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    Click the picture below to access the Instructional Consulting website offered by the Indiana University, School of Education.  This is an outstanding distance teaching and learning resource.  The web page includes links to 27 short video tutorials recorded by Dr. Curt Bonk, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University.  Each video tutorial runs approximately 10 minutes.

    This is an outstanding teaching-learning resource.  If you have questions or comments about the video tutorials, please post a comment to this blog.  I'll reply as quickly as possible.


    Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)

    Video primers web page



    • Robert E Jensen

      Dell Sells 64-bit Windows 7 Computers But the Sales Division is Still Relying on 32-Bit Windows XP Computers
      Maybe that tells us something about backwards compatibility problems of 64-bit Windows 7 computers

      I sure would like to know if and why some 64-bit Windows 7 computers can run the videos such as the videos at 
      Most such computers, however, cannot run the above samples of part of my life's work.

      My experience also tells me that there's something to being able to store your life's work in hard copy on library shelves.

      When I recently bought a 64-bit Dell Studio 17 Laptop, Dell assigned me to a good guy named Charlie Mullins in the Sales Division. Charlie not only held my hand so to speak and tracked  my order before my new computer was built, he continues to hold my hand figuratively-speaking throughout my three-year onsite service warranty that I paid extra for when I bought my computer.

      When I have a hardware problem, I must pass through Charlie to get access to a Dell hardware technician who then walks me through some tests to determine if I really have a hardware problem. On this Charlie is very efficient and merely forwards my phone call to the hardware specialist. I am having troubles with a flaky on-off switch, and the hardware technician spent an hour with me yesterday on the phone guiding me through a series of tests. He even remotely took charge operating my new computer. It turns out that I really do need a new switch and possibly a new motherboard such at a hardware technician will soon visit my house. Since I live in the far-away New Hampshire mountains some Dell technician may have to travel all the way from Boston, thereby giving me his entire day and maybe more just to replace a switch (I think the motherboard is fine).

      I also have a problem in that a huge part of my life's work producing educational media files will run perfectly on my old Dell 32-bit XP laptop, but my life's work will not run on my new Dell 64-bit laptop due to what a popup claims are missing codecs. It turns out that this is a huge problem for Microsoft to the extent that the 64-bit Windows Media Player in Windows 7 is not the default WMP player you see on your screen. Microsoft embeds a 32-bit WMP player in Windows 7 that is the default player in your new 64-bit Windows 7 machine. The reason is the shortage of 64-bit codecs for the world of media playback. But if you choose to do so, a few techies in the world know how to change to a 64-bit WMP:
      WMP 64-bit switch ---

      Things get more complicated when I have a software problem under warranty on my new computer. Dell only offers a warranty on applications that are built into the Windows 7 operating system and not other software that Dell installs such as MS Office software. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit WMP applications are buried in the operating system, so I argued with Charlie Mullins that my WMP problem is under warranty. He's now writing up a proposal pleading with Level 2 technicians at Dell to talk to me.

      I turns out that I do not have to go through Charlie to reach Level 1 technicians at Dell. I first did so with my codec problems. Two Level 1 technicians concluded that my codec problem cannot be solved. I will have to keep keep my old XP computer running for the rest of my life if I want to replay my life's work. And so will any other accounting educator and researcher who wants to view the videos of my professional career.

      This just does not seem right, so I want access to Level 2 experts at Dell. However, to do so I have to describe my problem to Charlie Mullins who then must write up a formal proposal on my behalf to try to convince Level 2 experts to consider my problem. Two Level 1 technicians at Dell who declared my problem unsolvable privately admitted they did not understand problems of missing codecs and how to resolve the problems of not having codecs present in the Windows 7 operating system that were and still are present in the old Windows XP operating system.

      When sending Charlie an email describing my problem I asked him to try to run any one of these sample accounting theory wmv video files on an XP machine and a Windows 7 machine ---
      In my case all the wmv videos run perfectly on my old Windows XP machine and not on my new 64-bit machine. By the way, many people have by now contacted me claiming they cannot run my accounting education and research videos on their 64-bit computers, although a few have mysteriously managed to get them to run on their 64-bit computers. In most cases they don't fully understand why they work on their 64-bit Windows operating machines.

