Videos in teaching provide the opportunity to enhance the educational experience by creating interest in a topic, appealing to different learning styles and providing greater access to information.

Getting started

Consider the following questions when planning the style and type of video you create.

  • Look at other videos across your subject, what ideas are out there. How can you use video in your teaching?
  • What learning outcomes are you going to develop? Is video the best medium?
  • How will the video integrate into your course?
  • Will you build activities around your video?
  • How long will the videos be used? Discuss video production options with media technologist or ED

Making your video

Consider the following points as you begin

Image

  • Think about the background- is it distracting or untidying
  • Framing/eye line –  move the device so you are looking at the lens and you are in the centre of the screen
  • Lighting – check the lighting before you begin if needed consider adding a desk lamp to light you from the front
  • Make sure the camera is steady if you are using a portable device

Sound

  • Quiet location – consider distracting noises that might interfere with the sound quality
  • Microphone – test the sound quality for any video you are producing.  If the sound is not good people will find it hard to listen.  Consider using a microphone.

Presentation

  • Make videos that your students will benefit from watching your videos.  Think about your content and purpose.
  • Don’t rush/ remember natural pauses/ speak with tone and enthusiasm
  • Include humour and personality
  • Consider the length

In Practice

  • Spot check – don’t record all your videos and then find no sound
  • Start recording, pause and then begin.
  • When you make a mistake pause –  makes for an easy edit
  • Have your applications ready
  • Look at the lens or have your notes close to the lens when filming