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Record and Edit a Video

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Last modified: August 12, 2022

Videos are one way for instructors to disseminate lessons, deliver instruction, or create instructor presence in an online course.

Best Practices

  • Keep it short – 10 minutes or less is the optimal time for an instructional video. If your information requires a lengthier explanation, consider cutting the material into multiple videos to be watched by students with interspersed activities.
  • Use a script or outline – Given the time constraints mentioned above, you want to stay on topic and spend your time on the important concepts. Scripting has the added advantage of making captioning easier and helping you avoid space filler words and sounds like “Um” and “So”.
  • If filming with your device, turn it horizontally during filming so as to cover more area with the camera.
  • Find an editing tool that you can use to cut out mistakes so that you don’t have to start over every time you mess up. This will save you time in the long run.
  • Caption your videos – for accessibility, videos need to be captioned. If a video is intended for your students at large, especially if you’ll be reusing that video later, you need have a captioning strategy.

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