Presented on the previous page, the Zoom video communications service is perhaps best suited for scheduled meetings, webinars and teaching.
Zoom can also be used to record events, screen videos or almost any type of video content with either a phone or a computer application. The recordings in Zoom are saved as MP4 files on the computer. From there, they can be shared to other university staff and students through the Unitube Uploader, for example (see more details on the Uploader on this page).
You can also record Zoom meetings (especially self-created meetings; saving meetings created by other people requires recording rights, such as by being a Co-host of the meeting). The recordings in Zoom are saved as MP4 files on the computer. From there, they can be shared to other university staff and students, by using the Unitube Uploader, for example. The chapter on working with videos in the advanced section of this material discusses this workflow. You can go see the instructions if you are interested even if the general advanced section is not part of your course requirements!
By using Zoom’s Outlook plugin, you can make and send easily clickable invites to Zoom events through the Outlook calendar. Find instructions to these and other basic Zoom functions on the Helpdesk site.
Another video communication service used for distance learning is Microsoft Teams. This service, too, can be used with a browser or mobile device, although we recommend using the desktop application, just as with Zoom. Teams may be a mandatory way of keeping up with teaching as sometimes the party organising the distance teaching may not be able to use Zoom.
Teams also enables versatile work on Office documents, for example in groups, and offers a more versatile work platform that is almost equivalent to Moodle, where video connection is only a small part of the service. You can also use Teams to capture screen recordings. More about Teams in the section on teamwork.
Designed for university staff and students, Unitube is a medium for watching, streaming and sharing videos. You can find the Unitube Viewer on the university’s open website at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/unitube. In Unitube, you can watch live and recorded lectures, teaching and instruction videos and other public recordings.
Videos are published as series in Unitube. Usually, the easiest way to find a specific video is by sorting videos according to series or faculty. Please note that the access rights of some Unitube videos have been restricted and can only be viewed by the participants of a specific Moodle course, for example. Such videos may not be displayed in public lists or search results.
Please note that the audio in the video may be muted by default in the browser, so if you cannot hear anything but see video, check the icon in the Unitube player to make sure audio is turned on!
Courses may also provide other videos. Some teachers may make videos available in popular video sharing services, such as YouTube or Vimeo.
Video materials may also be available as downloadable files in the AVI, MOV or MP4 file formats, for instance. You can open these file formats using player software, although you may also be able to watch the videos directly in your browser window. The free-of-charge VLC player is suited for opening video and audio files.
Producing and sharing videos
Students and employees of the university can use the Unitube Uploader to share their own recordings and embed them for others to view on Moodle courses or the Unitube Viewer, for example. The Unitube Uploader can be found at lataamo.helsinki.fi.
The advanced section of Student’s digital skills provides more information on publishing videos with the Unitube Uploader.
In the Uploader, you can save videos or computer animations recorded using a tablet, a smartphone camera or a video camera, for example.
Unitube studios and rooms
There are lecture rooms and studios around the university with Unitube recording equipment. These so-called Unitube facilities can be reserved separately and used for filming and recording course videos, for example, directly into the Unitube Uploader with high-quality equipment and a suitable space. The equipment is handled with the control panel in the room. Find more specific instructions for the use of the Unitube Uploader and lecture recording equipment on the Helpdesk website.