Saint Louis University

So you want to start recording your lectures in class, or you want to record some additional content for your students on a specific topic, but you're not sure how to get started. The basics of Tegrity are very simple - if you have a microphone, a computer with the Tegrity Recorder installed, and the ability to press "play", "pause" and "stop", you can start making recordings.   As you become more comfortable using Tegrity there are also more advanced features that you can take advantage of.

Topics Covered:

Links to Tegrity's Help Website

Tegrity Basics

Guide to Tegrity Icons
Guide to the My Tegrity homepage
Guide to the Tegrity Viewer

Overview: How to Record a Lecture
Recording Statuses - What do they mean?
When are Chapters/Thumbnails Created?

 

Recording Management

Set the Download Options for Recordings
Enable Webcast (Streaming) of a Recording

How to Rename a Recording
How to Delete a Recording
How to Edit Chapter Information

Guide to Generating Reports
Tegrity Section 508 Compliance Report

Faculty How-To FAQs

1. Where is Tegrity Lecture Capture available?

2. How do I get the Tegrity Recorder installed on my computer?

3. How do I upgrade the Tegrity Recorder on my personal computer?

4. How do I check what version of the Tegrity Recorder is installed on my computer?

5. How do you access Tegrity recordings?

6. Does your Blackboard Learn course have to be ‘Available' for students to see recordings for that course in Tegrity?

7. By default all new recordings are ‘Published', or visible, to students once they are uploaded to Tegrity. How can I change this?

8. Can I hide individual Tegrity recordings in the course while other recordings are available to students?

9. How can I edit a Tegrity recording to remove a section of the recording?

10. How long are Tegrity recordings stored?

11. What is the ‘Private Course' in my Tegrity course list?

12. How do I copy or move a recording into another course in Tegrity?

13. How can I tell which of my courses have Tegrity recordings?

14. Can I create new Tegrity recordings if my computer is not connected to the Internet?

15. How do I create a link to the Tegrity recordings for my Blackboard course?


1. Where is Tegrity Lecture Capture available?

  • Classrooms: Information technology services (ITS) is working to enable all campus classrooms to be able use the Tegrity Lecture Capture solution. Many classrooms have already been completed and are ready for instructors to begin using Tegrity. Click here to view a list of Tegrity-enabled classrooms.

2. How do I get the Tegrity Recorder installed on my computer?

  • If you have a SLU-managed PC: Please contact the IT Service Desk to request the Tegrity Recorder.
    1. Once installed, a new "Login To Tegrity" shortcut will appear on your desktop.  The shortcut opens a browser window to slu.tegrity.com
    2. Click the shortcut and log in to Tegrity using your normal SLU ID and password.
    3. Click the button to "Start a Recording" at the top left of the screen - this will launch the Tegrity Recorder so you can create a test recording.
    4. Now the Tegrity Recorder icon will appear in your system tray. In the future you can launch the Tegrity Recorder by clicking the system tray icon.
      Tegrity system tray icon
  • If you have a personal PC: Please follow the How to Install the Tegrity Recorder (Windows) instructions. You must have administrator rights to your computer.
  • If you have a Mac:
    1. Open a browser and log in to slu.tegrity.com
    2. Click the link to Download Recorder
    3. Once the recorder is downloaded, be sure to close all browser windows
    4. Follow the How to Install Mac Recorder steps to install the recorder.
    5. Once installed, open your browser again to slu.tegrity.com.
    6. Now you should see the button to Start a Recording - click this link to make your first recording.
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3. How do I upgrade the Tegrity Recorder on my personal computer?
  • After an upgrade is applied to the Tegrity servers, sometimes an upgrade is also required for the Tegrity Recorder installed on your individual computers. The Recorder can silently upgrade in the background.  Here are the steps to kick-off the upgrade if a new version is available.
    1. Login to the Tegrity website at slu.tegrity.com with an account that has rights to create recordings in at least one course (either as an instructor, or as a student in a course with the Student Recording feature enabled).
    2. Click the 'Start a Recording' button to launch the Tegrity Recorder.
    3. Select a course and click to start recording.
    4. Record for at least 30 seconds, then stop and upload the recording.
    5. Wait a few minutes after the upload is complete and check to confirm the Tegrity Recorder was updated to the latest version.
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4. How do I check what version of the Tegrity Recorder is installed on my computer?
  • If you have a PC:
    1. Locate the Tegrity Recorder icon in your system tray, at the bottom right corner of the screen.
    2. Tight-click on the Tegrity icon and click "About.."
  • If you have a Mac:
    1. Click the Tegrity Recorder icon in the Applications folder.
    2. Select the "Tegrity Recorder" menu located in the top-left corner of the screen.
    3. Select "About Tegrity Recorder".
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5. How do you access Tegrity recordings?
  • After a recording is completed, the captured lecture is uploaded to the Tegrity server, processed, and made available to students through Tegrity. The time it takes to process a recording varies based on the length of the recording and if instructor video, etc. is included, but an hour long recording of the computer screen and instructor audio takes about an hour to process.
    1. Every Blackboard Learn course has a "Tegrity Classes" link in the course menu. Clicking this link will log users in to Tegrity and display any recordings for the course. If Instructors do not wish to use Tegrity for a Blackboard Learn course, simply click the arrows to the right of the Tegrity Classes link and select Hide Link.
    2. Users can also log in to Tegrity directly at slu.tegrity.com with their SLU ID and password.
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6. Does your Blackboard Learn course have to be 'Available' for students to see recordings for that course in Tegrity?

