Creating and using video material for online teaching
Recorded video (so what is called a-synchronous) is a great tool to use for your student’s learning. You can use existing videos, but you might also consider making new videos. Screencasts (recording of your computer screen) can be useful to show something on your screen. Please find here our tips and instructions for these scenarios, but first take note of the general guidelines below.
There are some important things to consider when you want to use recorded videos for your teaching:
- Video is a one-way medium. The key of success lies within a careful alignment with the learning goals of your course and the learning activities that your students should carry out. Video should not be an extra, it should be an essential part of your course.
- Several short (maximum 6 minutes) videos, alternated with for example readings and assignments, is better than one long video, to hold attention. If you want to discuss a complex topic, it can be worth it to divide the topic into different videos with different subtopics.
- Think about what you want to show your students. You should show something, rather than tell. Just a talking head will become boring very quickly. How can you visualize your message?
- Always make a clear instruction: tell them what to watch for, or take notice of. Provide a question that your students should be thinking of when watching the video.
- If you are creating your own video, be flexible and generous with yourself. It does not have to be perfect! Students will appreciate your efforts. A small hiccup or mispronunciation makes your video more personal, students will see that it is you.
- The sound is equally as important as what is shown. So try to use a decent microphone, and do not speak too fast. Try to avoid distracting background noise.
Tips and instructions
There is a wealth of information available for you to create your own great videos! Here are some recommended resources:
* When designing and producing, take note of Mayer’s multimedia principles ( information on Infonet ).
* Fifty ways to use a screencast (info by Screencastify).
* On the RUG Infonet, you can find more extensive guidelines on how to produce a video . The word “Knowledge clip” is used there, which is actually a video that would be recorded in the DIY studio in the Harmonie building. But the general rules and guidelines presented for Knowledge clips basically apply to every video.
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