Guidelines and Tips for Instructional Videos at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
This article includes guidelines for Instructors to choose appropriate external videos and to create their own videos.
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is committed to making every attempt to comply with the requirements of Sections 504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Guidelines for using External Videos
Guidelines for Creating Videos
Tip #1 Do a quick test recording to ensure that audio/video are working prior to your full recording.
Nothing is worse than recording a full lecture only to find out there was a technical issue and it needs to be redone
Tip #2 Ensure that the light source in the room is between you and the camera.
A light source behind you will cast a shadow over your face
Tip #3 “Chunk” Lessons into more manageable pieces
There are different theories of what an appropriate length of a lecture video should be, the literature ranges from 20 minutes (3b) to 10 minutes (3c) but the overall consensus is that long videos can trigger cognitive overload in Online Learners (3a)
a. Long eLearning videos often lead to cognitive overload, as online learners don’t know which data ties into their challenges or learning objectives. (https://elearningindustry.com/10-tips-to-effectively-use-videos-in-elearning)b. Instructional videos should be 20 minutes or less to keep students engaged. If 20 minutes is not enough time to cover the content, try breaking up the content into smaller segmented videos. (https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2017/11/08/creating-effective-instructional-videos-online-courses)c. Keep narrated lectures short, about 10 minutes maximum. (https://teaching.pitt.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Pitt-Online-Recording-Lectures-for-Online-Viewing.pdf)
Tip #4 Avoid references that may become outdated, like Page Numbers, Textbooks or events.
You can maximize the shelf life of your presentation by avoiding mention of items that might not be current a year or two from now.( https://teaching.pitt.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Pitt-Online-Recording-Lectures-for-Online-Viewing.pdf)