Tips for Reducing File Size

Do you have large document files that you are trying to send to colleagues or upload to an online site such as myLesley, VoiceThread, OneDrive, or SharePoint? In many cases, compressing your files, images, and videos will help to reduce your overall file size and meet size restrictions.

As a best practice, when uploading large files you will want to make sure that you are using a fast, stable Internet connection.

Documents (Microsoft Word)

You can reduce the file size of your document by compressing images. The compression options reduce both the file size and image dimensions based on how you intend to use the picture, such as viewing on screen or in an e-mail message. You can compress all images in the file or just the ones that you select.

For more information see:
Reduce Your File Size in Office for Mac
Reduce the File Size of a Picture in Microsoft Office (PC)

Presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint)

You can reduce the file size of your presentation by compressing images and media content. The compression options reduce both the file size and media dimensions based on how you intend to use the media.

For more information see:
Reduce Your File Size in Office for Mac
Reduce the File Size of a Picture in Microsoft Office (PC)
Compress Your Media Files

PDFs

You can reduce the file size in your PDF by compressing the entire PDF. This will reduce overall file size.

For more information see:
Optimizing PDFs in Acrobat Pro
Reduce the Size of Your PDF Online using Small PDF

Images

You can reduce the file size of your images by resizing. Please note that resizing an image will slightly reduce the image quality.

For more information see:
How to Resize a JPEG Using Paint in Windows
How to Resize a JPEG Using Preview in Mac OS X
How to Resize a JPEG Using an Image Resizing Website

Video

You can reduce the file size of your videos by saving in a different format, resizing, or compressing the file. Please note that this may slightly reduce the video quality.

For more information see:
How to Reduce Video Size Using Handbrake on PC
How to Reduce Video Size Using Handbrake on Mac
How to Reduce Video Size Using iMovie (Mac)

Atomic Learning is now Hoonuit!

Hoonuit logoYou have eLearning resources at your finger tips with Hoonuit–formerly known as Atomic Learning. If you had the opportunity to use Atomic Learning before, you know that this online tool provides you with on-demand personalized learning. Hoonuit (pronounced “who knew it”) has evolved beyond software training and now features software and technology training, student resources, instructional strategies, leadership resources, and online teaching/blended learning resources.

What kinds of resources does Hoonuit offer?

Hoonuit features a robust library of eLearning content for faculty, students, and staff including:

Software and Technology Training:

  • Microsoft Office Products
  • Collaborating and Sharing Using Office 365
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Google
  • And more!

Student Resources:

  • Preparing for a College Workload
  • Becoming a Good Note Taker
  • Strategies for Working in a Group
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Successful Time Management
  • Networking and Internships
  • And more!

Instructional Strategies:

  • Questioning Strategies
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Writing Effective Learning Outcomes
  • Digital Video in Class
  • Universal Design
  • And more!

Leadership Resources:

  • FERPA
  • Successful Time Management
  • How Do I Grow My PLN?
  • Leadership Styles
  • And more!

Online Teaching/Blended Learning:

  • Creating Engaging Lessons Online
  • Succeeding in an Online Class
  • Being an Effective Online Student
  • Effective Online Discussions
  • And more!

A l list of some of the available resources may be found here: Hoonuit Higher Education Resource List.

Sounds great! How do I access Hoonuit?

Simply go to http://atomiclearning.com/login/lesley and log in with your myLesley username and password. You may also click on the Hoonuit module on your myLesley Home tab.

Introducing Kaltura Media’s Interactive Video Quiz

Kaltura Media’s new Interactive Video Quiz tool allows users to seamlessly embed multiple choice questions at any point in a video through a user-friendly interface. As viewers watch the video, the questions will appear at the chosen points and the video continues after each question is answered. Flexible settings allow creators to choose whether viewers can repeat sections, skip questions, revise answers, get hints, and discover the correct answers, allowing the Interactive Video Quiz to be used to increase engagement, test knowledge and retention, gather data, and more.

The following video tutorial will walk you through the process of creating an Interactive Video Quiz.

More information on creating an Interactive Video Quiz may be found here: Creating an Interactive Video Quiz.

Interested in seeing the video quiz from the student perspective? The following video tutorial will walk you through the process of taking an Interactive Video Quiz as a student.

Using the Deep Web for Research

Doing research for a paper or project and relying only on Google can mean never seeing the most useful content. It may be locked behind a password. Fortunately, the Lesley Library has databases full of articles, ebooks, videos and images available to you as a Lesley student, faculty or staff person.
 

To get started, go to the ‘my library’ tab in myLesley and start searching. Don’t forget to Ask a Librarian if you need help.
SearchLibrary

Common Craft has over 80 videos like the one above. View their video library and contact elis@lesley.edu for assistance embedding it in your myLesley course.

Set Up Your Holiday Devices

Did you receive a shiny new gadget for the holidays? Are you giving someone a new device? Did your kids (or parents) get a new iPad or Surface and need your help to set it up? Have no idea where to start?

holidaydeviceFortunately, Atomic Learning has your back. They have short video tutorials to help you register and get started with your new toy including iPad, Surface, Kindle, Xbox One and PlayStation. They also have a section on online safety. Videos are short and to the point allowing you to get up and running quickly rather than fighting with your tech.

Log into Atomic Learning with your myLesley username and password. Then access the Holiday Devices tutorial series or search for “Holiday Devices.”