Frame your webcam like a pro

Here are some general guidelines for framing a single subject while using a webcam. These guidelines work for most talking head shots as well.

  • Height of the camera or laptop or webcam should be at eye level. If it’s too low, the shot will come from below and people will see up your nose.
  • Your eye should be at or slightly above the top third of the frame.
  • The strongest light source in the room, such as a lamp, or an open window) should be in front of you.
  • There should be a tiny amount of space between the top of your head and the top of the frame.

Attend a Teams Live Event

We use the Teams Live Event broadcasting platform to host the online audience for many of our premiere events throughout the year such as the Heritage Preaching Lectures (HPL) or Ministry Leadership Day (MLD). If you’ve received an Attendee Link (likely sent to you over email) to one of these events, use the images below to get a sense of what to expect when you click the Attendee Link.

Step 1: Click the Attendee Link

When you click the Attendee Link in the email from Heritage you may see the following screen. It is possible, if you already have the Teams app installed, that this screen may be skipped automatically. In that case, you’re probably already on to step 2.

Options on this screen include:

  • Download and install the Teams app
  • Watch the event on the web instead
  • Launch the Teams app (if you have it installed already and it didn’t launch automatically)

Step 2: Join the Event

The first screen you will see is the Join screen. It will look similar to the image below. You will have the option to Join anonymously or to Sign in. You can join the event directly from a browser (Such as Firefox, Edge, Safari, or Chrome) or by downloading the Microsoft Teams app.

If you have a Microsoft Teams account, feel free to sign in. Otherwise, just click Join anonymously to access the event.

Step 3: Enjoy the Event

After you’ve joined the event, the event screen will appear. Once we start broadcasting from our event location, the screen will change to show our broadcast feed. If you join before we’ve started broadcasting you’ll be greeted by a friendly message.

Feel free to use the Ask a question button to submit a question. Many of events feature a question and answer (Q&A) period where we will answer as many questions as possible.

Accounts and IDs in use at Heritage

Heritage uses a number of different Accounts and IDs to identify you when accessing digital resources. Below is a list of the accounts and IDs in use at Heritage.

Heritage ID

This account is used by our staff and faculty. It allows individuals access to their Heritage email through Outlook on the Web, Microsoft 365 tools such as Teams and OneDrive, ADP Workforce Now, and more. Your Heritage ID and your Heritage email account are the same account.

myHeritage Account

This is an account in use by all members of the Heritage community. This includes students, faculty, staff, and alumni. myHeritage (Populi) is our college management system. It helps us keep track of our student records, facilitate classes and publish class content, among many other things.

Student ID

The Student ID is given to you when you become at student at Heritage. It is a unique number that is tied to your student record. It is assigned automatically by the myHeritage database when your student record is first created. Your student ID is easy to identify. It is the number directly underneath your name on the My Profile page in myHeritage. This number is also printed on your student card.

Person ID

The Person ID is a unique number that is automatically assigned to each individual represented in the myHeritage database. In the coming years, we will start using this ID across multiple systems to provide digital resources such as library resources. The Person ID is also easy to find. Simply navigate to the My Profile page in myHeritage. Then, in the address bar of your browser look for the eight (8) digit number (see image). That is your Person ID. This number may also be printed on your student card.

Publishing Course Content on myHeritage

At Heritage, we use myHeritage (Populi) to publish our course content.  For your course, this can be done from the Lessons tab.

This article represents a summary of how to upload multimedia (video or audio) to your course. Populi has published a more detailed article on this topic called How to embed audio, video, and other kinds of files in a lesson.  Feel free to check it out for more info.

Upload them from your computer

  • Click the Add a Lesson button or open an existing lesson.
  • Click the Design tab to open the design view.
  • Choose to Add a Section and click File.
  • Drag and drop the file from your computer into the area that says Drag & Drop.
  • Once the video file is uploaded, click Save.  If this is a video file, the size is likely huge, so be patient.
  • There are other options in this view like marking a file as required.
  • When you save the file, Populi kicks off an encoding process (much like YouTube’s encoding) to get it ready for multiple device types.

Upload them directly from your phone or tablet

If you’ve recorded your file on a smartphone or tablet, you can upload them directly to myHeritage.

