Producing Video Content for Your Online Course

  1. Chunk video lectures/screen captures into 5 to 10-minute segments. (Obviously, this won’t always be the case, but this is ideal.)
  2. Write a script. You can also share the script with your students in addition to the video.
  3. Instructor Presence: make sure your presence is felt in the video. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. Options include:
    • Including yourself in the video, or
    • Actively demonstrating a concept on screen, or
    • Using interesting, engaging content/examples/graphics, or
    • Providing opportunities for students to interact with you
  4. Use existing video if you can find good ones (YouTube, Khan Academy, etc)
  5. Use technology that you understand and that fits your skill level.
    1. For some, this might mean using your desktop pc. For others, it might mean using your cell phone.
  6. Use a repeatable production method that simplifies the video creation process for yourself.
  7. Use visuals and graphics.
  8. Do not number your videos or include any identifier information such as year or date. You want to be able to use these videos in multiple situations.
  9. Do not reference a specific assignment or assessment unless you plan on using the video with that assignment or assessment again in the future. And keep in mind, instructions do change.
  10. Online@JSU recommends using Kaltura. It is integrated in Canvas. You enable it in your course by going to Settings > Navigation>Kaltura My Media (click on it)>Enable>Save (at the bottom of the page). Students can also use Kaltura to record video if you enable Kaltura My Media in your course.
  11. Screencast-o-matic is also a user-friendly video capture/screen capture tool. It has a free version (record up to videos 15 minutes in length)
  12. You can also use Microsoft Teams to record video. Recordings go directly to your Microsoft Stream account. (Links to an external site.) (Teams Tutorial)