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Whether you want to “flip” your on-campus course or teach online, course videos are a common way to provide valuable information to your students. For example, you may wish to record course videos in order to:
Regardless of your exact purpose, the following tips will help you prepare, shoot, and edit your course videos.
This guide contains the following sections:
It’s easier to produce shorter videos (less time for potential mistakes), and it’s easier for students to watch shorter videos (less time to get distracted). In a widely cited study, researchers looking at student engagement on the edX MOOC platform found the median engagement time for videos to be
about six minutes. Segmenting shorter videos has been found to
help aid recall and application.
Outlines can help you organize your thoughts. What topics do you want to cover in your video? Which points do you want to emphasize? If needed, develop a script that follows your outline and specifies what you will say in greater detail.
When you look into the camera, it will appear on video that you’re speaking to your students directly. Doing so can help keep students engaged. Remember to take breaks from reading your outline or script by looking into the camera occasionally
If you’re recording your screen, be sure to turn off any distracting notifications, and be mindful that the contents of the screen will be visible in your videos. This may be a good excuse to clean up your desktop or organize your bookmarks!
There are lower-tech and higher-tech ways to make your videos more engaging.
In order to optimize accessibility for people with auditory disabilities,
web multimedia should include both captions and a transcript, according to WebAIM, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to expanding web accessibility since 1999.
Captions are not only
essential for people who are deaf or have difficulty hearing, but also aid people who:
Learn how to
add captions to videos in Panopto.
Transcripts not only helps users who are deaf or have difficult hearing but also aid people who:
Learn how to
generate transcripts in Panopto. You can also view
Panopoto’s accessibility features.
Use the following recommendations to help set expectations for how the videos in your course should be used by students:
The following settings will help you to control how the videos in your course are shared.
Use Panopto to ensure your video content is easy for students to view and access. You can record your videos in Panopto or upload videos recorded with other applications (e.g., Zoom or an app on your phone) to Panopto. Then, insert the videos in your D2L course.
By default, students are not able to download videos that are embedded via Panopto; however, you can enable downloads in the settings.
Flex (Bimodal) courses are automatically recorded and that recording is sent to a hidden module in your D2L course titled “Lecture Capture.”
The recordings are hosted in Panopto, and the instructor chooses if the module or individual recordings will be available to students. The recordings can be edited prior to sharing.
These videos are automatically deleted at the end of the quarter or term.
If you record a class session or lecture to your DePaul Zoom cloud and share the link, nobody can download the recording. This setting is restricted at the admin level.
The cloud recording link is password protected by default and you can modify that password.
It is also possible to share a Zoom cloud recording link with a specific expiration date, but all cloud recordings are automatically deleted after 120 days unless you modify the settings.
Users can change these options (unless restricted at the admin level) in their Zoom settings.