Creating Videos for Instruction

Once upon a time, it would’ve been understandable if you had nothing to do with creating your own video because it seemed too daunting. Or perhaps you tried making videos and saw the potential it had but couldn’t determine how to take your work to the next level. Then, the world changed.

Now, you’ve been thrust into a scenario where making video is an essential, everyday part of teaching. You dove in, you’re recording your lectures as best you can, and you know your students can see and hear you—but you also know your videos could be better. How do you record a clearer image or better audio? How can you make something that your students will watch all the way through and engage with? How can you make your video creation process more efficient so that you have the time you need for feedback and guiding student interaction? In other words, where do you go from here?

This guide is meant to function for both beginner and advanced video creators. It provides a basic overview of how to create quality videos on your own with the tools you already have and simple, quick steps you can take to make the information and content you record as clear as possible for your students. If you’re looking to unlock the creative and educational potential of video and want to move beyond the basics, many hardware and software tools, techniques, and strategies described here will give you ideas for how your videos can evolve.

Video Production Tools

This list includes a wide variety of tools that will help you improve your media content.

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Performance Tips

Making the transition to a faceless camera can be a leap. Consider these tips before filming.

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