Video Production 101: Engage Students with User-Generated Video

User-Generated Video

noun
1. Any video object that is created by an instructor or students which enhances the social presence of an asynchronous course, in particular:

  • course welcome and syllabus overview.
  • short, personalized feedback on assignments.
  • icebreaker introductions by students.
  • regular weekly overviews of course content.
  • instructor check-in on course progress as needed.
  • multimedia lecture materials.
  • discussion posts by students.

Check this out: Five Tips for Creating Effective Learning Videos

Video Production Tips

Physical Space

  • Background should be boring but not sanitized
  • A modest, uncluttered bookshelf convey's "academia"
  • Outdoors can add flair, but lack of control can cause problems (loud trucks, etc.)

Lighting

  • Do not record in the dark
  • Use real lights; do not rely on sunlight
    • Never record in front of a window or next to one
  • Light should be even, with minimal shadows
  • Light should come from in front and above
  • Reduce computer screen brightness to avoid "glasses glare" reflections

Framing

  • Face should be positioned 2/3 – 3/4 from top of video frame
  • Adjust laptop screen angle to avoid “peeking” from below
  • Move your chair further back from the computer to create proper framing

Lighting, Location, and Framing Examples

Bad: Lighting

Example of dark video with glasses glare reflections

Recording in the dark (presumably late at night) results in "ghostly" appearance. Glasses reflect screen glare; turn down laptop brightness setting.

Bad: Location

Example of cluttered background

Cluttered, unattractive background could be distracting. Good light though!

Bad: Framing

Peeking and poor light

Recording in front of window makes face too dark and bright light is distracting. Laptop angle is also too low, resulting in "peeking" and unnecessary view of ceiling.

Very nice!

Good light, good framing

Good front light. Uncluttered background. Nicely framed pose.

Video Software Tools

1. Blackboard and Moodle Course Web Sites

Blackboard

As of February 2016, Blackboard no longer has an inline video recording tool. The previous “Video everywhere” tool button still exists but is non-functional (the button can’t be removed by OIT).

Moodle video recorder

Illustration of audio and video tools in Moodle editorTool icon located nearly everywhere a text editor appears

  • Videos are recorded and stored directly within Moodle, no intermediary software required
  • Videos cannot be played outside of course
  • Closed captioning not available (include a typed transcript below video for all videos requiring accessibility compliance)

2. Slide-Based & Screencasting Tools

For information about these tools, please vist the Technology Tools page.

Video Production Assistance

Don't have a good place at home or in your office to record videos?  Need advice on how to make them look better?  Or, would you just rather someone else handle all the technical details of recording your delivery?

OIT's Learning Services department has a professional-grade studio at your disposal, along with staff to help you every step of the way toward making your videos look great.  Contact Jerry Anderson or Kevin Gassaway to get started!

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