Are you considering videos?
Adding videos to any course (online or face-to-face) can provide students with a number of benefits. Videos can often provide deeper connections to course content, inspire and engage students, and put more autonomy into the hands of learners.
The Key Becomes How To Make Effective Videos.
What tips and tricks will help with creating videos for student consumption? Start with these three areas:
1) Planning Video Content.
- Make content specific videos separate from classroom business
- Stick to the objectives and your course material in one video
- Address students and course house-keeping in another
- Avoid mentioning dates, current events, other time-specific elements
2) Improving Video Elements.
- Improve your audio to make better videos
- Use the best microphone possible
- Pay attention to where you are recording
- Minimize background noise
- Clean up audio files if necessary
3) Creating Video Coherency
- Connect visuals, audio, and content together
- Refer to every element in your videos (from figures to images to text)
- Tell a story through all of these elements
Resources for Video Creation
- Try these ideas on for size. Just go to these websites for more ideas:
- Or read about research on using videos in all kinds of classrooms:
Burmark, L. (2004). Visual presentations that prompt, flash & transform. Media and Methods, 40(6), 4–5.
Jakes, D. S., & Brennan, J. (2005). Capturing stories, capturing lives: An introduction to digital story-telling. London, UK: Taylor & Francis.
Young, C. & Asensio, M. (2002). Looking through three ‘I’s: The pedagogic use of streaming video. In Banks, S, Goodyear, P, Hodgson, V, Connell, D. (Eds), Networked Learning 2002, Proceedings of the Third International Conference. Sheffield March 2002: 628-635.