience better by acting like a man. Like--

Susanna Semerdzhyan: As you can see, a question popped up over here. What are some stereotypical things that men do? And I just-- you can incorporate a picture, and you can also have audio recording. What are some stereotypical things that men do?

And then the student can answer over here. The student can add emojis. The student can record themselves. And all these different options that they can do. For the purposes of showing you guys this, I'm just going to not really write an answer but I'm just going to write that, and then click on Submit so that we can continue watching the video.

Desi Lydic: Like I've been getting paid more for no reason.

[audience laughing]

I have three friends named Kyle.

[audience laughing]

I'm talking a lot about Bitcoin even though I don't know anything about Bitcoin.

[audience laughing]

Trevor Noah: Wow, Desi, it sounds like you're really--

Desi Lydic: I've been interrupting people more.

[audience laughing]

Getting really good at that.

[audience cheering]

Susanna Semerdzhyan: And then the next question pops up. As you can see, as I was showing the video, there are these dots right over here. And for every dot, there is a question.

The first question that I showed you was an open-ended question. So it's like a short answer that a student can write. The second question that I put is a multiple choice question. And, again, you can put an audio-- you can incorporate audio for your question. You can highlight the words, make them bold, italicize them.

So I'm going to play it for you so you guys can see it again. What does that refer to when she says, I've been getting really good at that? So the student can choose whatever answer they want to choose, and click on Submit, and then continue.

Trevor Noah: Well, great. Well, maybe--

Desi Lydic: It's easy once you get the hang of it.

[audience laughing]

Trevor Noah: So if--

Desi Lydic: All you have to do is wait until someone starts talking, and then you start talking.

Trevor Noah: Desi, I know what interrupting is. It's when you speak on top of somebody else.

Susanna Semerdzhyan: OK. And then because my students are learning English, I put a vocabulary exercise for them as well. So match the following words to the correct definitions in the table below. To talk when someone else is talking, would that be to get the hang of it or would that be interrupt?

It's a fill in the bank-- fill in the blank question so the student needs to actually write something to learn the skills of something after trying something, to get the hang of it. And then the student clicks on Submit. And then they can go-- continue.

I just wanted to point out one thing. That if a student doesn't really know, they can also click on this rewind button so that they can go back and listen to it again in case they didn't understand it, which is very helpful for a language student.

Desi Lydic: Actually, Trevor, it's when you interject before someone's completed their thought.

Trevor Noah: Desi, stop mansplaining to me.

[audience laughing]

Susanna Semerdzhyan: OK. What are some examples of mansplaining? And I just-- what are-- oops. Let me go back over here. What are some examples of mansplaining?

Trevor Noah: Just get to the weather.

Desi Lydic: OK, all right. Calm down. Don't act crazy.

[audience laughing]

Susanna Semerdzhyan: OK. And then, why does she say don't act crazy? Why is that funny? And then the student can post-- can write the answer. I forgot to mention that in the previous question there was no place for the student to write a response.

And that is one of the options of-- the question options of PlayPosit too. You have what's called a reflective pause. So you can pause the video, ask a question to the students, and have them think about it before they continue watching the video. So, again, I'm just going to write something here, and continue the video.

Desi Lydic: Has anyone told you you should smile more?

[audience laughing]

Give it a try. Give it a try. Let's see those dimples.

Susanna Semerdzhyan: All right, so that is one of the examples that I wanted to show you PlayPosit. So it's an interactive video in that you can add quite different question types. So I just went over the overview, and I showed you an example of what PlayPosit is like.

Now I want to show you the question types. I already talked about a few of the question types. So I'm going to go to PlayPosit and start showing you what other options that you have. So I'm first going to go over here.

And when you are on PlayPosit after you've created an account, to create that interactive video, you need to click on Add New Bulb. Once you do that, the screen is going to pop up. And now you need to choose a video. So you can either upload your own video, you can-- or you can record your own video. But you can also search for videos on YouTube.

I'm just going to go ahead and give you the example for YouTube. If I go to YouTube and-- I don't know, I'm going to write Friends, Joey on Friends. And then I find a video that I want. I click on that video. And then I click on Done. And now I have this video that I can edit.

So when you're editing and you're adding questions, those questions are called an interaction. So all those question types that I was saying, multiple choice, free response, the reflective pause, those are all called interactions.

So what you can do is-- so you can watch the video so you can start playing. And as soon as you want to add a question, that's where you click on Add an interaction. So I'll give you an example.

Speaker 2: Damn Rollos.

[audience laughing]

Speaker 3: Hey, you're back.

Speaker 2: Hey.

Speaker 3: How was your conference?

Speaker 2: It was terrible. I fought with my colleagues the entire time. Are you kidding with this?

[audience laughing]

Susanna Semerdzhyan: Let's just say I want to add a question there. So now you have these question types. You have multiple choice, you have a free response, you have a poll, a check all, fill in the blank, a discussion question. You also have that reflective pause. You can incorporate a link.

