Clipper Feedback – ALT-Members

John,
  Took a look at this. It looks to be the kind of simple tool that is needed for promoting the use of OER video. I’ve had a YouTube channel for several years now, and I can see Clipper developing into a very useful tool for using videos in my teaching.
I did a small survey a year or so ago about the use of my YouTube videos and found many teachers were using them in teaching (and students for their learning) but very few were re-purposing the OER materials other than taking timed clips (a common finding in the literature). A tool like yours is going some way to making it easier for educators to re-purpose OER video in this way.
Just some thoughts about its functions etc.
I know most educational videos are on YouTube, but it would be good to include other repositories (e.g. Vimeo ). I think you say you are going to do that.
I use videos in my own teaching (made by me and by others) and I often just want a clip rather than the whole video. I embed the videos in my VLE web pages (Blackboard) and my ppt files using the embed code from YouTube and the specified start time facility. But of course there is no specifiable end point – which is what Clipper gives. It would be good to be able to embed Clipper clips in the same way in my VLE (I use the HTML code). Even better if those embedded clips could include the annotation that Clipper allows. That way, also using the VLE ability to include linking text, I could build up whole lessons. Or maybe including such linking text could be done within the Cliplist and that could be embedded in the VLE.
BTW embedding in the VLE is good because that way I can keep track of usage via the analytics in BlackBoard.
Obvious extensions of the annotation tool would be to enable it to be linked to places in the video screen, and (a big ask this) to enable interaction in the annotations such as MCQs.
I couldn’t find any way to inspect my clip or cliplist. I suppose I could share it with myself by email, but it would be simpler to do this in the website itself.
I used to have to use the search for video facility in the Mashup facility in BlackBoard in order to insert videos in my  pages (there was a bug re using the YouTube embed code – now fixed). This was a pain, partly because I already knew the video URL but I still had to find some appropriate metadata in order to ‘find’ it in the search tool. So here’s a plea, in the tool for finding videos, please allow the user to enter the URL if they already know it as well as having the option of searching for it by name/metadata etc.
Graham

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