This weekend was a surreal experience for me. As a newly minted PhD, I was able to return to my alma mater and deliver the keynote address at the induction ceremony for the oldest multidisciplinary honor society in the country! I was invited by my friend and mentor Dr. JoAnn Canales, Dean of Graduate Studies at…
It’s not about the destination so you better enjoy the journey…
Sue Beckingham’s #blideo challenge accepted! It seems that Steve Wheeler has come up with another way to get us all blogging about education. The call to action is to view the video and write a response to the video that connects it to education in some way. I will then have to select a new…
Voice and Video tools – which one do you prefer?
This week in the #HumanMOOC the community shared their thoughts on how to enhance Instructor Presence using three different tools. They used the video recording functionality in Canvas to record an instructor introduction video and gather feedback from their peers, then we took to the web to utilize VoiceThread and FlipGrid. The VoiceThread below contains…
Instructor Presence on #HumanMOOC with @drchuck
Tonight Robin Bartoletti and I had the honor of talking with Dr. Chuck Severance. Dr. Severance shared some of his background and expertise in creating instructional videos that help establish instructor presence. He is such a delight to talk to that it was hard to keep it to 30 minutes. Some of the participants in #HumanMOOC were tweeting:…
Strategies for Providing Feedback in Online Courses
The video below is from The Center Moderator Michelle Pacansky-Brock discusses the power of the human voice (depth, warmth, and intonation) with two faculty who give feedback to their own students using video and voice. They share their own processes for giving feedback in this manner. Hangout Archive from: The Center Use Audio and Video Feedback.…
#DALMOOC – Day Zero
The weekend offered an opportunity to catch up on the Google Hangouts that occurred late last week. Both the designing DALMOOC video and the Introduction to DALMOOC video were very helpful in setting the stage for the course and what is to come over the next few weeks on edX and beyond. If you haven’t…
Video is EVERYWHERE! But is it any good? What videos do you watch and find compelling? Does production value matter?
Here are a few tips that you need to remember before producing video to add to your online course.
Rules of Thumb:
- Script it and Practice it
- Keep your video short (3-5 minutes)
- Relate the video to a specific instructional activity (assignment or assessment)
- Add only Audio or Visual elements that demystify content
- Production value matters when students are paying for the class
Create Compelling Instructional Videos
Use video strategically to explain key concepts, set expectations for assignments, tell students exactly what they need to do in your course, and of course to create a sense of instructor presence.
From research and practice we know that images or visual cues explain and amplify text which facilitates the recall of new knowledge and that using images to aid in learning assists with memory making. Video can aid in motivating learners by bringing the content to life in an online course, it can validate knowledge and even explain or illustrate difficult concepts.
Try new tools to create video:
TouchCast – This tool is not for the novice video creator it is a more advanced tool with really AMAZING functionality. And, they have taken the time to create a guide for educators.
Explain Everything – Tablet application for explaining everything. If you own a tablet you simply must try this app.
WeVideo – collaborative video creation tool for laptop or mobile device. Easy to use.
PowToon – Cartoon-ish animations made easy with drag and drop functionality. Easy to use.
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