Best Practices for Video Creation

Monday, July 9, 2018 No comments
Are you thinking about recording videos for your students to view in your learning management system? 

Congratulation as this is a great idea, but before you jump into it you want to think about best practices for video creation. It is very important to keep in mind that shorter is better. It is best practice to keep a video to three minutes or less. By changing the mindset of a full hour lecture video can take some initial planning, but in the long run it will truly benefit your students. 

Some other best practices to keep in mind is to establish the learning outcomes that you want to your students to have. By keeping the outcomes short and sweet it will make the video creation much easier. If you include too many learning outcomes then you will want to make sure that you have different videos because including too much information in a single video could cause your students to zone out. 

I also suggest creating a script to avoid messing up as you are recording. The script can be talking points that you want to include, but make sure not to read straight off the script as a little blooper here and there let's your students know you are human. Also don't be afraid to add a little humor and be yourself in your videos as students will appreciate that. 

Another best practice is to make sure that all your videos are captioned as to meet the needs of all your learners and goes along with the idea of universal design. There are different services available that can caption your videos for you or you can upload to YouTube and let YouTube work its magic. Learn more about YouTube captioning.

Video is a great tool for learners and when done the right way can truly be a wonderful learning experience that will have an everlasting impact on your students.

If you have access to Lynda campus then I suggest this video on Best practices for online video. There are many resources online that can assist you through the process so carve out a little time to research.

Other Resources:

Creating Effective Instructional Videos for Online Courses 

Learn how to make videos tools

How to make online videos

Online Video Best Practices