I love making videos and re-using existing videos in my teaching. I don't believe videos need to be perfect. Instead, they need to be meaningful and make relevant connections for learners. Video is also an exceptional medium for engaging emotions and supporting learner variability.

Quick Tips:

  • Have a plan before you record. Videos should be kept brief (5-7 minutes), should have a clear topic, and should be focused to fulfill clear objectives.
  • Be sustainable. Ideally, you don't want to have to re-record every video every term, right? So, plan for longevity. Avoid referencing information that is likely to change. For example, don't include phrases like "next week we will," "I've been teaching here for __ years," "welcome to fall semester." While these details are valuable, include them in a written introduction to the video instead. This way, you can easily update them without re-recording.
  • Don't be a robot. If you are having a bad hair day or say "um" too many times, that's ok! Your students want the real you.
  • Think beyond "lecture." Expand your use of video by recording guest lecturers or coordinating conversations with subject matter experts, telling stories that connect your curriculum to real life, and brief 2-3 minute introductions to new modules/topics.
  • There's more to video than a talking head. Invest in a screencasting tool (like Camtasia or Screenflow or get started with a free tool like Screencast-o-matic). Sign up for your free Animoto Classroom account and get creative!
  • Sharing is caring. Create a YouTube or Vimeo channel and share your videos with a Creative Commons license. You will be making a valuable contribution to teaching and learning.
  • Need a more quick tips? Educause's 7 Things You Should Know About Microlectures is a great resource for those who are making the transition from using video to lecture to supporting active learning.