Table of contents and automatic jump points

Table of contents and automatic jump points
 03-19-2018
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From an educator (academic and otherwise) and learner perspective, the slide-based ToC and quick reference jump points that Office Mix created were what truly set that apart. To lose this in the so-called integration to Stream is profoundly disappointing -- and is a glaring absence in the PowerPoint recording feature.

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As Office Mix is being integrated into PowerPoint and our content is being migrated into Stream it looks like we are going to lose the ability to navigate contents quickly (i.e. table of contents and skipping sections). This feature was a great tool for my students to be in control of how they approach the content - skipping ahead or revisiting concepts at their discretion.

 

Put simply, an embedded Mix is different to an embedded Stream. I am embedding into OneNote but I am pretty sure the same would be true if I was adding the content to a Sway or similar.

 

Here is a screenshot to illustrate:

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I share many of the same concerns. Just this fall (before being notified that Mix was being abandoned), I created a bunch of Office Mix lectures with embedded quiz questions. My school's LMS (Canvas) offers Mix as an app and so I was able to link my Mixes with my gradebook so that students not only could take the quiz as the viewed the video, but the results would automatically feed into my Canvas gradebook.

Then I found out about the move to Stream so I dutifully and successfully migrated my Mixes to Stream. The problem is that all the quiz questions have been stripped out. Even if the quiz questions were there, it is unclear to me how to link those streams into my Canvas gradebook (I know that is more of a Canvas issue than a stream issue). Any ETA on including embedded questions in Stream? Will I have to re-enter all those questions or will I be able to re-migrate my Mixes so that the quizzes remain intact in an improved version of Stream?

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Agree. As technology trainer at my university, I championed (and instructors loved) the slide-based navigation features of Mixes. Losing these is huge. I'm hopeful this will be reintroduced in future as Mix is officially incorporated into PPT, but I worry it will just be dropped.

 

Possible minimal alternative would be to precode linked time markers in the video description for each slide (named simply 'Slide 1, Slide 2, Slide 3, etc'). Not perfect, but functional and relatively easy to edit (with more relevant slide names, for example). If not desired, easy enough to select and delete from a description, too.

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See also, @Sean Boyle's post (link below) about several lost items from Office Mix, including the ToC/markers I mentioned above. All good points, but for me the ToC/markers issue is the single biggest loss to educators, both to those who used it and to those who would if they knew it was there -- or, better yet, it just automatically happened (with, of course, the option to disable if not wanted).

 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Stream-Ideas/I-will-miss-some-of-the-features-of-Mi...

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I have the same issue. We have quite a lot of distance-education students, so I recorded almost all of my lectures in mix for them. Turned out they were also very popular with the regular students to review certain parts. The loss of the table of contents function is a major setback.

The functionality that enables you to create a time-stamped "Table of Contents" in the description field is nice. But when users are looking at a video, the description field is underneath the video player and it is not convenient to scroll up and down to look at it (even if they realize there is a TOC there). It would be much more obvious and user friendly if there was an option to display the TOC to the right of the video, where the transcript is, by making this a "tabbed" box so users could toggle between Transcript and Table of Contents.

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The functionality that enables you to create a time-stamped "Table of Contents" in the description field is nice. But when users are looking at a video, the description field is below the video player and it is not convenient to scroll up and down to look at the TOC  -- assuming the user even knows there might be a TOC there. It would be much more obvious and user friendly if there was an option to display the TOC to the right of the video, where the transcript is, by making this area a "tabbed" box so users could toggle between Transcript and Table of Contents.

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