Faculty Resources

Technologies & Services

The following is an evolving list of technologies and services that NCTC faculty and staff may find useful for instruction. These technologies and services are in no way endorsed by the college. They are provided here solely as a start-point for independent exploration. As this list is updated frequently, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit additional educational technologies and services for inclusion.

*Contact the eLearning Department for more information.

**Currently unavailable for NCTC eLearning.

Creating Video for Online Courses

An effective component to transforming your online course into a dynamic learning community is creating and embedding personalized audio/video content. There are many methods and tools available for audio/video production, as well as services to store and deliver your content. This webpage presents general information related to video production at NCTC, including camera options, lighting, sound, and online hosting services.


Instructors often want to record video for an introductory message to their students, briefly summarize a topic, or demonstrate a particular skill. To support such productions, a High-definition camera is recommended when recording videos. Related training at the individual and group levels is also available.

Lighting & Sound

Light has different characteristics. Hard light is direct and creates sharp shadows, like the sun on a clear day. Soft light is indirect and results in few shadows, like classroom fluorescents. Quality and placement of light is more important than amount of light. The most common lighting model diffuses light from three different angles to a single point, i.e., instructor, student, etc. Indirect natural light can be very useful as well. Recording whiteboard-based instruction is tricky as these surfaces easily reflect light back into the lens.

Whenever possible use either a clip-on or handheld microphone to record sound. Use one clip-on microphone per person. If recording multiple people simultaneously, provide each their own clip-on microphone. Place both the clip-on microphone and/or handheld microphone relatively close to the speaker's mouth. Make sure the top of the microphone is unobstructed and not touching anything.

Additional Resources

More Free Audio & Video Resources