Ensemble Video Update

Ensemble, MCC’s cloud-hosted, private-access video-streaming service, got a major upgrade last night. The changes include a shift to a new address for MCC users: mccneb.ensemblevideo.com.

Ensemble 3.6 comes with some exciting new features, including the ability to trim videos from within the site (cutting the video-editing software need). IDS is also working on improving integration with Blackboard to make using Ensemble to capture and share educational video even easier for MCC instructors, students and staff.

We’re working on an updated guide to the new features, but you can access the complete guide (with the new URL) here. It covers some basics on the why, when and how of video — how to shoot, edit and upload, and how to get videos and peer-review playlists into your online/hybrid/enhanced course.

What are Ensemble’s advantages?

Video is an excellent tool for online learning. Lecture-captures and walk-throughs help students by appealing to several learning styles and providing them with resources they can return to. Involving students in creating and evaluating the videos also promotes learner engagement.

I’ve sung the praises of using quick, chatty introduction videos to give online-only students a personable explanation of course expectations. But don’t just take my word on it. Here’s a nice, succinct case for awesome educational video from Edudemic.

Many MCC instructors use Ensemble to create dropboxes for students to upload their own video work, created with a mobile device or digital camera. IDS makes a dropbox link, embeds it in an ANGEL course and then students upload their video files. The instructor can see the submissions at mccneb.ensemblevideo.com or put a playlist of all of them into ANGEL to have students watch and critique each other. Other instructors make training videos which we then host with Ensemble and can embed pretty much anywhere. (Here’s our ANGEL tutorials, for example.)

Ensemble’s advantage over YouTube is privacy. We can make videos public or put them behind authentication, requiring a MCC username and password to see. This makes it especially good for student submissions.

Interested in getting started?

Great! Contact IDS or check out the complete guide.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at acgarrison@mccneb.edu.

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