Videos can be a powerful way to humanize an online or blended class -- if they are developed to support the following key principles:
- Be focused. Begin with a clear topic and stay on track. Align videos with student learning objectives.
- Be brief. Aim for 5-minutes max.
- Be real. If your video features you, be yourself. Your students don't want a robot. They want you!
- Be creative. Try new tools including Animoto or Adobe Spark Video. They will make you look like a pro.
- Share. Use public domain or Creative-Commons licensed images and music in your video (or select media from the resources provided inside your tool) and share your own video with a CC-license too.
- Be sustainable. Avoid referencing details in the video that you know will soon change (like dates). Instead, include these details in written form in your course.
Examples from CI Faculty