      By the way, the Quicktime player from Apple never would play my wmv files. Nor will any other video player such as VLC that I installed play my life's work on a 64-bit machine even though these players work fine on my 32-bit machine.

      Charlie wrote back and informed me that he cannot try to run my sample videos linked above on a 64-bit computer, because nobody in his Sales Division at Dell has a 64-bit computer even though virtually all the computers sold by this division are now 64-bit computers. I'm not sure Charlie was supposed to let this out, but to me this tells me something about Dell still having worries about leaving the 32-bit architecture.

      One sign of getting too old is when years of a professor's work can no longer be used under current versions of hardware and software. It's a little like having a double tree for horses on a wagon in the era of tractors or an old threshing machine in the era of harvesting combines.

      The real definitive sign is when your wife wants you evaluated on the PBS "Antiques Road Show."

      My experience also tells me that there's something to being able to store your life's work in hard copy on library shelves.

      I sure would like to know if and why some 64-bit Windows 7 computers can run the videos such as the videos at 


      A Bit of History
      This reminds me of when Apple used to come out with new versions of the Mac operating system that were not backwards compatible. I recall sharing a cab in Manhattan with the University of Waterloo's Efrim Boritz years ago. Efrim grumbled that Apple had destroyed years of his work by not making the new version of the Mac operating system sufficiently compatible with an updated version.

      For years one huge advantage of Microsoft was insistence on making new versions of DOS compatible with older versions which led to millions of lines of code that would've been unnecessary if new versions of DOS were not backwards compatible.

      That does not seem to be the case today.

      Boo on TechSmith! Boo on Microsoft! Boo on Apple!

      They are sometimes uncaringly destroying years of our work with new upgrades.


    • Robert E Jensen


      Bob Jensen's Codec Saga: How I Lost a Big Part of My Life's Work
      Until My Friend Rick Lillie Solved My Problem
      Bob Jensen at Trinity University

      The essay below is on the Web at

      There are many newer 64-bit Windows 7 computers that will not playback videos compressed on computers such as my 32-bit Windows XP computer. Give your 64-bit computer a test. The most popular video I ever produced is my 133ex05a.wmv video that's still being downloaded by thousands of security analysts and auditors. Even before I purchased a new computer I was getting complaints that this video would not play on 64-bit Windows 7 computers.

      Give your computer test by trying to playback the 133ex05a.wmv video at

      Playback problems are also arising in videos created by millions of people other than me, especially Camtasia videos produced on 32-bit computers. The trouble is that Microsoft's set of codecs embedded in Windows 7 leaves out some important codecs in earlier versions of Windows.Many high level tech support groups still don't know how to solve this problem. For example, two days ago three Level 2 experts in the Dell Technical Support Division did not have a clue on how to solve the problem. Even though the video above would not run on my various video players such as Windows Media Player, VLC Player, Realtime, and Quicktime, Dell Level 2 technicians suggested I try three other players. None of these players corrected my problem.

      Codec ---
      Warning: There are many outfits on the Web that offer free or fee downloads of codecs. Don't trust any of them unless somebody you really trust informs you that these downloads are safe. Many of codec downloads carry malware malicious code that will put such things as Trojan horse viruses into your computer. One outfit even claims to playback virtually all videos without using a codec. I don't trust this company enough to even try its download. Quite a few people have downloaded the K-Lite Codec Pack, but my Sophos Security blocker would not allow this download. Friends who have the K-Lite does tell me that they still can't run many older videos in 64-bit machines that will run in 32-bit computers.

      To make a long story short, a technical support expert named Ian at California State University in San Bernardino proposed a solution to the problem at the behest of my good friend and education technology expert Professor Rick Lillie.

      On Thanksgiving Day Rick sent the following recommendation:

      The problem is specifically an audio codec that did not come with Windows 7. Ian found a trustworthy place which provides that particular codec:

      Trinity University requires that I honor a relatively tough Cisco Systems security barrier called Sophos if I want to run my files on servers at Trinity. The VoiceAge download mentioned above not only passed through my Sophos barrier, unlike the K-Lite Codec Pack, the download took place in the blink of an eye.

