Popular books, films, and shows have given us some memorable teachers. When John Keatings from Dead Poets Society asked his students to “seize the day,” we could not help but get goosebumps.
Think about when Professor McGonagall encouraged Neville Longbottom to pursue his dreams in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the more recent Sex Education, we witnessed another great teacher in Emily Sands. Whether helping Maeve or Adam, she did leave a mark on us with her empathetic behaviour.
Watching or reading about all the influential and inspirational teachers wanted us to have such teachers in our real life. However, how about transforming into one such charismatic teacher yourself? The advent of online teaching has made teaching videos quite popular.
Around 86% of viewers in the US watch YouTube videos to learn something. Approximately 72% prefer learning about a product or service through videos. You can create engaging teaching videos for your students and increase their interest in a subject or topic. Besides worrying about editing the video, you need to know some tips to make it effective. Here are some suggestions for making teaching videos:
Before recording your teaching videos, you need to be ready for them. It might seem contradictory, but preparing yourself does not mean making a script. Mugging up a script can make your video look artificial. Prepare a brief outline of your video and keep it next to your camera. You can improvise and be spontaneous with your notes to make your video seem more natural. Talk naturally and keep a conversational tone as you do in a classroom.
Set up the Environment
You need to have a proper environment for your video to captivate your audience. Always find a quiet room where no one can interrupt you—mute your phone and computer notifications to avoid popping sounds in between your video. Any noise can be pretty distracting and make your audience lose focus. Especially when you are recording teaching videos, a calm environment with no distractions is necessary.
The background of your teaching videos also needs to be kept in mind. Your study room or office space can be an excellent choice for shooting teaching videos. You can also choose an outdoor location for a change. Put your back against a neutral background with the light source at the front. Do not sit in front of a window thinking natural light will make you look good. Showing a pile of mess in your room can make your videos look unprofessional.
Introduce Yourself in the Beginning
Teaching videos are like a one-on-one conversation with your students. Your students will not ask questions in the middle of the video. They can always leave their doubts in the comments sections or message you about it. However, since no conversation is possible during the video, it might seem a little monotonous for them.
When you introduce yourself at the beginning of the video, it helps build connections with your students. Your students will feel that they know you and trust you to know more about a particular topic.
Talk to the Camera
You might be doing video editing with all your efforts and will, but if you do not talk directly to the camera, it will fail to create an impact. If you record your video while looking at the camera, your audience will feel you maintain eye contact. Looking down at the camera is not the right angle for shooting teaching videos. If you do not have a tripod, you can place your camera on a stack of books to raise its height. Your entire face, along with most of your torso, should appear on the videos.
Keep Your Teaching Video Short
You cannot expect your students to have a long attention span. It is prudent not to make teaching videos longer than ten minutes. Six minutes is optimal to make your students watch the entire video. If your videos are longer, the chances are that your students will stop watching them midway.
To keep your videos short, cover one topic in one video. If you have more to say about a particular video, create more parts to cover every aspect of the topic.
Follow the 4E instruction model while making your teaching videos. The model revolves around engaging, exploring, explaining, and extending.
You should always prepare your content while focusing on these four points. It would be great to include interesting information in your videos to engage them. Avoid digressions and irrelevant facts to ensure a smooth flow in your teaching videos.
Record the Video at a Go
Recording your teaching videos in one go is the way to do it. If you pause your camera every time you make a mistake, it will take ages to complete the recording. Do not focus on your mistakes while recording the video. You can say whatever comes to your mind and stop the video in the end.
Starting to record your video from the beginning every time you make a mistake won’t guarantee you will not make the same error again.
Do not Go Overboard with Editing.
You should not get too creative while editing the video. Avoid using filters and stick with the natural tint of the video. Spinning transitions or goofy fade-ins will not make your video any interesting. All these tactics will only create distractions in your teaching video. You don’t need peppy background music in your teaching video.
Only your audio needs to be loud and distinct in the video. Instead, focus on adding features that will make your video more beneficial to the audience. For instance, add text transcripts to hear-impaired people, or non-native speakers can follow the video.
Teaching videos are helpful for people who want to learn new things on the internet. Invest in a few good quality equipment like a mic and webcam to enhance your teaching videos and make them more valuable for students.