Videos lectures are an essential part of the online learning experience. But it is not always possible to create a world-class video lecture by the teachers. Creating video lectures consists of an exhaustive process of scripting,
learning to speak in front of a camera, delivering lectures, and explaining on a whiteboard.
These tasks significantly differ from the teachers' ability to deliver a lecture in a traditional classroom.
When creating a video lecture, the common questions asked by the faculties are,
"how do we engage students in their course?" and "how do we know if the students are paying attention?"
With the increasing popularity of both online and flipped classroom learning, the need for video lectures is also increasing day-by-day.
However, there are not many tips and guidelines for creating online video lectures.
We have created a comprehensive list of tips that will help you create better videos.
It will help you engage your students in active learning and give you insightful feedback for future videos.
1. Make Short Videos
The attention span of a student is around 10-15 minutes.
Keeping that in mind, always break down your lessons into segments of 5-10 minutes videos.
These bite-sized videos will allow them to digest all the lessons better, and they can quickly revisit the sections they didn't understand. Also, at the time of updating lessons,
it will be convenient to re-record a short video lecture and upload it, instead of creating a whole course from scratch again.
2. Use Attractive Visuals and Animations
While it is great to see and connect with the lecturer over the internet, it is hard and boring to only listen to the lecturer.
Instead, using visuals can enhance the presentation of the course and make the lesson more appealing to the students' eyes.
However, don't make text-heavy slides. Too many texts make it challenging to pay attention to the speaker. Instead, use less text with more graphics.
This will push students to listen to the lecture. It also forces them to pay more attention and take detailed notes.
3. Ask Questions
Structure the course with predefined questions. Whenever a student watches the lectures, they have to complete the questions side-by-side.
Similar to a traditional class, this activity will engage students to listen and understand the lecture completely.
To ensure whether the students are completing the question papers, you can assign them to submit their answers as a task.
This will allow you to assess your student’s performance and also helps you to make better decisions.
4. Conduct Quizzes and Self-assessments
Conducting easy quizzes frequently, help students to actively engage with video lectures, and help you to assess their knowledge.
Self-assessment helps students to assess their own learning and make sure they don’t miss out on anything.
These methods give the students and the teachers feedback so that they can work on the problems early on rather than waiting for a later time.
5. Re-use Pre-Existing Courses
As a teacher, it is impossible to create fresh content all the time. But you don't always have to create original content for your students.
There are many great courses available already that explain the topics very well.
This also creates variety in the learning process and reduces the teacher's stress to develop course content. When sharing the external lectures to your students, always ensure that the links you share will give the students full access to the courses. Also, when making a video lecture,
look at the previous videos by others, it will provide you with a fair understanding of what is working and what is not.
6. Use a Script
Online video lectures need to be clear and focused.
Writing out a clear script clears a lot of doubts and makes sure all areas of the topics are covered.
When creating an outline of the script, it is better to create separate sub-headings of the topics.
It's also essential to do a practice run before you actually start recording the videos.
7. Record Live Lectures
You don't always have to create an online video lecture separately. There are other ways to turn a lecture into a short online video course.
The teacher can record his live lecture with the students and transform that recorded video into an online video lecture. It is the most efficient way to create video lectures.
8. Be Yourself
You are not into a movie, neither is it an acting class. The best thing to do in an online video lecture is to act natural and talk in your normal way. And if you make a mistake, it is not the end of the world.
Admitting your mistakes will allow students to see your personality and help you to connect with them better.
Last but not least, don't shy away from experimenting with your lecture until you feel comfortable about your own style.
Although Online lectures need to be short, and to the point, there are plenty of ways to grab and retain students' attention.
Don't be afraid to explore different approaches and find new techniques to grab students' attention.