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Note - see also Covid-19 information.

Room Setup

  • All rooms will run at half of normal capacity.

Online Meetings and Lecture

The following are options that can be used for online meetings and Lecture recording. In particular, each allows for screen sharing - so a student can show their programs to get help, or for faculty/students to show others something on their computer.

Note that the default method for video conferencing and lectures for CS courses is Zoom or Teams. Zoom is recommended for Lectures (quality is more stable, easier to have non-ISU people join, has more features that are good for lectures). Teams is recommended to helping students (can start by going back and forth on the chat and make a call if needed). Information on other options is kept here as an FYI.

  • Zoom - See and see also .
  • Teams - Link. Microsoft Teams is included in the Office 365 license that the university has. Teams includes both chat and video conferencing. Channels can be setup for each course (or for whatever), files can be shared, etc. For all features to work, you should use the most up to date version of one of: Chrome, Edge, Teams app. Note that the CS Online Lab hours are used with Teams - see Covid-19.
  • Skype - Link. Requires a skype or Microsoft account. Can be used on phones, in the browser, or installed on a computer.
  • Yuja - Link. You can host a video conferencing session. The host needs to login with their ISU credentials. A link can be sent to others who will participate. The host should remember to turn off Recording unless they want to record the session. You can "Publish" videos to your courses. When students go to blackboard, your course, Tools, Yuja, they will see videos that have been "published" to the course. For all features to work, you should use the most up to date version of one of: Chrome, Firefox, Yuja app.
  • Bookings - Microsoft Bookings is one of the office apps that is available to us. Login to with your ISU information (first login with full email address, then you'll likely be prompted for portal id and password). Then click "All Apps" at the end of the list of apps, and one of the ones you should see is Bookings. This is aimed at businesses to book service appointments, but we can use it to schedule meetings with students. You can see what it looks like live to the students here at Jeff Kinne's.


Screen Capture Recording

Note - if posting any videos publicly, make sure there is no ISU student information contained within the video. Things to pay attention to - close email so email notifications from students do not appear on the video, if logged in to the CS server do not type finger or the like, if tabbing between programs do not tab into a Word or Excel file with student information.

  • Zoom - you can record a meeting to the cloud or your computer, and if you just want the recording then you don't share the meeting link with anyone.
  • Teams - you can use Microsoft Teams to record. See above about Teams. It has a chat interface and can be used for live meetings and to make recordings.
  • Quicktime - only available on Mac's. Open Quicktime, click File, and New Screen Recording. Make sure to find the setting to enable the microphone if you want audio recorded as well. It is possible to pause the recording and resume again; see here.
  • ShareX - only available on Windows. Download. After installing, open the program, first find the setting to set the microphone as the audio source (Task Settings / Screen Recorder / Screen recording options... / Audio source). After doing this, to start a recording click Capture, then Screen Recording. Note that there is no ability to pause in the middle of a recording.
  • Yuja - Link. This is a university-supported system. You can also get to Yuja through blackboard by going to a course blackboard page, choosing Tools, and Yuja. Yuja allows you to choose to record the screen, the webcam, or another video source if there is one (e.g., document camera or cameras in a distance classroom). Yuja recordings are uploaded to the ISU Yuja system. They can be "stored" under specific courses or in a general folder. The videos are ISU-only by default but can be set to be publicly available as well.
  • Kazam - Link. This is a Linux based utility available on most Linux distributions from their package manager software. On Ubuntu for example you can install it with sudo apt-get install kazam.

Video Processing

  • VLC - Download. VLC can be used to convert video files to be smaller for uploading. Choose Media, Convert/Save. You can choose a file as the source, choose the video settings you would like (e.g., frame rate of 10 frames/second and horizontal resolution of 1080), and choose the output to go to a file.


Recommended hardware for recording lectures.