How can I engage my students with pre-recorded video content?
Online teaching can be conducted either synchronously (live via an online conference tool) or asynchronously (by pre-recording a video to upload to Blackboard).
There are numerous advantages to making a shift towards asynchronous delivery, including:
- Asynchronous learning frees the teacher up from delivery online sessions at a certain time. It provides the same flexibility to students, who can engage with content at different times, in different ways, as is conducive to their schedule.
- Producing a series of well thought-out videos reduces the number of times the same content needs to be prepared and delivered to different groups and cohorts – a significant advantage when it comes to larger classes.
- Having video content online frees up the time allocated for students to attend a live session. This creates new possibilities for the way we design learning to engage students.
The challenge is how to design pre-recorded content in a way that it is engaging.
Five Top Tips
- Divide longer teaching sessions into manageable learning chunks of 6-8 minutes. Rather than trying to transmit as much information as possible, focus on what you can bring each week to support students to navigate the subject matter.
- Prioritise what students do around the video content. Intersperse learning activities to promote cognitive engagement. You could also give students a task upfront to help them focus while watching.
- Consider activities that students could engage in collaboratively too. If they elect into Blackboard groups, they can arrange their own catchup times in Bb Collaborate, to work on formative activities.
- Let students know when new videos (with associated activities) are posted. This can be as simple as posting a brief announcement or including a bullet point in a ‘weekly update’ to students.
- Only post your pre-recorded videos to AUT Blackboard courses or AUT Panopto sites for privacy and copyright reasons. By default, these tools are set so that students cannot download files to their devices.
- How to pre-record a mini lecture (Panopto):
- Install Panopto. Please follow the downloading Panopto instructions, selecting the relevant video or pdf dependant on your device type (Mac or PC).
- Record your lecture. Please follow the setting up and recording in Panopto instructions. To edit the length of your recording please watch the how to trim a video tutorial.
- Upload your videos to Blackboard. Ensure you have set up your Blackboard course with Panopto. Follow the adding videos to Blackboard folders through Panopto instructions. As a video creator you can dictate who is able to view your media with just a couple of simple steps. Please follow the sharing options in Panopto instructions.
- How to record a mini lecture (Voiceover PowerPoint): Another way to deliver a mini lecture is to add an audio narrative to a PowerPoint, which can be done within PowerPoint using the ‘add audio’ feature. The same rules of manageable bite-sized learning sections apply. Follow these instructions to Record a slide show with narration and slide timings and these instructions to add files, images, videos and audio files to your Blackboard course.