  • Yes, before students can view recordings for a course in Tegrity the course must be made available in Blackboard Learn. This is because Blackboard drives the access users have in Tegrity. Visit the Blackboard Learn Faculty Support pages for instructions.
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7. By default all new recordings are 'Published', or visible, to students once they are uploaded to Tegrity. How can I change this?
  • For each course, you can choose if new recordings uploaded into that course are 'Published', or made available, to students automatically
    1. Log in to Tegrity and click on the name of the course.
    2. Click on the 'Course Tasks' button at the top left of the page.
    3. Click on the 'Course Settings' option - this will open the recording, publishing and delivery settings page for the course.
    4. Un-check the box next to 'Publish recordings after upload' to prevent new recordings from being visible to students as soon as they are uploaded.
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8. Can I hide individual Tegrity recordings in the course while other recordings are available to students?
  • Yes, each recording can be published independently.
    1. Log in to Tegrity and click on the name of the course where the recording is stored.
    2. In the list of recordings find the recording that you want to hide from all students in the course.
    3. Check the box to the right of the recording name, and then click on the 'Recording Tasks' button at the top right of the page.
    4. Click on the 'Publish' option - a window will open. Select the 'Never' option to hide the recording from students in the course (the recording will show to the instructor as Not Published).
    5. Click Save.
     
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9. How can I edit a Tegrity recording to remove a section of the recording?
  • Use the Tegrity Editor to cut a portion of a recording, for example to remove the first minutes of class as everyone is settling down.
    1. Log in to Tegrity and click on the name of the course where the recording is stored.
    2. Use the copy action to make a copy of your original recording before making any edits (just in case you make a mistake).
    3. In the list of recordings find the recording that you want to edit to cut out a portion of the recording.
    4. Check the box to the right of the recording name and then click on the 'Recording Tasks' button at the top right of the page.
    5. Click on the 'Edit Recording' option - the Tegrity Recording Editor window will open.
    6. In the Editor window, choose 'Cut' in the list of options at the top left of the window; the 'From' and 'To' fields will display,
    7. Use the play button and the slide bar to advance to the beginning of the part of the recording that you want to remove. Click the 'From' button at the left of the page to set the start time for the cut.
    8. Use the play button and the slide bar to advance to the end of the part of the recording that you want to remove. Click the 'To' button to set the end time for the cut.
    9. Click the 'Cut' button at the bottom left of the page to make the edit and cut out the specified portion of the recording.
    10. Click on the course name above the editor area to return to the list of recordings for the course. 
    11. Wait for the edits to process. Tegrity recommends logging out of Tegrity & closing the browser window before you watch the edited recording or make additional cuts to ensure your browser has not cached the original recording information.
     
