Ideas for different types of videos
There are many other types of video that can assist in building your course. Today we will explore some of these other options for video – get creative! Today we will cover Interviews, Q&As, and Demonstrations. Here’s Crystal to say hello!
The interview format allows presenters to explore content in a different way. The interviewer doesn’t always have to be a subject matter expert, which allows for a different approach to explaining concepts and ideas. Bringing in external experts, colleagues, international guests, or doing a “vox pop” with members of the public can bring in new voices and broaden the scope of your material. While face-to-face interviews in a studio work well to give a polished end result, there are many options to record in other locations, or even via online tools such as Skype.
When recording your interview give consideration to the location, is there background noise? Does it add value to the the piece? Also think about how you can frame the video, and use a few different shots to keep the piece interesting, keep in mind the Rules of Thirds. Take a look at a recent interview presentation done by ANU Media Team – ANUPoll finds the great Australian dream is fading.
- Here are a few resources that can help you with filming interviews
- Tips for interviewing scientists
- How to interview like a journalist (no matter what your job is)
- Shooting Documentary Style Interviews – Video Tutorial
- Best Camera angles for a video interview
- Recording Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls
Question and Answer Videos and End of Week Wrap Up Videos
Question and Answer videos gives the teacher or instructor an opportunity to present content in a different format and have a more “conversational” feel to presentation of content. End of Week (or topic/module) videos give the presenter an opportunity to delve into the questions and difficulties students have had in the week or topic. These videos can be recorded somewhere comfortable for the presenter. You can use just a phone, or tablet, or whatever you have available. While the video production doesn’t need to be high for this task you will need to make sure that your audio is clear.
For both of these video types it is recommended that you have the questions or discussion points organised before you start recording. Even if you are planning a live Q&A session there are opportunities to ask your students to pre-submit questions to you. This process worked well for live Periscope sessions during ANUx MOOC How to Survive Your PhD, in which questions and discussion points were collected through and online forum prior to recording. Periscope is a live video broadcasting app that is connected to a Twitter account, and can be used to stream video from anywhere and allow viewers to comment.
For an example, check out this Summary & Q&A video (with audience interaction, via Periscope) from the MOOC. This was a live event that was recorded for anyone who could not make it at the scheduled time.
Demonstration videos are particularly good at providing some simulation, situational learning. This video has been used in science and medicine courses where students require instruction on a technique before attempting in a laboratory environment. This method can also be used to assist students with pre-lab work, and looking at experiments that might otherwise be long or costly. Demonstration video can also be used as a resource for students on or about to engage in fieldwork.
Filming these are best done in the appropriate environment (eg a lab, the field, etc). For short pieces that will get regular use throughout your teaching make sure you plan it out, think about lighting and sound. If you have access to media professionals reach out and ask for some advice. For videos that will be used every year, or viewed by multiple classes it might be worth while considering a higher production quailty, such as use of a studio, etc.
Here are a few examples from disciplines of a demonstration video:
- Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Injections
- Erosion and Soil
- Frog Dissection [Warning, this one is graphic]
- Knife Skills: Cutting Techniques
- How to Identify a Plant (old but still a great demonstration of a technique)
Further Video Types
There are lots of other video types as well for you to consider that we don’t quite have time for today, but think about how your discipline and topic could be presented in some of these different ways.
- Panel discussions
- Promotional videos
- Student generated content
Which of the mentioned video types would suit your teaching? What other video styles have you used, that haven’t been mentioned?
What might be the issues you would face when trying to create some of these methods yourself?
We’d love to here if you have used any of these video types, and how the students reacted.
Guo, Kim, and Rubin (2014), How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos, http://pgbovine.net/publications/edX-MOOC-video-production-and-engagement_LAS-2014.pdf
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