Creating videos and screencasts
Creating instructional video content can enhance student engagement and improve learning in online and blended courses. Videos allow learners to revisit and review content, are useful in capturing one off events, and – if effectively designed – can include audio and visual elements that help students to better grasp difficult concepts.
Instructional video can be used for many different purposes in your online courses and can incorporate a variety of multimedia elements, from simple video material shot on a camera or webcam, to screencast material that uses software such as Camtasia to capture action on your computer screen and can include PowerPoint slides, diagrams, and other graphics.
The quality and degree of difficulty in creating videos can also vary depending on factors such as what you are trying to achieve, the time you have available, the expected reuse or lifespan of the video you are creating, etc. Whether it be a simple 'point and shoot' phone or webcam video or an advanced multimedia presentation, used strategically and designed effectively, video can significantly enhance your students' learning and engagement online.
Pedagogy - why and how to create/use educational video
- Why and how to use video in your teaching
- Best practice (research) in making educational video
- Tips for designing effective educational video
- Planning your video
- Off-campus filming - guidelines and forms
- Timeframes, scale and production value
- Downloadable FedUni branded video templates
How to make a quick video
A basic video uses a fast and simple approach to video production and is something you can easily do yourself. It is a great way to create and deliver 'just in time' media content to add immediacy and teacher presence to your online courses. Basic videos do not require any editing; you start and stop your recording as required.
| Smartphone, |
|Teacher self-recorded 'talking head' or basic video content|
|Screencast||Teacher records and narrates basic screen recording or narrates PowerPoint.|
How to make an instructional video
- an intermediate video (with a video camera, editing footage)
- a large scale video or project (work in collaboration with CLIPP multimedia staff)
- How to edit a video
- Using Camtasia software to create a video/screencast
- Editing with Camtasia (Camtasia video, 3:57min)
- Using other programs