Video can be a great way to increase student engagement. There are different types of video used for different pedagogical goals. Some of the common uses include:
- Instructor presence: Record quick videos in the announcements or weekly modules. These could include overview of the upcoming week, an overview of upcoming assignments or just an informal "you can do it!" pep talk.
- Feedback: sometimes called a "video note" or a "video comment", these are used in the online discussions or in assignment grading.
- Lecture capture: the most common, perhaps, is the "screen capture" or recording of the lectures. This is often done to "flip the classroom" - move lectures online in order to free up valuable live class time for more active student work - hands-on exercises, discussions, project work, etc.
Here are some additional resources for how to effectively use video in your courses:
University of Indiana Bloomengton. Effectively Using Videos in the College Classroom.
Using 3d Party Content
You can and should incorporate 3d party video content, such as from YouTube and Vimeo - it is easy, readily available and can often be used to supplement or even replace lectures. Just make sure to be mindful of the source and quality of content. Do NOT download these as files to avoid copyright issues. Instead, you can embed them in your course, by first copying the embed code in YouTube, and then pasting that code in the HTML view of the lesson in your LMS course. The process varies slightly for different LMS. Here are the instructions for some of them.
- Canvas: How do I embed a video in a page in a course?
- Moodle: Display Sound and Video
- Blackboard: Add Files, Images, Audio, and Video
- Brightspace D2L: Insert Stuff with LTI Content
Recording Your Own Video
Hosting refers to where your videos will be stored. Although it is usually possible to upload videos directly to LMS, it is usually not advisable because of LMS storage capacity or cost. While it may be ok to post quick video comments, larger videos are usually uploaded either to YouTube (check your school policies) or to integrated video platforms, such as
In addition to providing a hosting, these platforms all have build-in tools for video creation - and added features for student engagement with the content.
Please keep in mind that many videos (more on this later) in online courses need to be closed captioned. Stay tuned for more resources and training on accessibility of video and audio content.
ATTECS provides training and guidance on teaching with video (including closed captioning). Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Selected Tools and Resources*
DSLR Cameras (usually an overkill and not necessary)
Portable Green Screens
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