Media: Audio/Video | Creating More Engaging Content

Incorporating Media Online: why use different media?

The provision of image, audio, video, and interactive content is a key benefit of online learning and can be a valuable tool in engaging learners. The University has a comprehensive set of services and tools to support staff in their use of media in all aspects of teaching and other university activities. You will also find some fantastic advice on finding, creating and using a variety of media at JISC Digital Media

Copyright, Academic Integrity & Intellectual Property

When incorporating any media created by anyone other than yourself (including students) it is important to make sure that you are operating within the terms of Copyright, Licensing and IPR.

The easiest way to make sure you’re not infringing on copyright regulations is to make use of Creative Commons and Public Domain works. Some of these are listed in the specific media section (audio, video, images) but there are many sources if you do a quick search.

Planning media content

Creating and incorporating video, audio, and even image content into your learning materials requires some planning to make sure that the content is supporting and teaching learners in the way you want, to make sure that it’s of acceptable quality, and that copyright and IPR have been protected. Our planning resources will explain some simple things that you need to consider when making use of media content.

Recording your lecture / Panopto

The University uses Panopto Lecture Capture System. You can also use Panopto to create prerecorded pieces of learning, for example, a voice over powerpoint presentation or for capturing your lecture presentation as it is delivered. Read our Panopto guides for information about why and how to use Panopto.

Making use of audio content

Audio resources are useful method for adding variety to your course content. Our Audio Guides will provide you with information about sourcing audio content, recording your own, and how to edit audio, as well as getting it onto your Blackboard modules.

Making use of video content

Video is now a great way of adding variety to your learning resources and there’s a huge variety of pre-made content out there that you can use. Our Video Guides provide you with information about where to find useful videos, how to record and edit your own video resources, as well as how to add it to your Blackboard modules.

Adding images to your content

Images are extremely useful to illustrate key concepts and can also be used to break up a module or highlight certain tasks. The Image Guides will show you how to source, edit and add images to your Blackboard courses.


For audio, video and classroom technologies, there are specialist teams providing Media Services. These teams are there to support the effective use of audio and visual media in teaching, learning and research, providing facilities, equipment, production services, advice and training.