Looking for a great way to make a richer, more personal connection with your online students? Try video!
This tip comes from a blog post by Josh Murdock, an instructional designer at Valencia College in Florida. He uses weekly video updates to keep his online students engaged. He notes, "Students have given great feedback on this type of video announcement. Students say they feel more connected, understand expectations better, and get a better sense of the assignments each week."
I have created weekly updates via webcam for my online educational technology courses for a few semesters now... I tend to follow a similar pattern each week for the video announcements.
This type of video announcement is easy to produce using a basic webcam, sometimes recorded directly to YouTube as an unlisted video. Unlisted setting allows you to easily share the link or embed without having the video searchable or showing up on your YouTube channel...
Don’t forget how important audio quality is when recording; consider using a microphone instead of the webcam microphone, depending on its quality and clarity. Create a simple script or outline to follow each week as you record, this will help you keep on track and not forget that detail you wanted to discuss.
This type of video announcement lets your students see their online teacher, which is often rare in a fully online course... It’s also important to include a transcription... for students needing access to a text version, until auto transcription improves.
Feeling more connected to the course always is always comforting for students, especially those taking their first online course or struggling to understand assignments based on text directions and examples. [Text was edited slightly. Read Josh's original post.]
The composing interface in our LMS provides several ways to record and post video in your online class. Both students and instructors can post video in the Discussion (in posts or comments). Instructors can also use it in creating a Global Topic, posting an Instructor Update, or critiquing an image with the Notes tool. Visit our newly updated page on Using Video in Online Classes to learn about techniques and best practices for using video in your online class.