      Now old videos play wonderfully on my new 64-bit Windows 7 laptop from Dell. However, this is a limited solution in that users around the world who do not know about this solution or an equivalent solution will either not be able to run many old videos or they will be clogging my email box. I am asking that all of you inform your tech support group about this solution. I informed the Dell Support Group.

      A better solution for my hundreds of videos still being served up on the Web would take weeks of my time. Windows 7 OS 64-bit computers will play my huge uncompressed avi files that I store in my barn. It is out of the question to serve up enormous avi files that can be compressed into files that save over 90% of of storage and transmission size. However, I did experiment with recompressing a couple of avi files on my 64-bit machine. These files will playback in wmv, rm, swf, and mov formats using only Windows 7 codecs. But at this stage of my life I don't want to spend weeks of my time solving a problem that Microsoft could solve with little cost or trouble.

      Why compress raw avi videos into compressed wmv, mov, mpg, rm, scf, or some other compressed versions?
      The reason is largely a file size issue with raw avi videos. If I captured an avi file that is over 200 mb in size it takes up a huge amount of space on a server and takes forever to download over the Internet. By compressing it into something liike a wmv format for Windows Media Player, a mov format for Apple's Quicktime, or a rm format for Real Media, or a swf format for an Adobe Flash player, I can reduce the file size by over 90% without serious loss in video playback quality. I should, however, store the original avi file somewhere if I think I may want to edit and recompress the video in the future.

      Hilarious Enron home video (originally reported by the Houston Chronicle)
      A hilarious Enron home video (really made by genuine Enron executives like Jeff Skilling at Rich Kinder's resignation party) example is shown at
      The raw Enron1.avi video of 201 mb is poor quality video that a friend at Villanova captured in 2003. It will take you over 20 minutes to download this avi video, but since it is in avi format it will play on my new 64-bit Windows 7 computer. When I compressed the video into an Enron1.wmv format it only takes up 20 mb of space (over a 90% savings) on the server and will download in less than two minutes.

      However, until I downloaded the VoiceAge codec this wmv compressed version would not play on my new 64-bit Windows 7 computer. It always did play on my old 32-bit computer. The reason is that Microsoft left out some historic codecs for in the latest version of 64-bit computers.

      In fact the problem is so severe with old 32-bit media that in Windows 7 Microsoft made the 32-bit version of Windows Media Player (WMP) the default player even though a 64-bit version is also available such that techies can, if you so choose, make the 64-bit version your default WMP ---
      WMP 64-bit switch ---

      However, even if you are using the default 32-bit WMP video player in your new 64-bit computer, there are historic Windows XP codecs missing such that many historic compressed videos will not play on your 64-bit computer using Microsoft's default 32-bit Windows Media Player, and that is the reason I am writing this essay today.


      Camtasia Studio (for Windows and belatedly the Mac OS) ---
      TechSmith's Home Page for Camtasia Studio ---

      I was an early adopter of Camtasia and produced Camtasia videos on Win95, XP 32-bit, and Windows 7 64-bit computers. In the earliest days I recorded hundreds of Camtasia videos with a microphone so I could narrate while solving homework, quiz, and examination problems on my computer screen. Since many of these were textbook problems and cases  that I could not legally solve in videos  for public viewing, I served my Camtasia video solutions up on a LAN server that only my students could study. Textbook publishers would not have been happy if I put video solutions to their homework problems and cases on a public Web server.

      An example of a very early homework solution video can be found at in the
      PDQ05-15tEST2/PDQ05-.15tEST2.wmv file at
      The mouse motion in this video begins after a minute or so. J had to dig up the original avi version recorded years ago and then recompress the avi version into a wmv compressed video on my new 64-bit, Windows 7 computer.

      Some historic (e.g., 2001) compressions created on my old 32-bit computer will run on 64-bit Windows 7 computers. See for yourself by trying to run any of the sample videos at
      I suspect that I recorded these sample videos at a different audio sampling rate years ago. This does show that there will be problems playing back all 32-bit computer compressions of avi files.

