Why and how to use video in your teaching

This table gives some examples of when and why you might include a video element in your online course and what type of video content you might choose. It is further organised to indicate the degree of difficulty/effort required to produce video content in terms of: basic, intermediate and advanced.

Basic video 

A basic video is a fast and simple approach to video production. It is a great way to create and deliver 'just in time' media content via a smartphone or webcam.

What Why/when Production type Support links

Program and course introduction videos

(This could also be an intermediate level video as it could be prepared ahead of time and you may want to increase production values by recording
in studio.)

To provide a personalised welcome message for students at the beginning of a new program or course. This might include video of the teacher (talking head) and possibly a screencast where the teacher explains elements of the Moodle page.

NOTE: For wholly online courses this is a crucial element in establishing teacher presence.
Video or screencast Creating a program or course introduction - guidelines

Creating a basic video

Creating a screencast

Explain a course description or a specific assessment task.

It is good practice for the teacher to provide a video explaining the requirements of an assessment task if that task is complex or unusual. Video or screencast Creating a basic video

Creating a screencast
Spark a discussion forum question To increase teacher presence and reduce feelings of isolation for wholly online students you may want to record video of yourself posing a discussion question and embed this in the forum introduction in Moodle (rather than just typing the question). Video or screencast Creating a basic video

Creating a screencast

Give students personalised feedback

To increase teacher presence (as above) you may want to record yourself providing generalised feedback to the class (post in news forum)

More personalised feedback (video, or screencast reviewing assignment) can also be provided to individual students (email or upload as marked file in gradebook)
Video Creating a basic video

Record computer-based narration/demonstration or simulation

For the teacher to demonstrate particular computer-based activities such as how to use specific software**

** Intermediate level demonstrations could combine screencast with other elements such as instructional slides and extra graphics

Screencast

Creating a screencast

Intermediate - advanced video

These videos benefit from production planning to ensure a successful shoot and where some basic editing will achieve the desired outcomes. Working in collaboration with CLIPP you will be provided with specialist support throughout some of the production process.

What Why/when Production type Support links

Presentation of core content video

If you are moving to a wholly online delivery, or a blended flipped classroom delivery, and you plan to use class time for more interactive discussions, online lecture content can be created to replace face-to-face lectures. 

Alternatively your course may have difficult to grasp concepts that would benefit from an effective multimedia presentation.

Basic screencast, through to advanced multimedia depending on project.

Best practice in making an instructional video (research)

Tips for designing effective instructional videos

Creating an intermediate video

Creating a screencast

How-to-videos on specific concepts or procedures.

To capture class events for class revision or for reuse in future courses.

To optimise availability of subject matter experts by recording interviews or lectures for ongoing use. 
Video – intermediate  Check to see whether what you require may already exist

Creating an intermediate video

Record one-off presentation (guest presenter, interview, class activity)

To capture class events for class revision or for reuse in future courses.

To optimise availability of subject matter experts by recording interviews or lectures for ongoing use.

Video – intermediate 

Creating an intermediate video

Advanced video

This advanced level of video creation aims at producing high-end videos for an internal and/or external audience. Working in collaboration with CLIPP you will be provided with specialist support throughout the entire production process. View more information about working with CLIPP

What Why/when Production type Support links

Animation of difficult concept

If your course has a difficult to grasp concept, an animated illustration can foster/reinforce student understanding. 

Animation – advanced

Check to see whether what you require may already exist

Creating an advanced video

Green screen video

If your course has a difficult to grasp concept, a green screen video can foster/reinforce student understanding. Green screen - advanced Creating an advanced video

Promotional or testimonial video

You may need to create marketing content for a wider external audience, beyond your currently enrolled student groups, e.g. to put on website to attract future students. 

Video / multimedia – advanced    Liaise with FedUni Marketing and Communications

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