It’s been my experience that eight types of web tools are often used to develop learning content. In the last post, we discussed hosting videos you create on YouTube, as well as finding interesting content on YouTube that you can link or embed in your courses.
Let’s say you find videos on the web that you want to use in your course. Because owners can remove their videos at anytime without notice, it would be a good idea to make a habit of archiving good videos. Video owners have the opportunity to grant you the right or limit your right to use content through the Standard YouTube License or the Creative Commons license. YouTube makes it easy to download many videos (see image below).
From the video manager page, click the downward arrow to right of the “edit” option next to the video you want to download. Scroll down, and select “download mp4″.
Should you have difficulty downloading a video, you may want to consider sites such as KeepVid.com or FetchVideo.com. Both of these sites allow you to enter a video’s URL and to choose the download format you need, such as MP4, MP3, or FLV.
Download options from FetchVideo.com
Once you’ve downloaded videos you want to use in your courses, save your videos in the cloud through DropBox.Com so that you can use them while you are building your course anytime, anywhere. Saving and archiving videos you want to use for instructional purposes will put you at ease, knowing that your instructional resource will always be available.
What has been your experience with these tools? Are there others that you prefer?