(This post was originally written in the College of Western Idaho’s Virtual Campus Newsletter, March 2013.  It provides help and resources for online instructors.)

What is a video lecture?

A video lecture is a digital lecture you post on your Blackboard site.  It is different than your standard PowerPoint presentation.  It can include:

  • Video/audio of the instructor with accompanying content (like slides)
  • Instructor demonstrating a process, such as recording a welding technique
  • Presentation that covers multiple subjects with intentional breaks and practice quizzes embedded

There is no “one way” to accomplish this.  It’s a creative process and depends entirely on your subject matter.  For example, a Math lecture may look like this, while a Diesel Mechanic tutorial looks like this.

Why should I use it?

In a word: presence.  Instructor presence is critical to building a connection with your students.  In addition, if you create easy-to-follow multimedia presentations with a comfortable interface, your students will have access to material throughout the semester that they can easily refer back to.

Students don’t always learn from simply reading.  They also don’t learn from a 45-minute long video with an instructor talking straight into the camera.  They need the same demonstration and practice opportunities they would receive in a face-to-face lecture.

How do I do it?

We recommend starting small.  You can start by adding audio to your PowerPoint presentations and setting them to auto-run, or giving short introductions recorded on a webcam at the beginning of each new unit.

You can use Camtasia or record your Collaborate sessions, too.  There are a lot of options available!