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Many thanks to those of you who have been sending in requests for continued access to titles already available in CourseMedia. We are busy collating the requests, reviewing licensing and pricing for them, and getting a handle on the holistic scope of the project’s impact on our budget. This may take us some time, so you may not receive an immediate answer regarding particular titles.

We do now have a timeline for these decisions; in the absence of unforeseen circumstances, you will not lose access to anything until next academic year:

Schedule for sun-setting videos in DUCourseMedia

  • December 31, 2018: Last day for faculty to “claim” titles they want access to in AY19-20. Please send in titles you need access to before the end of the year.
  • March 24, 2019: Faculty are told which titles can be licensed elsewhere, which cannot but will remain in DUCourseMedia anyway, and which will be removed.
  • March 31, 2019: Faculty revise “claimed” titles decisions, as necessary (e.g., we’ve found some faculty will choose another film if the one they requested has restrictions or obscene costs associated with it)
  • August 20, 2019: Relevant titles are removed from DUCourseMedia

We hope this give you ample time to prepare for any changes you may need to make for Fall 2019.

Please contact Jack Maness if you have any questions, and thanks for your patience as we work through this.

Jack Maness
Associate Dean
University of Denver Libraries
jack.maness@du.edu
303.871.2277

Due to significant concerns regarding compliance with copyright law, the Offices of the Provost and General Counsel have advised the Libraries and the Office of Teaching and Learning to cease converting CourseMedia Screenshotanalog DVD, BlueRay, VHS, etc. to streaming files except in very limited circumstances, beginning in the Fall Quarter of 2018. If you have new titles you’d like streamed for Fall, please submit them as soon as possible to reserve@du.edu.

If you have used CourseMedia in recent quarters, you may have noticed a new copyright acknowledgement statement that appears here, and also when videos are presented to students in Canvas. This language was developed by the University Libraries in consultation with the Offices of the Provost and General Counsel. In addition, heavy users of the service have engaged in conversations in recent quarters regarding the need to cease this practice, and we have also been communicating with the Library Liaison Advisory Group. These conversations have proved invaluable.

At this time, this change applies only to video, not audio or still images, and regards only the conversion of new titles. Videos already available in CourseMedia will not be removed immediately, but will be evaluated for copyright compliance during the Fall quarter. If there are titles already available in CourseMedia you plan to use in future quarters, please contact your library liaison as soon as possible: https://library.du.edu/research/liaisons.html. We provide access to over 250,000 videos through over a dozen licensed platforms, and will attempt to provide your title in the same manner. If we cannot, we will likely need to delete most of the films in CourseMedia at a future date, but hope to work closely with you before that happens. Visit the Guide to Using Media in Courses for more information on using media in courses.

We recognize this change will be disruptive to many faculty members. We are collectively committed to providing faculty with the streaming video resources needed to teach their courses, but must do so in a manner that is compliant with current copyright legislation.

If you have questions related to legal matters, please contact the Office of General Counsel (counsel@du.edu) or the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer’s Intellectual Property Manager, CeCe Ging (CeCe.Ging@du.edu).

Questions related to resource availability for your courses can be directed to your library liaison: https://library.du.edu/research/liaisons.html.

 

The Office of Teaching and Learning released a new version of the CourseMedia system on December 14th, 2017. While this release was mainly focused on backend work that will not be apparent to the user – we did find time to add a few features to this release:

  • Video Clip Editor: We now show the [CC] button when captions are available. Previously, this would only be displayed on playback.
  • Video Clip Editor: Allow instructors to define custom clip titles from the editor.
  • MMS ID: We now allow all users to see and use the MMS ID field. This is a unique identifier in the system that allows reference to a specific record.
  • Gallery Items: We now display the full title on mouseover.
  • Search Results: We now display the full title on mouseover.
  • System Announcement: This is a new feature which allows OTL to display an announcement to CourseMedia users within the system.
  • System Alert: Similar to the system announcement, this allows OTL to broadcast an immediate alert to CourseMedia users within the system and through Canvas.
  • Personal Images: Now include a “citation” field for users to cite the source of any personal image uploads.
  • Search: Links to course reserves will appear if no results are returned.
  • Legal: We’ve included verbiage about fair use and copyright where appropriate, along with resources for users.
  • Projection System: Updated to work along with changes in CourseMedia itself – and to work more consistently with external media services.
  • Responsive Display: Tweaked the logic behind responsive view adjustments for various screen sizes.

The OTL has updated our media playback modules within CourseMedia as of April the 4th, 2017.

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Revised and updated tools include the Audio and Video playback components… and a complete revision of the video clip editor. All of these updated modules are available via Canvas and CourseMedia itself and include the following improvements:

  • JWPlayer core updated to version 7.10
  • All playback defaults to using Flash Player for improved media delivery (with fallback to native browser)
  • All 3 modules rewritten from basic HTML/CSS/JS and Angular2 to Vue.js 2
  • Video Playback now only shows the expanse of the clip constraints and not the full video duration
  • General improvements to Audio Playback module
  • Video Clip Editor completely rewritten to be much more visually usable
  • Video Clip Editor includes captions and subtitles for video titles (when available)
  • General tweaks and fixes

Here is a quick overview video from a Canvas perspective:

Over the past year or so, the Office of Teaching and Learning has been hard at work developing an entirely new version of the CourseMedia system to work alongside current solutions and services like the library catalog, subscribed content catalogs, and the Canvas learning management system. We’ve taken the core of the CourseMedia experience and have streamlined search and organization to make it easy for newcomers to use the system, while retaining the tried and true experience that faculty have come to rely upon within the core system in creating and managing galleries. In fact, all of your current content will be migrated into the new system at launch.

A single asset embedded within Canvas

One of the major changes in the new CourseMedia system is the tight integration with Canvas. All course and student data is now managed through Canvas itself against official enrollment data – as the official university LMS. This not only standardizes policies and procedures for course access, but also acts as a barrier against possible copyright issues through the tight integration of CourseMedia content within the managed course structure. Groups of galleries, single galleries, and even unique media items can be shared with students as standalone pieces of content, or even integrated into the Canvas system alongside quizzes, discussions, and everything else Canvas has to offer. Instructional designers at the OTL are here to assist you in implementing these possibilities!

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Searching for cataloged content has become much more robust and streamlined thanks to tight integration with university library systems. The new search mechanisms are robust, powerful, and blazing fast. In addition to university cataloged content, faculty can also search through media subscriptions that the university has access to – greatly expanding the existing catalog of media items for use within a course! One example of this is the Kanopy, which offers more than 26,000 films globally. Subscription assets like this are fully integrated into regular search mechanics.

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Of course, for the CourseMedia faculty who want to share video clips alongside other class materials, we now support the same tooling you may be used to from the old Canvas LTI – now integrated into the full CourseMedia system as well. This means that if you build a gallery with video clips – that these clips will be persistent and can be shared just like any other piece of content you’ve built within CourseMedia! Want to have your students view a video clip and then discuss it within Canvas? Perhaps you wish to construct a quiz based upon the students interpretation of a video clip? This is the sort of integration that is now possible.

Additionally, the new system is completely responsive and able to be viewed on any desktop or mobile device. Even streaming video is playable through native iOS and Android operating systems with the continued ability to stream across desktop browsers as well.

 
To help faculty prepare for the coming changes, we’ve prepared the following change matrix – subject to modification as we continue in developing the system:

If you have any questions or are interested in seeing and testing the new CourseMedia, please contact us to set up an appointment.


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