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.
1. Write a Script
Unless you’re an excellent improvisationalist, it’s best to write a script. Write in short, easy-to-understand sentences. Focus on your audience and your primary goal of the message. Refrain from mentioning dates or any specifics that could change if you plan to use the video each term. Begin your script with a question, solve a problem or share a story to hook your viewer. If you want students to follow instructions after watching, make sure you are clear and concise. Try to sound natural and read your script aloud before recording.
You’ll need a desktop or laptop with a webcam and microphone, your script, a stable surface, good lighting and a clear background—no one wants to see a shaky, dark silhouette or a messy laundry basket behind you. Note: If you are using a mobile device, the process is different, and you will need to record your video with the device then upload to YouTube.
Remember to pause, breathe and smile before talking. Pausing not only will prepare you for recording but will provide a natural spot to trim excess video. Show enthusiasm, keep eye contact and keep it short. Watch this screencast on how to use YouTube to create your video. Here is a link to the transcript if needed.
4. Edit and Publish
Trim the beginning and ending as needed. Combine multiple clips for longer videos. Add enhancements if needed, but keep it simple. You don’t want to create cognitive overload with too much going on. Lastly, don’t forget to change the privacy settings to meet your needs. Note: Change the settings to private for any videos on your account that you prefer to keep private, because once a student views your new video, they can click your name and view any other videos you have open to the public. You might want to clear and disable your video watching history as well, unless you don’t mind students knowing you’ve watched hundreds of videos of cats playing piano.
Good luck creating embeddable videos with YouTube! Know that you can contact your instructional designer for assistance as needed.