Faculty, instructors, graduate students, and staff from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) recently met for the 3rd CLAS Demofest to showcase innovative teaching practices across diverse content areas. For this semester’s event, eight presenters from seven different departments and schools in CLAS shared and discussed their teaching, spanning a variety of course formats (face-to-face, blended, online) and different student enrollment (large lecture courses, small undergraduate and graduate seminars, etc.). [Read more…]
During the planning and design phase with an instructional designer, an instructor decides the best method to deliver content and present information. It might be that a Google doc, infographic or mentormob is needed, but keep in mind the value of video. Research supports the effectiveness in creating a sense of instructor presence through the use of video.
When instructionally aligned and where appropriate, engage your students with a video announcement, video introduction to a chapter, video demo, video instructions, video discussion of a complex topic, video of a special guest or get creative and make a video to promote an activity or assignment. Remember to offer options, consider accessibility, pay attention to camera angle, sound quality and lighting, but most of all enjoy the experience. Solicit feedback from your students to find out what worked. Start small and keep it short.
Follow these five easy steps for creating embeddable videos with YouTube. The timing of each step can vary depending on your skill and YouTube’s processing speed.
Your course deadline is approaching and many of you will be heading to one of the studios to record your Meet Your Instructor, Course Tour/Introduction, Weekly Lecture and/or Weekly Topic videos. I came across some great advice for making videos and thought I would share.
Here’s a tip for the week: Shorter videos are more engaging—think of the popular TED Talks.