Media Storage Options at Penn State

As an alternative to uploading large files such as audio and video to an individual ANGEL course section, instructors can use other media storage options offered at Penn State. Instructors can also request a file size limit to student drop box submissions from ANGEL Support. Using these options can help prevent reaching the 1.5 GB course size limit.

Several media storage options are described below, along with their pros and cons.

Instructor Materials

Within ANGEL

Learning Object Repositories

See http://cmshelp.psu.edu/lor.htm.

Store Lessons tab content here, then link to that content from one or many courses.

Pros:

  • Update content in the learning object repository and all courses linked to that content are automatically updated.

Cons:

  • Requires use of the Import from Learning Object Repository tool that may be unfamiliar to you. For details, reference the Import Content from a Learning Object Repository help topic.

Master Courses

See http://cmshelp.psu.edu/master_course.htm.

Develop your entire course here, and then copy it into your official course. Use this as your template for each new semester you teach the course.

Pros:

  • Master courses are not archived after six months of inactivity, as groups are.
  • An alternative to using a group for course development, as master courses have a 1.5 GB limit, and groups only have an initial 300 MB limit.

Cons:

Requires use of the Copy Course tool that may be unfamiliar to you. For details, reference the Copy Course help topic.

    Outside of ANGEL

    Video and Audio Streaming

    See http://streaming.psu.edu/.

    Note: The QuickTime Streaming Service is scheduled to be discontinued on November 1, 2015. Please see http://video.psu.edu for more information regarding this replacement.

    This is the official Penn State service place to store and serve streaming video and audio. There are no quotas per person, but there is a file size limit of 1 GB for any single uploaded file.

    Pros:

    • Optimized for storing and serving streaming video. ANGEL is not.

    Cons:

    • Initial time investment to learn how to use the service.

    iTunes U for Podcasts

    See https://itunes.psu.edu/.

    If you have podcast content ready to use, you can store and serve it there to just your students or the public. There is no set cap on how large a file can be in iTunes U.

    Pros:

    • Service is optimized for storing and serving podcasts.

    Cons:

    • Initial time investment to learn how to use the service.

    Penn State Access Account Storage Space (PASS)

    See http://www.personal.psu.edu/.

    You can store any type of file here. You are initially allotted 500 MB of storage space, and can self-increase your quota up to 10 GB if you need it. You can also restrict access to this space.

    Pros:

    • You can request additional storage space.

    Cons:

    Student Submissions

    Within ANGEL

    File Size Limit in Drop Boxes

    An instructor can request that ANGEL Support place a limit on drop box file size submissions for a course.

    Pros:

    • Will control overall course file size in courses with large enrollment and/or large projects.

    Cons:

    • Applies to all drop boxes in the course; cannot be set for individual drop boxes.
    • Limit is applied per file, not per submission, i.e., a student can upload two 2 MB files in one submission if the limit is set to 3 MB and multiple submissions for the drop box are permitted.

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