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10. How long are Tegrity recordings stored?
  • Tegrity recordings that are associated with Banner courses are stored for the entire term, plus 6 additional weeks after the term has ended. To keep recordings longer than that, faculty must move them into their Private Course into the Tegrity system. Recordings stored in an instructor's Private Course are stored indefinitely, however instructors are asked to only save content that they anticipate needing in the future since the University will be charged for all storage. Please see the Tegrity retention policy for more details.
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11. What is the 'Private Course' in my Tegrity course list?
  • Every instructor has a private course in Tegrity that only they have access to. Your private course exists only in the Tegrity system. The course name is "Your Name Private Course". The private course is useful when you want to test using Tegrity to record a lecture but don’t want students to be able to access the recording. You can always save your recordings into your private course initially and then copy them into a Banner course at a later time. Content in your private course will not be deleted by the regular scheduled deletions of Tegrity content at the end of a term, so you can use your private course to store recordings that you want to reuse in the future.
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12. How do I copy or move a recording into another course in Tegrity?
  1. Log in to Tegrity and click on the name of the course that contains the recording(s) you wish to move.
  2. Check the box to the right of the recording(s) you wish to move to another course.
  3. Click the 'Recording Tasks' button at the top right of the window.
  4. Select either Copy or Move. (Note: Move is the preferred option unless your students in the course still need access to the recording.)
  5. When the dialog box for the copy/move comes up, scroll down to select the course to copy/move the recording into and click on the 'Copy Recording' button.
  6. The message "Recording(s) have been queued for copying/moving" will display. Click the OK button.
  7. Check back to verify that your recording(s) is now available in the other course.
    Tegrity Move Recording window
    Note: When recordings are moved to a new course, the link for the recording changes. If you used the 'Share Recording' option to provide viewers with a link to the recording, you will need to get the new link after the recording is moved.
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13. How can I tell which of my courses have Tegrity recordings?
  • The 'Courses' page lists all your Blackboard Learn courses along with the number of recordings associated with each course. Just log in to Tegrity to view the 'Courses' page. 
  • The number of recordings along with the last upload date is listed directly under each course. (A in the image below)
  • The number on the far right of each course name represents the number of recordings that you have not yet viewed. (B in the image below)
    My Tegrity page
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14. Can I create new Tegrity recordings if my computer is not connected to the Internet?
  • Yes, but before you can create recordings offline, you will need to first set the Tegrity Recorder to 'Remember' your login credentials.
  • Be sure to only have the Tegrity Recorder “remember” you on a computer where you log in with your own username and password to avoid other users having access to your Tegrity account.
    1. While your computer is connected to the Internet, launch the Tegrity Recorder.
    2. Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields.
    3. Then check the box next to ‘Remember me on this computer’ and click ‘OK’ to log in to the Recorder.
    4. You can now create a recording or simply close the Tegrity Recorder.
    5. The next time you start the Tegrity Recorder on the computer, you will not be prompted to enter your username and password.
  • The Tegrity Recorder will now cache a list of the Blackboard Learn courses that you are enrolled in. So you do not need an Internet connection in order to log in to Tegrity to pull your course list.
  • This also allows you to create Tegrity Recordings even when the Blackboard Learn system is unavailable for maintenance.
  • Keep in mind that your recordings will just be stored on your computer and not uploaded to the Tegrity server until the computer from which you made your recordings is connected to the Internet. Follow the instructions to upload a recording on a PC or to upload a recording on a Mac to manually upload your new recordings to the Tegrity server once you have Internet access.
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15. How do I create a link to the Tegrity recordings for my Blackboard course?

Tegrity is available as a Tool within Blackboard, so instructors can easily add a link on the Course Menu or any course Content Area to the list of Tegrity recordings for the course.

  • To add a link to Tegrity to the Course Menu:
    1. Open the Blackboard course and confirm that Edit Mode is on.
    2. On the Course Menu on the upper left hand side of the screen, click the Add Menu Button (looks like a plus sign.) A drop down menu will appear.
    3. Click on the Tool Link option; a pop-up box will appear.
    4. In the Name field, type "Tegrity Recordings" or another name you prefer.
    5. In the Type dropdown, select Tegrity Lecture Capture.
    6. Check the Available to Users checkbox to make it visible to students.
    7. Click Submit to save the new link, which will appear at the bottom of the Course Menu. The Tegrity link can be clicked and dragged to a new location in the course menu.
  • To add a link to Tegrity to a Content Area:
    1. Open the Blackboard course and confirm that Edit Mode is on.
    2. Hover over the Tools button at the top of the page. Click the More Tools option, then click on Tegrity Lecture Capture.
    3. Enter a name for the link, add any descriptive text that you would like, and select the Available option so students can see the link.
    4. Click the Submit button to save the link, which will appear at the bottom of the Content Area. You can drag and drop the link to move it to a new location on the page.
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Best Practices for Recording

1. Keep it simple - Do not over-complicate it, especially in the beginning. To record a lecture, you will need a microphone and the ability to press "play", "pause" and "stop".

2. Open all your lecture/presentation materials before you start recording. It will make it easier for you to conduct your presentation once the recording has begun.

  • If more than one application or file will be used, open them in the order that they will be presented.
  • Minimize all windows except for the first one to be presented.

3. Close all other applications that will not be used during the recording to reduce confusion and possibly recording unintended content.

  • Having extra programs running may conflict with the Tegrity Recorder or cause the computer to run slowly.

4.  Once you start the Tegrity Recorder, wait a moment before starting your lecture. You may see the screen flicker black, or a message "Recording will start momentarily..." pops up then closes. When the Tegrity Toolbar is visible in the bottom right corner of your screen (on PCs) the recording has started.

  • Nothing is being recorded until the Tegrity Recorder toolbar is displayed.
  • On many computers the screen will flicker black momentarily to indicate the recording has started.

Tegrity Recorder toolbar PC

5. Use the Pause function on the Tegrity Recorder toolbar to temporarily stop the recording. This is useful when you take a break during class or need to change content. A 'paused' message will display to remind you to un-pause when you are ready to resume recording.

  • Pause at the beginning of a recording to give you time to setup your presentation.
  • Pause when you switch between applications during a recording.
  • Pause when you want to say something 'off the record' to your students.
  • Be sure to remember to CLICK ON PAUSE AGAIN to resume the recording!

6. Repeat the question - When students ask a question or make a comment, it is recommended that you repeat their question or comment so it will be picked up by the recording.

  • Not all microphones can pick up voices in all parts of the classroom.
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