Creating Instructional Video: Getting Started

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Instructional video is a type of media that can present course content to your students in a story-driven way. It can include your talking head, images, slides, other people, graphs, charts, and/or various other media to weave a timeline-based presentation. Video is a powerful asynchronous tool to explain topics for either missed lectures, a flipped classroom, or complimentary additional content. 

Instructional videos are important in courses because they can add a human touch, concretize experiential information, and present additional perspectives through interviews with other professionals in the field. Videos also provide an opportunity to focus in and go more in depth on topics that students repeatedly struggle with, or need an alternate explanation for. There are different types of instructional video content, and various tools you can use to make them. This article covers introductory information for common methods for creating video, tools available at UCSF, and information on the types of help available to you. 

If you'd like to read more about Optimizing Video for Learning, checkout this primer written by Elizabeth Choe from MIT.

Making quality video content takes a lot of preparation, resources, and energy to produce, but it also provides content you can rest on for years to come. You then have the opportunity to engage your students in other more interactive ways when meeting synchronously, and you don't have to repeat the same performance over and over each term.


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