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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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