1. Plan it Out
A little planning will save you a lot of time when creating videos.
- Use an organization aid, such as an outline or CTEL’s Storyboard Template to think through the content of your audio or video.
- Stay focused. Or at least have a number of small “essential” clips followed by a longer “discussion” clip.
- Six 5-minute clips “feel” less daunting than one 30-minute clip.
- Online students find it more difficult to retain what they hear in the comfort of their own home than in a classroom.
- Segmenting your audio or video in this way also makes it easier for students to find and review specific details.
- Pair each clip with a reinforcing activity, like a short quiz or simple assignment. This activates retrieval learning, which helps students remember important points in your clip longer term.
- Contextualize everything. Always follow conceptual topics in your audio or video by explaining applications of that topic.
- Have each successive clip’s activity repeat and build on the previous one—repetition is key to mastery of core concepts.
2. Write a Script
Why should you use a script? Because it
- reduces the number of filler words in your speech, thus making your clip shorter and more pleasant to listen to;
- helps organize your thoughts and structure your content; and
- makes captioning your video or providing an audio transcript easier.
We recommend that you
- use Word, Google Docs, or another word-processing application to write your script;
- use a copy of your outline or storyboard as a “skeleton”;
- use correct capitalization and punctuation because later you’ll be using your script to create captions or a transcript; and
- for video, annotate your script to indicate when you’ll display different resources or perform specific actions, e.g., [Open PowerPoint Presentation].
3. Prepare Supplementary Materials
Supplementary materials include media, links, presentations, assignments, and other resources you will use while recording.
- Make a list of things you’ll need based on the annotations you made in your outline/script.
- Gather all of the resource materials you’ll use while recording. Follow these guidelines if you’re preparing resources:
- Differentiate your content. In other words, use multiple mediums to convey the same information. This will help make your content “stick,” and it’ll be intrinsically accessible.
- Carefully describe all images as they’re displayed. Be sure to read aloud any text that will be on screen.
- Be careful with your color choices. Foreground objects like text should be a color that contrasts from the background in both hue and brightness, for example, black text on a white background.
- Use bold fonts in large sizes. None of your text should use a font size less than 18 points.
- Avoid novelty fonts, e.g., Comic Sans, Zaph Dingbats, or anything “cursive-like.”
- Caption everything. Make sure any third-party supplementary audio or video you use is captioned.
- Prepare a way to see your script while you’re recording. Here are some options:
- Print it.
- Memorize it.
- Use the “presenter notes” in PowerPoint or Google Slides.
- Use a separate device as a teleprompter.
4. Record Your Video
If you plan to use the video-recording application licensed by the University of Maine system, Kaltura CaptureSpace, and you need help with getting started, visit our Kaltura page for instructions on accessing it and installing it.
Don’t like CaptureSpace? It’s fine to use a different video-recording application. However, we recommend that you still upload your video to Kaltura since it’ll securely host and caption it, plus it’s flexible in the video formats it accepts.
- Record in a quiet place with minimal echo. CTEL has a room for this, the Vault in Glickman Library. Contact us to reserve it.
- Record in an evenly lit room if you’re recording the webcam.
- Turn down the brightness on your screen since it’ll prevent your face from looking washed out.
5. Polish Your Video
Step-by-step instructions for uploading and captioning videos in Kaltura are listed at the bottom of this page.
- Finalize your video. CaptureSpace gives you the option to trim the ends of your video clip and add title slates.
- Upload your video to Kaltura. You’ll find it through the My Media link on your Blackboard homepage or at video.maine.edu.
- Add a useful description and tags for your video. A tag is a single word that is relevant to the video. A good choice might be the code for the course the video is for, e.g., MAT101. Each video requires at least one tag, but you can add multiple ones by separating them with a space. Tags are useful for filtering and searching a large collection of video in your My Media account.
- Review your video’s captions. Once your video is added to My Media, Kaltura will scan the audio and automatically generate captions using speech recognition software. The auto-captions are only 60-80% accurate, so you must check them over.
- Use your script to quickly fix captioning errors by copying and pasting text.
- Make sure your captions have correct capitalization and punctuation.
6. Post Your Video
Once your video has been uploaded and captioned, you are ready to post it in your course for students to watch. (See the instructions below.) Don’t forget to post any supplementary materials, assignments, etc. along with your video.