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Creating Videos

Videos are useful for many things, amongst them...

  • Delivering lectures
  • Giving students feedback
  • Explaining complex information

This webpage should help you choose the type of video that you want to create. You need to consider:

Using any device with a video camera, you can make a video of anything that happens in front of you (providing you have appropriate permissions and consent). If there are demonstrations that you regularly perform, why not video the event so that the students can watch it back as often as they need and for revision.

Example: to make sure assessment advice is consistent, staff have created a video of a short discussion about it making the information available to all students and saving staff time in repeating the same information.

Recording: any device with a video camera e.g. smartphone, tablet or camera

Editing: Windows Movie Maker

Screencasts are very useful to students and can be used to support flipped classrooms. Basically a screencast is a recording of anything on your computer screen with or without an additional talking head. You can record a screencast explaining PowerPoint Slides, how to use web pages or Blackboard, or how to use a particular database or software. Optimal duration for a screencast is around 10 minutes.

Recording: Screencast-O-Matic with a microphone and webcam

Lectures can be recorded in short screencasts from your desk, or live as they are delivered to students. You can record whatever is on the screen as you present and as long as you have a microphone plugged in to the computer, any audio will be recorded with it. You can use a webcam to record an image alongside.

Option 1: Screencast-O-Matic with a microphone and webcam - download and stream the video using Medial (formerly Helix).
Option 2: Record the lecture using Collaborate. You cannot easily edit the video file but it is available directly to students who are enrolled on that particular Blackboard module.

Some of the tools that you will need to create your videos include:

Youtube is an excellent tool for streaming videos. Youtube is linked to Blackboard via the Mashup tool, which makes embedding publically embedded videos in Blackboard really simple.

If you want to use Youtube to stream your video but that nobody else will find your video in Youtube, you can make your video unlisted and embed it in Blackboard via the text editor.

Some key points about using Youtube

  • You will need your own/access to a shared Youtube channel
  • If you want to stream videos longer than 15 minutes you need to verify your account
  • You can add automated captions to your video using Youtube to support accessibiilty

Medial is the University's new streaming media service--a University only Youtube. If you have video material, e.g. a video you have made or a video/part of a video somebody else has made (copyright permitting) you can upload the video to Medial and establish who can re-use and access it. Videos uploaded to Medial are stored on University servers meaning it can be used to host sensitive content, such as videos showing patients, feedback to students or student assignments. Students can also upload video materials to Medial meaning it can be used as a video assessment tool.

Find out how to use Medial...

Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive teaching means making your learning accessible to as many people as possible. According to JISC:

"‘Print impairments’, an umbrella term for a range of barriers to reading print, including dyslexia, learning difficulties, and problems that prevent the learner from turning pages or holding a device to read from, are agreed to affect about 10% of those in higher education. This figure is higher within the further education and skills sector.

Taking students who have English as an additional language into consideration, this percentage could be as high as 25%.  So it is crucial you make sure that content and materials for learners is as diverse and varied as the students themselves."

Read this JISC blog post...

Creating Videos

If you are creating video learning materials, keep in mind the following points...

  • Can you find a video online which serves your purpose?
    Balancing your relationship with the students and the time it takes to create your own videos, it will sometimes be appropriate to create your own and other times be appropriate to link to external content.
  • Students need to know why they are watching the video.
  • What activity should students undertake after the video? Consider adding a few formative questions after the video for the students to answer.
  • Make sure you quality check the video--is the audio quality acceptable? If you are unsure, contact the Digital Skills team .
  • Students will be able to re-watch the video as revision.
  • What is the shelf-life of your video? Balance that with the time you spend on perfecting details. Student feedback shows they don't mind if you correct yourself occasionally or even pause to deal with a distraction!