How To Create Quality Video For Online Courses

Why Create Video for Online Courses?

How to make an effective training video for your online course?

Answer these 4 Questions Before Creating your first Video For Online Courses

Who is the course for?

Why create training videos?

What will you achieve?

How long should the video lecture be?

7 Steps for Creating Attractive Videos for Online Courses

1. Plan Before Creating

  • How will it fit into my course structure? (Will this be an introductory video for the course or information woven throughout the lesson plans?)
  • What kind of tone or style will I use? (Lighthearted? Serious? Overly folksy?)
  • What do I want my viewers to take away from this video? (A sense of humour? A better understanding of specific facts?)
  • How can I use visuals and audio effectively? (Will I have voiceovers, music and/or sound effects?)
  • Where will my videos live on my site? What other elements might they add to my site and course (text, photos, links)?
  • Mentally walk through all the possible topics in your online course, and write down ideas for how video could be used in each. You can create a step-by-step tutorial or simply give someone a quick demonstration. For example, if you teach a web design class, you might use video to show someone using a particular tool or platform.
  • Once you have some ideas for videos on paper, you can start envisioning exactly how they will look. Be as detailed as possible because this will help you plan what equipment you will need later.
  • Now decide on a schedule for when each video will be released. This doesn’t mean that it has to be released on a specific date, but rather that you should have a rough idea of how much time is needed to produce each video.
  • If your course requires students to watch videos before being able to move forward in the class, consider creating a video for each module.

2. Decide What Type of Video to Create

  • A screen capture video, which shows you talking directly to the camera as you use your computer and talk about the things you’re doing
  • A voiceover video, where you speak into a microphone while sitting in front of a whiteboard or standing against a different backdrop
  • An interview video, where someone else is asking questions, and you respond with answers

3. Create an Outline for your Video Online Course

4. Gather Your Gear before recording and Video Editing your Online Class

  • A camera: You probably already have one of these lying around, but if not, you can pick up a decent HD camera for about $200. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does need to be able to record in HD (high definition), which will look better on the web than basic definition.
  • A microphone: If you’re recording yourself speaking or doing an audio podcast, you can use your computer’s built-in mic. Again, this doesn’t have to be expensive; you can find a good microphone that plugs directly into your computer for just a little more than $100.
  • Video editing software: This is my favourite part! Even if you’ve never edited before, it’s super easy with software like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker (if you’re on a Windows machine). Both are free if you have a Mac or PC, and they offer pretty much all of the same features as their paid counterparts (at least in my experience).

5. Prepare Your Place for Filming

  • It’s essential to make sure that your work area is well-lit and distraction-free. This might mean clearing the table and ensuring you have everything you need in front of you (and nothing you don’t), turning off the TV, turning off your cell phone and putting it out of reach, and closing the door if necessary.
  • The first thing most people do when setting up our filming space is to clear a large table and lay down a fresh piece of paper so we won’t look at and confuse our notes from previous videos.
  • They also use a pair of tiny mirrors to reflect additional light onto each side of our face, which has helped us immensely with removing shadows.
  • People have found that having all of our materials laid out before they start filming helps them keep their thoughts organized, but they like to have plenty of room to move around so they can talk naturally while pointing to what we’re describing onscreen.
  • If you notice that you get distracted easily, having someone there to help keep things moving can be invaluable when it comes time to record.

6. Setup The Camera and Lights

7. Double-check Everything Before Shooting Starts

3 Killer Tips for Recording Online Courses

1. Keep the Background Plain.

2. Clean your Audio.

3. Use Hand Gestures.




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