      After some playing around I think that the problem is in the audio sampling rates that TechSmith used in compressing some of my historic videos. TechSmith did not always use the same sampling rates when compressing avi files into wmv,mov, rm, scf, and other compressed versions of avi files.

      The reason for this compatibility problem is that TechSmith does not write codecs. TechSmith relies on codecs available in whatever among codecs built into the Windows operating system you're using. And Microsoft in an uncaring way did not include some of the Windows XP codecs for 32-bit computers  in its Windows 7 upgrade for 64-bit computers.

      Another solution I attempted and that failed to add needed codecs (actually I need Expression since FrontPage is no longer being upgraded)
      Microsoft Expression ---
      Some known problems with Microsoft Expression---

      There are many downloads that might work that I would not trust downloading into my computer. If you want to take a chance with your 64-bit computer be my guest ---
      Also see

      Please let me know if you can playback the 133ex05a.wmv file using these or other solutions (if they did not infect your computer with malware)..
      My playback test videos are at

    • Robert E Jensen

      TeacherTube (a video server for teachers) ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      "Thanks to Google Plus, Picasa Gets Unlimited Storage for Photos & Videos, Also Better Tagging," by Sarah Perez, ReadWriteWeb, July 1, 2011 ---
      Click Here

      With the launch of Google Plus, there may be some confusion as to how the photos uploaded to the social network (Google+) integrate with Google's online photo-sharing service (Picasa), especially in terms of storage limits. The answer provides some great news for Google Plus users - nearly everything you upload to Google Plus won't count towards your storage limits on Picasa, with the only exception being videos longer than 15 minutes.

      And there's another nifty feature involving photo-tagging, too - your Google+ friends can now tag your Picasa photos.

      Thus far I past my photographs on two Web servers at Trinity University:

      Server One
      Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

      Server Two
      More of Bob Jensen's Personal History in Pictures ---


    • Robert E Jensen

      Most faculty serve up video from their university's servers, YouTube, and Tech Smith's Screencast, but there are other alternatives

      "How to Choose the Right Host For Your Online Video," By Robin Miller, ReadWriteWeb, July 25, 2011 ---

      Bob Jensen's video helpers are at

      Also see

    • Robert E Jensen

      Video on "Capitalism at Risk," by Dutch Leonard and Lynn Paine, Harvard Business Review Blog, September 2011 --- Click Here
      September 26, 2011 reply from Ruth Bender

      Cranfield uses its ‘Hot Topics’ videos to get a message across; one video = one message.  Current ones can be accessed at  Or the sidebar on the left lists the lot by subject.  For example, mine are under ‘business, economics and finance’. (The latest was when I got very irritated about something the media were saying about bank privatisation (back a couple of months ago, when we still believed the banks were worth something – which just shows how lousy my forecasting skills are!), so I phoned down to our media studio and asked if they could give me a slot to sound off - .)

      The main challenge is to get your message across quite quickly.  We try to come in under 5 minutes; I don’t think there are any at more than 10.  Nothing too long, as the view is that people’s attention spans on the net are very short.

      Some, like this one, come about because a member of staff or a doctoral student has something to say and wants a platform.  Others come about because the studio asks for a speaker on a topic in the news.

      The other thing which we have built up is a presence on iTunesU (under Cranfield University) which I understand are building quite a following. 

      As to the technicals – we do nothing complicated.  An interviewer against a black background. The interviewer is briefed; the interviewee talks freely.  Some people need editing, and others go out more or less ‘as is’.

      Hope that answers your question.  All of our work is accessed through the Knowledge Interchange on the School’s home page.


    • Robert E Jensen


      ScreenCast from TechSmith is a leading storage/server alternative for your Jing and Camtasia videos ---

      However, there are quite a few other screeencast video capturing alternatives and hosts ---
      This is a pretty impressive Wikipedia comparison site!

