Tips for Recording Video for a Flipped Classroom
One strategy to engage students in the learning content before a flipped class is to ask them to watch videos. This document provides you with tips for recording videos for your flipped classroom.
1. Select a simple and straightforward technology to record videos.
Various tools are available for you to record videos for your lectures. Screencast-O-Matic, Camtasia and Jing are some examples. Choose a simple and straightforward technology that doesn’t have a steep learning curve. We recommend using Screencast-O-Matic, a tool that captures your computer screen. Tutorials for using Screencast-O-Matic are listed below:
- Record your screen and webcam
- Use the draw and zoom tool while recording
- More features of the draw and zoom tool
2. Start with a few lessons.
It takes time to create video lectures for your class even when your PowerPoint lectures are ready. Don’t try to flip your whole class in one semester. That could be overwhelming. Start with the concepts most students are grappling with and record videos for those concepts. You can add additional lessons each semester.
3. Don’t make videos that are longer than 10-15 minutes.
Your videos should be no more than 10-15 minutes. Otherwise, you will lose your students’ attention. Break a topic into segments and make a short video for each segment.
4. Write scripts before recording videos.
Write scripts for your videos prior to recording. When you record with scripts, you will feel more confident and be able to make your video free of mutterings and awkward pauses. The Pro features of Screencast-O-Matic can assist in creating a script, recording with a script, and editing a recording with scripts. An added benefit is that your script can be used as the closed caption file when your video is complete.
5. Make your video accessible.
Captioning is needed to make video accessible for individuals who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. If you've already written a script for your video, this can be used to create captions as well. If you used the Scripting tool in Screencast-o-Matic, you can choose to use your script as the caption file when you are publishing your video.
If you didn't use the Scripting tool, you can still create a text caption file that can be added to your video:
Make sure that the software you use to create your video allows you to add captions.
6. Include a summary of the lecture in your video and a hook for the next video.
Summarize the key points of the lecture towards the end of your video to provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the lesson. You can also include a "hook" for the next video to attract students’ attention to future content.
7. Use a microphone and good lighting.
To ensure that you are recording good audio, use an external microphone instead of your computer's internal microphone. We recommend either a Blue Snowball microphone, or a headset USB microphone (such as the Microsoft Lifechat LX-6000). These microphones will reduce ambient noise.
If you are using your webcam, turn off or dim almost all other lights in the room that are behind and above you. Place a desk lamp near your computer, and angle it toward your face. This will help brighten your face when the webcam is recording.
8. Upload your video to Kaltura and available to students in eLC.
When your video is ready for students to see, you can make it available to students in eLC via UGA's streaming media service, Kaltura.
9. Use other people’s videos.
You don’t have to create videos all by yourself. Make a good use of quality videos available online. We suggest searching for videos on the following sites:
- Khan Academy
- Stanford YouTube
- University of Oxford Podcasts
- TED Ed
- Academic Earth
When using others’ videos, make sure to attribute their work. Visit the University System of Georgia’s copyright information site to learn how to properly handle copyrighted material being used for educational purposes.
10. Contribute to others’ works.
If you intend to place a copyright notice on your videos, consider a Creative Commons license. Just as you may have used others’ works to further illustrate your teaching, teaching professionals may want to use your video in their lessons. Learn more about Creative Commons licensing.