Creating Short Educational Videos: A Streamlined Process for Beginners

Brief Abstract

With the increased popularity of the flipped classroom as of late, multimedia content, specifically video, is becoming a standard part of the classroom experience. According to a 2015 whitepaper from SAGE, 68% of students watch videos as part of their coursework and 79% of students voluntarily watch videos (not assigned by the instructor) to enhance their understanding of a topic. Similarly, a 2016 survey of teachers, instructional designers, and other education professionals by Kaltura showed that 93% feel video has a positive impact on student satisfaction, while 88% feel video boosts student achievement levels. Though students expect video to be a part of their learning experience, they admit to having short attention spans. The SAGE study found that students on average do not watch a single video for more than 10 minutes, and they tend to multitask (i.e., use a second browser window or screen) while a video plays. At the same time, instructors are hesitant to create video content because there is the perception that one must be a professional video producer in order to do so. They fear investing a lot of time and resources into something that will be ultimately ignored by students. This workshop outlines a workflow for creating simple yet effective PowerPoint + narration videos. Participants learn basic principles of multimedia design and digital storytelling techniques, and learn to use that knowledge to present academic content in comprehensible, compelling short-form videos. The workshop also provides a survey of free and low-cost tools for recording, editing, and publishing media. A quick demonstration will be followed by hands-on practice with recording narration and editing a video. Finally, we will explore possibilities for video in the classroom beyond flipped lectures including assistance for non-native speakers and students with disabilities, student projects, and more.


Katelyn Lemay is an Educational Technology Specialist at the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Office of Educational Technology. She works with faculty, staff, and students to design user-centered, technology-enhanced teaching and learning experiences. Katelyn also develops and leads workshops to help NYU faculty and students thoughtfully incorporate technology into their teaching and research. She has a B.A. in Linguistics, and in her role at NYU she focuses on creating well-designed learning experiences for foreign language instruction.

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