Capturing Video and Your Students’ Attention
December 15, 2010 by Luke Mueller
Mueller: What do you think instructors should do to ensure a successful video?
Gregorian: The more interactive the video is, the more the students will enjoy it. Instead of a PowerPoint that just has words, have something that makes them feel involved like a video of you talking and explaining your topic with images. If you have a tough concept to grasp, walk your students through it rather than just having the information there for them to figure out.
Mueller: Okay, so what are some things that instructors may overlook when creating video?
Gregorian: Good lighting is a major component to a successful video. Wimba, as well as most software, has a preview feature you can use to make sure you have a good, clear video. The biggest thing to avoid is excessive backlight. If you need backlight, for example you are trying to capture the scenery outside, make sure to have more frontlight to counter the shadow the backlight casts on your face.
Mueller: How about capturing good audio, any good tips?
Gregorian: Again, the preview feature is a good way to ensure good, clean audio. When you record audio there are levels that range from green to yellow to red. The optimum quality is in the fringe between the green and yellow. I record multiple takes to make sure you have a variety to choose from. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes. Would you be interested in the video you created? If not, try it another way until you are satisfied.
Mueller: So where can instructors go for additional help?
Gregorian: In the Axio Learning online help, there is a wealth of help topics for users. Wimba’s online help also has a search feature which makes finding your topic easy. There are plenty of how-to’s and troubleshooting to benefit even the savviest users.