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E-learning or online learning relies heavily on video content, including livestreaming and recorded lecture captures, video conferencing, and additional video content. For many instructors, creating video content is a new process, and one that can differ significantly from traditional classroom teaching. Use these tips to make engaging and effective video learning resources for your students.

  1. Keep your videos focused and on-topic. Students are most likely to engage effectively with shorter videos. Some instructors may find it more effective to create a number of shorter videos to cover the content typically included in a class session in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Review YuJa’s learning analytics to assess the success of different videos in an individual class.
  2. Watch your video content. Take the time to watch your own video content and assess your tone of voice, speech patterns, and mannerisms. Small changes can make you a better e-learning instructor.
  3. Check your tech. Make sure that all cameras and microphones are functioning well before starting a recording. Cameras should provide a clear view, and audio should be crisp, with minimal interference.
  4. Add interaction. Interactive features, like the YuJa video quiz, keep students focused and engaged with video learning. You can also opt for polls or text quizzes after the video to assess student interest and understanding.
  5. Make it social. Take advantage of the Real-time Discussions to get students talking about material presented in a video.
  6. Stay creative. Use a variety of visual aids, play with camera angles, or incorporate a SmartBoard, document camera or other media into your presentations.
  7. Get comfortable. Being on camera is hard for some instructors. Consider other options, like audio recording with visual aids to help instructors who feel uncomfortable on camera.
  8. Demonstrate skills and information. Don’t just tell your students about the material in your course. Where ever possible, you should show the students. Use screensharing to illustrate software skills, or use a close-up camera to show a real-time demo of a hands-on skill.
  9. Maintain accessibility. Accessibility means that students can access and use videos regardless of ability or disability, and can easily access videos from a computer, smartphone or other device.
  10. Relax! High-quality video content is important, but instructors will do best to remember to let go of perfection and be happy with engaging and educational content, even if they make the same mishaps that commonly occur in a classroom.