      Bob Jensen's video helpers ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      "10 Faculty Perspectives on What Works in Lecture Capture," Chronicle of Higher Education, November 4, 2011 ---

      Bob Jensen's threads on Tools and Tricks of the Trade ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      This may flip you out!
      "New TED-Ed Site Turns YouTube Videos Into ‘Flipped’ Lessons," by Nick DeSantis, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 2012 ---

      YouTube holds a rich trove of videos that could be used in the classroom, but it’s challenging to transform videos into a truly interactive part of a lesson. So the nonprofit group TED has unveiled a new Web site that it hopes will solve this problem—by organizing educational videos and letting professors “flip” them to enhance their lectures.

      The new Web site, unveiled today, lets professors turn TED’s educational videos—as well as any video on YouTube—into interactive lessons inspired by the “flipped” classroom model. The site’s introduction is the second phase of an education-focused effort called TED-Ed, which began last month when the group released a series of highly produced, animated videos on a new YouTube channel.

      The TED-Ed site is both a portal for finding education videos and a tool for flipping them. On one page, videos are organized by themes, such as the pursuit of happiness and inventions that shaped history. Instructors who want to use videos that are directly related to the subjects they teach can visit another page, where videos are organized in more traditional categories such as the arts and health.

      TED’s videos are displayed on lesson pages that include multiple-choice quizzes, open-ended questions, and links to more information about the material. Professors who don’t want to rely on the premade content can press a button to flip the videos and customize some of the questions. With each flipped video, professors receive a unique Web link that they can use to distribute the lesson to students and track their answers.

      And instructors don’t have to rely only on TED’s educational videos to make their lessons. A special tool can flip any video on YouTube, adding sections to a lesson page where professors can write free-form questions and create links to other resources.

      Logan Smalley, TED-Ed’s director, noted that this feature is truly open—instructors could flip viral videos of cats if they wanted to, he said. He said his group wanted to leave the possibilities of flipped videos up to the people building the lessons.

      “We didn’t want to limit what people might want to use to teach,” he said. He added that designers provide a way for users to flag any published lesson that they feel is inappropriate.

      Michael S. Garver, a professor of marketing at Central Michigan University, has been testing the site and called it a tool to improve teaching that will bring more voices into the classroom. For the last seven years, Mr. Garver has been making his own videos, and he said the site will allow professors to turn videos created by experts into fresh lessons for class discussions.

      “It’s kind of a way to showcase the talent around the country,” he said.

      Bob Jensen's threads on Tools and Tricks of the Trade ---




      YouTube's Interactive Transcripts (Video, Search)
      You can search video and start the video when a particular word crops up
      YouTube's Interactive Transcripts ---

      YouTube added a cool feature for videos with closed captions: you can now click on the "transcript" button to expand the entire listing. If you click on a line, YouTube will show the excerpt from the video corresponding to the text. If you use your browser's find feature, you can even search inside the video. Here's an an example of video that includes a transcript.

      Bob Jensen's search helpers are at



    • Robert E Jensen

      "Creating and Sharing Videos That Are Not Too Long and Not Too Short: Two services let you gather photos and video clips, and upload them for automated video editing," by Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2013 ---

      . . .

      This week, I tested two such services, Magisto and Animoto. Both work on iPhones and Android phones, but also via Web browsers on PCs and Macs. Both offer free versions, as well as paid versions with richer features.

      I found both worked well, but Magisto was easier to use. It, however, offered fewer options and less control. It's focused on automated video editing based on algorithms it claims allow it to deduce the gist, or emotion, of the video, in accordance with the theme. Animoto offers more customization, with a greater variety of styles and more manual controls. It keys its production mainly from the music you choose.

      Each has some drawbacks, but I generally preferred Magisto. It took less time and its free version offers longer videos. I'd use Animoto if I wanted greater control.

      With each service, I was able to make short videos of family events like Thanksgiving dinner and a wedding, which took almost no effort and time. The videos looked professional and pleasing to people with whom I shared them.

      Both services store your videos on their servers. Both allow you to share your videos by sending links to select groups of friends and family. They also allow you to share videos more widely on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. But neither is a social network itself. Both offer either music they've licensed or allow you to upload your own.

      Magisto, which launched in 2012, makes videos of up to one minute and 15 seconds long free of charge. A paid version costs $5 a month or $18 a year for videos of up to 2½ minutes.

