We’ve put together some commonly-asked questions to give you more information about the Learning Capture project and the YuJa software. This page is being updated regularly with new topics and links to articles.
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The soft launch
A soft launch is a pre-release or preview of a product. We use it to gather feedback and to test functionality to allow adjustments to be made, and training and guidelines to be targeted where needed.
This is your opportunity to get comfortable with the system, ask questions and plan how you wish to incorporate it into teaching from the 22/23 academic year.
There is no obligation for you to use this technology from January. The 2021/22 Teaching & Learning Framework remains the same and the current Stream to Blackboard integration remains the main learning capture technology at Reading for the remainder of the academic year.
The YuJa desktop software and microphones will be installed in over and lecture theatres.
Please refer to the list of Learning Capture Rooms for further information on the rooms in scope.
The teaching spaces on the Learning Capture room list have been upgraded with specialist ceiling microphones designed for classroom capture (in a few rooms, these microphones are located on the wall).
You will also be able to access the YuJa software on the tech table PCs in these rooms. It is this software which will enable you to make your recordings.
Please note that cameras have not been installed in classrooms as part of the Learning Capture project.
From January 2022, the following support will be available:
- Recorded video tour of the YuJa platform, showing how to record, perform basic edits, and publish videos.
- Support articles on our YuJa Help Page to guide you through recording and publishing videos.
- A support form for submitting feedback and requesting assistance on the YuJa software.
The period between January and September is a soft launch/beta period. As such there may be occasions where the software does not work as expected. If you are teaching during the Spring and/or Summer terms and experience issues with Learning Capture, please continue teaching as you would normally without the recording for that session. There is no obligation to provide students with recordings during the soft launch period.
With YuJa, you can upload your existing MP4 video files which you exported from PowerPoint. These can be uploaded either directly to YuJa, or via the Blackboard integration so you can publish them to your modules.
There is no need to re-record your PowerPoint, unless of course you wish to make changes to the content.
You may prefer to update PowerPoint-recorded videos in PowerPoint. You can re-record the audio just for the slide with the new information, re-export as a new MP4 file, and then upload to YuJa. For more-detailed information on repurposing your screencasts each year, see our blog post Repurposing screencasts for teaching and learning.
Your videos on Microsoft Stream will stay where they are, and any modules with which you’ve shared your videos will still have access. It’s therefore important that you don’t delete all of your Stream videos, as your 2020/21 and 2021/22 students should still be able to access any Stream content that has been shared with them.
After the end of this academic year, the integration between Blackboard and Microsoft Stream will remain active for 2020/21 and 2021/22 courses, to enable students on those courses to access any videos which were shared with them.
There will be no Blackboard-Stream integration for 2022/23 modules. If you wish to share videos currently on Microsoft Stream with students in 2022/23, you will need to download the videos and upload them to YuJa, where they can be published to your module.