Why a Video?
- Difficult concepts - videos allow students to review the lesson multiple times
- Key ideas - students may watch videos as homework or preparatory material
- Equal view - each learner gets the same view
- Demonstrations that are labor intensive - videos can save time and cost
Most videos are produced by recording the computer screen with audio, but many use a camera
Available in all smart classrooms Video, Camtasia can be used to create videos showing students anything you can access on a computer.
Getting started Video
Video production is scheduled with Paula Ascher. We do most of our filming at the annual summer faculty video camp. Because budget requests are due to the president in January for the fiscal year that begins in July, ideally we identify projects and write scripts early in the planning process.
January: Identification of the project/script writing
Writing a script is essential for planning technical, time, and budget requirements, communicating ideas and efficiently using time during filming. It is important to think about what the audience will see and hear in each segment of the video.
Please send Paula Ascher a document with two columns like these examples below. By comparing these scripts with the respective finished videos, you can see the planning behind the product.
|Science Lab Script||Science Lab Video Video|
|Online Instructor Introduction Script||Online Instructor Introduction Video Video|
|Creative Philosophy Script||Creative Philosophy Video Video|
April and May: Refining the project/scheduling filming
We will go over scripts and plan a filming schedule. All of the camera, lighting, microphone, blue screen, and teleprompter equipment is portable, so we can film in a wide variety of locations. For instructor introductions, there will likely be days set up specifically for this purpose to be most efficient with equipment set up.
Late summer or early fall: Video camp
Before video camp starts, please send Paula Ascher a final version of the script. She will upload it onto a teleprompter so that in most cases, you will not need to memorize lines. On the day of filming, please wear a collared shirt, which will make it easier to attach a microphone. Also, kindly do not wear stripes, which is a pattern that can look wavy on film.