  • Open myHeritage is a browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and login with your myHeritage account.
  • Navigate to your course and open the Lessons tab.
  • Touch the Add a Lesson button or open an existing lesson.
  • Touch the Design tab to open the design view.
  • Choose to Add a Section and click File.
  • Touch on the area that says Drag & Drop a File or Click to Choose.  This will open the file explorer on your platform.
  • For example, on iOS choose Photo Library.  Find the video you took (or edited) and touch Done.
  • Once the video file is uploaded, click Save

Using myHeritage for Online Lessons

Log on to your course page on myHeritage. This is the same place you take attendance and enter grades. Along the left side is a column reading Dashboard, Syllabus, Files, Assignments, Lessons, Discussions, Tests, Calendar, Gradebook, etc. (See #1 in photo below.)

Create A Lesson

(all photos are from Marianne’s Intro to Children’s Ministry class)

  • Click on the Lesson tab. You will see this (click image for large version):

(click image to enlarge)

  • Click on the Add a Lesson tab. (See #2 in the photo above.)

(click image to enlarge)

  • Give the lesson a title and set the date and time it will be available (generally the time your class would normally start). If you click “after the previous lesson is completed”, that will override any date and time you make the lesson available. I usually leave it unchecked.
  • Add one lesson for each class you have left in your semester. You will see them appear as a list, as you can see in the first photo.
  • To give your lesson content, click on one of the lessons you have just created. It will open up to two tabs, as seen below:

(click image to enlarge)

My lesson already has content. Yours will be blank. The “view” tab (#5) is how the lesson will look to your students. The “design” tab (#4) is where you will add the content. Click it. Photo is on the next page. I don’t have time for fancy formatting!

(click image to enlarge)

Again, my lesson already has some content. But you will see the line at the bottom, #6.

A heading is just that. A text box will open up and you can type directly in it, and on the view tab, you’ll have a nice, bold heading.

Content is like what you see at the top of my lesson to the left. Again, a text box will open up. You can type in it directly to give the students directions, information, whatever. I think you can even add photos to that content. The text is fully formattable. (You can underline, highlight, use italics, bold, etc.)

Discussions allow you to post a topic and have students interact with that topic and with each other. I’ll talk more about that below.

Files are your Powerpoint slides (I always save them to PDF and upload the PDF) and your audio or video files. I’ll talk about that more below.

Link allows you post a link to a website or YouTube video. More below.

Lesson Content Types


Discussions are helpful ways to get students to interact with the material and each other in lieu of face-to-face interaction. Add a discussion and this box will open up. Give your discussion a catchy title, and then in the topic box create something for students to talk about. You can also drag and drop files or photos for students to interact with.

  • Beside Published, click yes.
  • Beside available, click the date of your class.
  • Beside Comments closed, click no.

Peer rating means that students can evaluate their peers’ comments. I don’t find it helpful, but to each his or her own.

Post first means that students must first reply themselves to the topic posted before they can see their peers’ posts. This is helpful to ensure originality of ideas.

Max comments and max replies are helpful if you have a student who posts dozens of times. As if. I usually leave these blank.

Allow students to add to the discussion: I usually click no. Probably because I’m a control freak. Mostly because I don’t know what it means. It’s never hindered my discussions online.

Require students to participate in the discussion. It is important that you click “yes” for this. It is the only way we can track participation for attendance.


This is what you will use to upload lecture notes (Powerpoint) and audio or video recordings.

I always save my Powerpoint slides as a PDF and upload the PDF.

Drag and drop the files you want to upload.

Hide file from students: No. What would be the point?

Show embedded preview player: Yes. This allows the students easy access to the files.

Require students to view or download? Yes. Again, it is how we will measure lesson completion for attendance records.


If you add a link, this box will open. You can give the link a title, and then copy and paste the URL (website). The students will see the title as a hyperlink.

Again, if you use a link, require the students to click it for attendance purposes.


Ok, that’s your lesson. Now go back to the very first photo, and have a look at #3.  If you click on that, you will see a graph that looks like this:

(click image to enlarge)

Each lesson will have a status bar showing how much of the lesson has been completed (if you’ve required all the elements to be done). If the student has completed the whole lesson, you can then mark that student as “present” in the attendance tab. If a student has not completed the lesson (or hasn’t completed enough of the lesson), you can mark that student as absent. You may notice that myHeritage now has a “notes” section beside each student’s name on the attendance roster. If a student is finished part but not all of the lesson, you could mark that student present and make a note of how much of the lesson was complete. If the student then has another lesson that is only partly completed, you could make that note and mark the student as absent the second time.