      Animoto, which has been around since 2007 (it started out as a way to make slide shows from photos), gives you just 30-second videos free and charges $5 a month, or $30 a year, for videos of up to 10 minutes long, though the company says average projects are two to three minutes. Animoto also has costlier plans with longer durations for professionals like wedding photographers.

      I used short video clips of events and tried each service in a Web browser and via iPhone apps. I emailed links to friends and family and did test posts to Facebook.

      Magisto has a beautiful, clean interface, with clearly labeled steps and buttons that say "Next," and, when you're done, "It's a Wrap!" and "You're Done." Like Animoto, the automated process takes a few minutes to produce the movie on its servers and notify you by email when your movie is ready.

      My finished Magisto movies looked good and weren't cheesy. The service adds panning and zooming to photos, changes from color to monochrome, and creatively shows your video clips—for instance, quickly repeating key sections, or stopping the videos to make it look like a photo is being snapped, complete with a shutter sound. I especially liked one wedding project I did accompanied by the song "Chapel of Love."

      But Magisto's main drawback is that it only offers 11 themes and I found these either too specific or general to match my projects. The company says it's adding more themes. Also, the iPhone version is marred by a giant pop-up ad for a sponsor running a contest.

      Animoto took longer to use, partly because I found its interface harder to decode, and partly because it let me choose which parts of my video clips it would use. Animoto only uses 10 seconds of each of your clips in its finished movie, interspersing these segments with photos and text you create. By default, it takes the first 10 seconds you create.

      But Animoto doesn't work in a clear step-by-step fashion. In particular, when you're done, instead of saying the movie is completed and being processed on the server, it merely has a button saying you can preview the video.

      But Animoto has features Magisto lacks, like the ability to add text frames and 44 styles. These included many general ones, like "Air" and "Fire," that would work with more projects.

      I found my Animoto movies were pleasant, but a bit more basic than the Magisto examples. The same wedding looked less interesting and more like a slide show with some effects in Animoto.

      Your reactions may differ, however, and your material may lend itself better to one service than the other. Both work well and I urge you to try them if you want more than Vine or Instagram offer, with less work than a full video-editing app.

      Bob Jensen's video helpers are at

    • Robert E Jensen

      Chromecast ---

      Streaming Television = Google's Chromecast + a hardware Dongle
      "Chromecast Review: Finally, an Easy Way to Watch the Web on TV," by Rachel Meltz, MIT's Technology Review, July 30, 2013 --- Click Here

      Jensen Comment
      I have pretty good experience with the HDMI connection on my high-end Dell Laptop (called Studio) ---

      My wireless connection to the HDMI plug is rather unreliable so I instead take my laptop close to the television set and use a hard wire connection. It works great.

      The problem is that lower-end cheaper laptops do not have the HDMI port. I think the Chromecast dongle only requires a USB port.

    • Robert E Jensen

      "University of Leeds Plans to Capture 50,000 Hours of Video Annually With Mediasite," by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology, February 10, 2014 ---

      The University of Leeds in the United Kingdom is deploying Sonic Foundry's Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform for lecture capture and multimedia management. The Mediasite system automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand videos and rich media.

      "This is a significant investment which will transform teaching and learning here at Leeds," said Neil Morris, director of digital learning at the university, in a prepared statement. "Not only can we capture all our audio and video assets, but Mediasite will allow us to store, manage and publish content across multiple channels."

      While the university had previously captured lectures on a limited scale, it wanted to scale up its efforts with a single video platform that integrates with its Blackboard learning management system. Expecting to capture about 50,000 hours of content annually, the school plans to record lectures and other teaching activities to give students a flexible and personalized approach to learning. All content will be searchable, secure and managed in one place via Mediasite.

      "We know our students learn in different ways, so as well as attending lectures, this gives them the opportunity to engage with the materials wherever they may be and at their own pace," continued Morris. "Whether that's going over topics that are particularly complex or using recordings to help with revision, this new system will provide over 30,000 students with outstanding resources to support their learning."

      Continued in article

      Bob Jensen's video helpers are at

      Also note that BYU teaches the first two accounting courses almost entirely on video with only infrequent classroom meetings ---

    • Robert E Jensen