1) What do we mean by “video”? (Think beyond the ‘Talking Head’ to recorded instructional multi-media – RIM)
2) Why create video vs simply finding what you need? (It is not that hard, honest!)
3) What are the keys to creating EFFECTIVE video/RIM? (Planning, SHORT, and work with what you have)
Avoid the Talking Head Presentation (updated 7-2015)
1) Video now generally means ANY Recorded Instructional Media (RIM) with visuals
- Narrated (or silent) slideshow – published to self-play (also called enhanced podcasts).
Examples: http://youtu.be/XVQ1ULfQawk or http://vimeo.com/16837327
- Narrated screencasts – uses software that films what is happening on your computer screen.
http://youtu.be/_UBGCQJ1NtU or http://mathtrain.tv/play.php?vid=146
- Full motion video
- Animation – uses software or special techniques to “animate” still images/objects.
- A combination! http://youtu.be/T4wzS-KODe8
More Examples of Recorded Instructional Materials (Videos)
2) RIM/Video should match Purpose and Audience and ENGAGE the Learner (Steps 1 & 2)
- Audience: Who is this for? How do they learn best? What interests them? How can it connect to the real world? What tech skills do they have? What tech access do they have?
- Purpose: Why create this RIM? Convey a critical concept? Demonstrate a skill or process? Motivation/create a set for learning? Spark discussion/ideas/thinking? Provide a real world example or problem? Access for struggling or absent learners?
- Engagement: How will you involve the learner – make this NOT passive, but active learning? How will you KNOW they watched it? Ask questions, require a survey, provide a worksheet, start a project, give a quiz, require a writing assignment?
3) ALL effective RIM/Video creation REQUIRES planning! (Steps 3 – 7) Saves time & frustration too!
- Choose a General Approach – What will best suit Purpose and Audience? What will help engage the learner?
- Storyboard your RIM Structure – Plan the flow of instruction (we recommend ON PAPER).
- EDIT & Revise Your Plan – Does it effectively and efficiently address purpose and audience? Goal: 2-5 minutes!
- Create/Find Media Elements – What ‘stuff’ do I need to create this video?
- PRACTICE! Even one or 2 run-throughs can make a HUGE difference!
NOW CREATE! (step 8)
Then Edit, Revise and Disseminate (Steps 9 & 10)
Note Steps 1- 7 are ALL PLANNING!!
Expanded version – with notes, tips and ideas – plus a storyboard template! (pdf)
As many tips as we could cram on 2 pages – a ‘mind dump’ of what we know/have learned.
Stuff we used in creating this presentation, or thought you might like to read.
- [quality flipped videos]
- [tips for creating instructional videos – university]
- Explainer Tip: Creating Simple Storyboards, by Lee LeFever at Commoncraft.com
- The ideal length for instructional screencast videos by Ellis Pratt, Thursday, 14 November, 2013 [Great charts and graphs!]
- Using Video in an Interactive Learning Program, by Randall Fujimoto (n.d. – 2010?)
- Six Steps to Creating High Quality Video Training by Jeremy Vest, December 2, 2009 [Good advice, but 5 years old – some details are dated (.flv instead of mp4 format, cost of a camcorder, etc.)]
- How To Videos – 10 Tips to Making More Effective Training Videos by Jennifer O’Rourke, October 05th, 2012
- [need screencasting tips resource]
- Stop Motion Animation by Catherine Elliott, Sheffield South City Learning Centre, UK.