Windows 10 Command Line Equivalent of wuauclt

I’m saving this info for my own interest.  This article has been super-helpful regarding the command line tools available for diagnosing and fixing Windows update on Windows 10.

From the follow blog, I found these amazingly useful commands.

  • StartScan Used To Start Scan
  • StartDownload Used to Start Download of Patches
  • StartInstall Used to Install Downloaded Patches
  • RefreshSettings Refresh Settings if any changes were made
  • StartInteractiveScan May ask for user input and/or open dialogues to show progress or report errors
  • RestartDevice Restart device to finish installation of updates
  • ScanInstallWait Combined Scan Download Install
  • ResumeUpdate Resume Update Installation On Boot

Downloads and Email Pop Up Windows in myHeritage

myHeritage has been a very helpful tool for us since going live in July of 2016.  That being said, there are always growing pains when moving to an entirely new database system for company management.  myHeritage displays certain content in a separate popup window like downloads and email windows withing the system.  In order to ensure you are able to download files or send email in myHeritage, please add an exception for myHeritage to your browsers list of Pop Up blocker exceptions.

Populi wrote a new article about this topic called Why Won’t the Email Windows Open When I Try to Email A Group of People.

Google Chrome

  • Click the main menu in the top-right (represented by three vertical dots) and choose Settings.
  • Scroll down and click the link that says Show advanced settings…
  • Immediately under the Privacy section click the Content settings... button.
  • Scroll down to the Pop-ups section and leave the setting at Do not allow any site to show pop-ups.
  • Click the Manage exceptions... button.
  • Add to the list of exceptions.  Ensure the behaviour is set to Allow and click Done.
  • You’re done.

Microsoft Edge

If you are using Microsoft Edge, it seems to handle the exception even with Pop-up blocker enabled.  If you are using Internet Explorer, I would suggest migrating to Microsoft Edge.

Registering for Courses

You can register for courses when the Registrar’s Office has set up online enrollment periods. During these periods, you can enroll in courses, sign up to audit them and drop courses

  • When you log in to myHeritage, you’ll see an alert on your Home page that looks like this. Click the alert to go the registration page.
  • Go to My Profile and click the Registration tab.

How to register for courses

Registration table for course selection


First, let’s get oriented:

  • My Courses shows the courses (if any) in which you’re already registered for the term shown in the selector.
  • Available Courses shows the courses for which you may register.
  • Course names link to the Course > Info view, where you can have a look at course details. If information is missing, contact the professor.
  • Faculty names link to their Profiles.
  • indicates icon exclamationthat you’ve already passed this course. But it doesn’t prevent you from registering for it.

To register for courses:

  1. Find a course under Available Courses.  Pay close attention to the section numbers.  Section 1 – in class, Section 2 – online/distance learning.  Click either the Enroll or Audit plus signs.   Go to Home > Dashboard to see more detailed information regarding section numbers.
  2. If you see a greyed out icon in either column, you cannot register for that course in that way. Reasons include:
    • There may be an enrollment limit placed on the course.
    • You have not fulfilled the prerequisites to enroll in that course.
    • You have already registered for another section of that same course.
  3. As you select courses, the information for Available Courses updates:
    • The meeting times for regular weekly courses offered on campus that have schedule conflicts with My Courses turn red.  Multi modal and modular courses are listed separately under Course Calendar by clicking on each individual course.
    • The enroll/audit options for alternate sections of My Courses deactivate .
    • Hours/credits turn red if those courses would cause you to run afoul of the term’s Max Hours/Credits
  4. To remove a course, click the ‘minus’ button under My Courses.
  5. Click Save to finish. You can also click Undo Changes to erase any changes you made since you last saved registration.

A few things to remember…

  • Select courses in consultation with your Faculty Advisor.
  • The Registrar or your Faculty Advisor may apply a lock to your account. If that is the case, you’ll see a yellow banner at the top of the screen. As long as the lock is in place, you will not be able to make any changes to your registration—the Registrar or your Faculty Advisor must do so.
  • If you’re having trouble with registration, please contact your Faculty Advisor.
  • Your Faculty Advisor is listed under Student tab.  Look to the right side of your screen under Student Information.

The above information has been custom editted from Populi Help.