Instructional videos: Creating multimedia that works for learning

Best practice in creating instructional videos that efficiently impart knowledge to students learning remotely, from Judy Brooks

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Carnegie Mellon University
6 Nov 2020
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Video is a powerful tool in online learning if used effectively. Here Judy Brooks shares best practice in creating instructional videos that efficiently impart knowledge to students, filmed as part of REMOTE, the connected faculty summit. The virtual event showcased best practice, techniques and tools for online teaching in higher education. If you’re in a rush, browse the timeline below for the key topics covered and where in the video to find them.  

01:15 Introduction to using evidence-based practices to design instructional videos 

02:00 Why you want students to do more than “watch” your online instruction 

03:05 Example of an instructional video and how it could be improved 

06:50 How to decide when video will be a useful instructional activity for students’ learning 

08:07 Key considerations when creating instructional videos 

10:17 How to manage students’ cognitive load when creating videos 

12:09 Best practice on creating videos that efficiently impart knowledge to students 

22:03 How does instructional video connect to classroom activity? 

23:33 Advice on providing closed captions for accessibility 

25:11 Recommendations for reading and books about using videos in active learning 

26:07 What is the ideal length of an instructional video? 

28:00 How can one prompt oneself without using extraneous text on slides when teaching? 

29:15 Is video still worthwhile when the production value is limited? 


This video was produced by REMOTE, the connected faculty summit, hosted by Arizona State University.  


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