Contributor: Michael Gleeson
As the above video explains there are many advantages to using educational videos to augment effective courses and to generate a strong educator presence. Expanding on this there are a number of important elements to take into consideration when preparing and selecting content for these videos.
Length and Focus
Try to keep individual videos to a single and concise concept, typically anywhere between 3 – 15 mins. Attempt to create these videos with the intent of providing an overview of a single topic that helps frame learners’ understanding. They can then delve deeper either in class or with their own exploration. This creates an active method for students to engage with content. It is also important to have a ‘call to action’ that serves as a link back to activities within workshops or online content to create a unified learning experience past simply viewing. This is covered in more detail in the previous episode: Learning Activity Design
When identifying what could be appropriate as a topic to focus on in video consider some of the following questions;
- what are concepts students typically struggle with
- what parts of assessment or the course profile that can be better explained visually,
- are there any important people or perspectives that could be used within the course but unfeasible for a lecture setting; and
- how can existing visual elements be better explained.
- What expertise do I or the teaching team bring to the topic
The use of PowerPoint
The use of visual cues in online videos as well as the appropriateness of the language used is key in maintaining the attention and conveying information to students. Much like in a lecture scenario reading directly off PowerPoint slides is not the most effective way to communicate a concept to students. Use visual aids such as diagrams, pictures, slides or screencasts are all effective tools that can assist while presenting within a video.
Language Conventions and Scripting
The language used when presenting should be audience-appropriate and to the point, this helps not only with keeping students interested but also in limiting the length of the video. Writing a script of what needs to be said is an effective way to maintain succinct language and to stay on topic. By being able to quickly upload a transcript which is equivalent to what has been said within in the video allows people who need screen readers or visual prompts to engage with the content without issue. Ensuring all students are able to access and engage with video content is important to meet compliance with Accessibility Standards (W3C et al)
Further Information (Griffith University staff)
If you would like to discuss creating educational videos feel free to get in contact with your Group’s Blended Learning Advisor or Educational Designer or you can contact Learning Futures about gaining access to the CYO Video Studios. Below is some documentation to help guide you to creating your own video content.