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Turning video tutorials into great notes

Do you find that some of the videos in your eCampus NZ courses are too speedy, making it difficult to take notes?

Don’t worry, we have added new information about how to turn on our LinkedIn Learning video captions and download full written transcripts to our support site, Tō Tautoko.

For those of you not familiar with our support site, this blog post will explain how to do it as well.

This will make it much easier to follow the videos, learn new vocabulary, and write notes like a pro.

It also helps to make our courses accessible to more people.

Closed captions

Turning on video captions can help you:

– Follow video content (particularly if you have a hearing impairment or language processing disorder)
– Learn new vocabulary

How to add captions

Adding captions for LinkedIn Learning Course Videos is really easy and only takes a moment.

Captions are available for most eCampus NZ course videos in the LinkedIn Learning library, denoted by the CC button.

To turn on captions:

  1. Select the course you wish to view.
  2. At the bottom right of the player window, click the CC button.
  3. The captions will now appear as the video plays.

Video transcripts

Video transcripts show the video content in writing.

These can be useful for notetaking and reviewing course content.

Transcripts are available for the majority of LinkedIn Learning courses, but only on desktop at this stage. Transcripts are written documents outlining the audio content of the video. They are a good resource for reviewing the course content and great way to search for specific information within a course.

To access transcripts:

  1. Select the course you wish to view.
  2. Below the player, click the Transcript tab, which has three horizontal lines

You can either scroll through the transcripts or follow along as the instructor speaks.

You can also search for keywords in a transcript:

  1. Click the Transcript
  2. In the Find in transcript search box, enter the word or term you’d like to find.
    • You can also select if you’d search In this video or In this course.
  3. Beneath the search bar, preview sections of the course or video where your search terms appear will be highlighted.
  4. Click one of the preview sections to jump to that point in the video or course.

Notes:

  • Transcripts are clickable. You can click on any part of the transcript to jump to the corresponding portion of the video.
  • Not all courses include transcripts, so if you do not see the Transcripts tab, it’s possible that the course you are viewing does not offer them at this time.

The benefits of taking notes

As you move through your courses, you’ll come across information that you need to revisit and remember.

Taking good notes will help you to:

  • Remember the information you’re learning.
  • Plan your assessments.
  • Create a record of your learning you can refer back to when you have finished your course.

How can I keep my notes organised?

No matter which tool you use, it’s important that you keep your notes organised so you can easily refer back to them later. Try the following strategies:

  • Recording the date on which you are taking your notes whenever you start a study session.
  • Arranging information under headings, so you’ll easily be able to find what you’re looking for.
  • Naming documents and files clearly, so you know exactly what’s in them without opening them.
  • Using colour to highlight keywords and definitions.

We hope that this blog post has helped to show you how to get LinkedIn Learning video closed captions and video transcripts. Hopefully this will make our course videos more accessible!

Check eCampus NZ’s support site Tō Tautoko for more information on using closed captions, video transcripts and note-taking when you’re learning online.

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