This page discusses how to create video and audio resources to enhance your teaching, what you need to consider when creating them and the different options available at the University in terms of technologies.
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Creating your own video resources allows you to produce educational materials that are fitted for the purposes of your module and might provide students with alternative ways to access the contents. At City, different technologies are available to create educational video and audio from your computer without the need of a professional team or specific equipment. Also, if you need to produce high quality materials for a specific project, you could work with the Educational Technology Team in using the available facilities and equipment.
Resources created by lecturers can provide introductions or revisions for some topics. Students can watch these videos in advance, vacating face-to-face time for discussions and questions. This kind of materials also offer the opportunity to revisit the topics covered in the lesson and they can be paused, rewound and played at different speeds. Here some examples of situations in which creating your own resources can help students in their learning:
- Recording video messages to welcome students to the programme or module
- Recording screen-casts as online mini-lectures or revision presentations
- Podcasting relevant updates, news or interviews
- Creating video demonstrations of equipment, techniques, or performances for students
- Creating video case studies or scenarios for use in case-study analysis, scenario-based learning or simulated practice
- Demonstrating computer software functionality
- Include the resource in your planning: how you will use it, what you expect from students, where it is going to be published, etc.
- Before starting write a draft of the contents. It might help thinking in terms of images and text drafting a storyboard with the 'scenes' and the text for each scene.
- Write a script which you can later include as a transcript for students. Alternatively you can use Kaltura Reach for creating automated captions
- Keep it short: if your video will last more than five minutes, think how you can chunk it in smaller pieces.
- Test the software and the equipment you are using. If you need it, book a training session with the Educational Technology via Service Now to learn how to use the software.
- If you are planning to produce high quality resources using professional equipment, get in touch with the Educational Technology Team to know more about the MILL.
Current accessibility regulations state that the structure of your module and the design of your content must be accessible. You will need to add captions or a transcript to your multimedia content to make it accessible to all students.
- Write a script which you can later include as a transcript for students,
- Kaltura Reach creates machine-generated captions which can be edited. This feature has been enabled for all staff.