Presented by: Robert Zotti
As the use of videos in online courses is growing in popularity, the process of creating them is getting easier. Or is it? Although there are dozens of devices, applications, and editing tools that can be used to create academic content, the actual process of producing it demands that choices be made, either implicitly or explicitly, about which side of the video quality spectrum to aim for. On one side is the low end "quick and dirty" effort, which may be perfectly suitable for one-off situations. Towards the other end are higher-quality efforts that can be excruciatingly complicated but pay off in terms of content re-use. Is there a middle ground of reasonable quality with relatively low complexity?
This presentation explores the different challenges and trade-offs inherent in the production of videos for online courses. These challenges include those related to content, format, technology, administration, and to the speakers themselves. For example, who does the filming? The editing? The uploading? Who takes care of the storage (and eventually the disposal), the revisions (if needed), and the support? How long should videos be, and how much effort should it really take to create them? What kind of videos (voice-over Powerpoint presentations, demonstrations, or assignment feedback) are most useful to students?
This presentation concludes with ideas for how online instructors can develop and deploy good quality videos without climbing a steep learning curve. Two approaches are explored: desktop solutions for maximum flexibility (though they still involve a relatively deep involvement on the part of the instructor) and a studio solution (which minimizes the demands on the instructor but involves a higher cost of overhead).
Participants will receive a checklist of items to consider when embarking on a new video project.