And then you also have what's called templates. So if you've been using the same type of questions for your different videos that you've been making, you can have templates. And just instead of recreating those questions all the time, you can get from your template, and use those questions.

You also have question-- a question bank similar to all the other tools that you're using. And you have a bank, you can go to that as well. I'm just going to show you the example of the multiple choice first because all of them are pretty similar in the different things that you can do.

So let's just say you have a multiple choice question, you can enter your question over here. And like I said, you can make a bold, italicize it, number bullet, so on and so forth. You can add a picture if you want. I added the audio for my students. So these are some of the different options that you have on all that-- those editing tools.

And then over here you have the Question option that you can write over here. And then you have the Setting option. And then you can mark correct, you can add feedback. So you can write, "Oh, great job," or, "Sorry, see page 135," for example. So you can write that feedback over here. And then once you're finished, you can click on Done.

It won't let me do a click on Done because of the fact that I didn't actually enter a question. So I'm just going to go back and refresh this page so that I can show you the other question types. So I'm just going to go over here. Let's just say I want to add another interaction. And over here I want to add a pause.

OK, so you can add the pause. And for the pause you can enter any text you want. If you don't want to add any text and you want your students to actually click and listen to your question, if, for example, you're doing a listening activity with your students, you can record that as well.

OK, then you click on Customize, and then you can continue. One other thing that besides the question types that I wanted to show you was how you can edit the video, the entire video. So this video seems like it might be too long for me. I have the questions, I want to add the questions but the video is three minutes and 22 seconds long. So if I want, I can also edit the length of the video.

So let's just say I have my questions over here, and I'm adding the ones that I want. Then I can customize how long I want the video. So I believe that's after when you review it. Let me just click on Preview so I can show you. So this is the entire video.

Speaker 2: Damn Rollos.

[audience laughing]

Speaker 3: Hey, you're--

Susanna Semerdzhyan: I'm going to go back over here. And they changed the way that you edit the length of the video. So I'm just going to click on this again and edit it so that I can make sure that I show you how to-- here you go, OK-- video. So over here you can see-- sorry. Let me do that again so I can show you. I went a little too fast.

OK, so over here is your video source, is the actual video. And then the captioning. So you can view the available YouTube captioning or you can add your own captioning. And this is where you can trim and crop the video. So if you don't want the entire video, you can just drag this over here. And now your video's only a minute and 36 seconds long. So you have the option of editing how long your video is as well.

So that was how to add the questions and how to trim the video. OK, and then once you are finished, you can review it and then you can save it. And once you save it, that's where you'll have all your videos over here. For example, The Daily Show, that one was-- one that was ready for me. And I can click over here, and it I can assign it to the students.

I can give them a link. If I simply just want to show it to the students in-person or on Zoom, I would do it exactly how I was showing you. I would show the video, pause, and then have a student tell the answer to a partner or ask one student the question, however you would like to do it. So you can do it that way if you just simply want to use the video in your class.

Now, if you want to assign it, you can definitely assign it through PlayPosit. But I'm going to go to the fourth item on my agenda, and that's to show you how to do it on Canvas. So on Canvas, if you want to create an assignment through CCC TechConnect, you have the option to do that for free.

So you would similarly-- however you're creating your assignment on Canvas, you would give your assignment a name, give a description, assign the points, the groups so on and so forth. And then under the Submission Type, you're going to select External Tool.

And once you do that, you're going to click on Find, and look for PlayPosit. You're going to scroll down to PlayPosit. If this is the first time that you've been using PlayPosit, you have to link your PlayPosit account. Mine is already linked.

But I'm going to enter PlayPosit. So if I've already created on playposit.com, then I can simply find it over here. I recommend that you create it on PlayPosit, and then find it over here. So I click on Enter PlayPosit. Then I find the video that I want. OK, so that's the video that I want.

And then I select that one. So I selected that video that I want to assign. And let me just quickly go over it's-- sorry. PlayPosit has changed a lot of things on their website so some things have changed over here. I'm trying to set the link. And then I click on The Daily Show. And that should be fine that I've selected that video.

And then once I select that-- sorry, once I select that video that I have, then I can go down all the way over here and save and publish it or save it so that I can use it in my class.

So that in a nutshell is PlayPosit. I went over an example, showed you some of the question types, and how to embed it in Canvas. And I hope you enjoy using PlayPosit in your class, whether it's in-person, on Zoom, or if you're assigning it for homework. Thank you.

Melinda Holt: All right, thanks, Susie, for that great presentation. I'd like to encourage viewers at this time to subscribe to OTAN's YouTube channel where instructional tech videos like this one related to adult education can be found, including these OTAN TikToks. All of these information and more is available on the OTAN website at www.otan.us. Thank you for watching this OTAN Tech Talk.