While some faculty may direct students toward a particular piece of software for recording presentations, offering them flexibility will increase the chances students can successfully record and submit a recording, regardless of their level of access. A parallel guide for students provides more directions for them in addition to the overview of options provided here.

Options for Recording

Students can choose one of the following options to record a presentation: 


Students can create a Zoom meeting, then present and record in the cloud or locally. If they record locally, the video will need to be uploaded to another site like YouTube or Google Drive. In either case, they will need to make a link available to you.

Narrated PowerPoint

Students can record audio as a voiceover to go along with slides. If they use a Mac, they can use Quicktime to record themselves presenting with the slides. 

Phone, tablet, or computer

Students can use the video option on a device to make a recording.


Uploading Videos

Students can upload a video to the platform of their choice and then submit a link. You can suggest the following options for students to upload videos; student-oriented versions of directions are also available.


Zoom recordings can be saved to the cloud or saved locally. If the video is saved locally, students will need to make it available through other means such as YouTube or Google Drive.


YouTube can be used to post videos and share links. YouTube has three levels of access: private, which would only be available to you; unlisted, which would be accessible with the link but not searchable; and public, which is accessible with a link or a search. Generally, unlisted will work well to provide a means of making videos available while also making them not open to the world.

Google Drive

Students can upload videos to your Google drive and share the link with the class. They will need to make sure the file has appropriate permissions so others can access it.

Submitting Videos

Depending on how the video will be used, the link to an uploaded video can be submitted using the regular assignments area of Blackboard, which would make it only accessible to the professor. If students submit the link to a discussion board on Blackboard, others can view the video as well, which is helpful if you have them do any sort of peer review or otherwise need students to see others’ work.


Office / Department Name

Oral Communication Center

Contact Name

Amy Gaffney

Oral Communication Center Director

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