Exploring the tools, strategies, and processes for making exceptional educational videos

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Brief Abstract

This session will benefit professors seeking to create engaging video content in their courses.  We will discuss tools and approaches for creating videos, including types of educational videos (i.e., webcams, screencasts, animations, editing, etc.), options for software and platforms, logistics (e.g., presentation, scripts, lighting, etc.), and general tips and techniques. 


Dr Sean Nufer is the Director of Teaching and Learning at TCS Education System, and an associate adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Pacific Oaks College.

Extended Abstract

There are many methods available to professors to create engaging videos for their students.  For faculty who are new to creating videos for students, the task may be overwhelming or downright intimidating.  However, creating videos for your classes does not have to be a precipitous endeavor – there are small and simple things that you can do to begin your multimedia journey or refine your skills and production value. 

In this session, we will elaborate on the differences between webcam and screencast videos, and discuss which approaches would be most appropriate based on the content and intent of the video.  We will also review a video planning checklist to guide the production of videos and ensure that videos are impactful and created in such a way that students will view and benefit from them.  This checklist will ensure that storyboarded videos encapsulate single, big ideas that are supported by key points.  We will explore various tools and platforms for both creating and hosting video content. 

Finally, in this session we will cover the many do’s and don’ts of creating effective videos for your students.  What are the novice mistakes, and how can I distinguish my video to that it is effective?  With some practice and effort, your videos will help to humanize the course content and increase your instructor presence in your learning environment.