Table of Contents
- 1. Create serialized lectures
- 2. Demonstrate experiments
- 3. Visualize complex concepts
- 4. Encourage video-based assignments
- 5. Incorporate modern content forms
- 6. Engage with interactive videos
- E-learning videos dos and don’ts
In recent years, an increasing number of the US population has been moving away from the traditional model of education.
Remote education or e-learning is becoming especially popular among families that are embracing the nomadic lifestyle, looking for more curriculum flexibility, or have kids with special needs.
Children from elementary to secondary level are being home-schooled and more and more college students prefer taking online courses.
And now, the COVID-19 pandemic has further legitimized the need to embrace remote learning as a significant mode of education.
Within this shifting paradigm, videos have been the foundation on which the remote education model is built on.
As e-learning videos become in demand, let’s see some of the ways you can use them to create an engaging learning experience.
1. Create serialized lectures
Truly embracing the remote learning model means making all your classes available in video format.
Students must be able to access all the lectures at a centralized location. These e-learning videos could be recordings of actual class lectures or Zoom sessions.
However, students who choose the e-learning route may not want to be distracted by class discussions.
To provide a more enriched learning experience, you can record a series of lectures in a studio. A video production agency can help you with the sound, lighting, and building the perfect set.
They can also help you with post-production editing, adding sound effects and graphics to your live e-learning videos.
Check out this clean and valuable educational video by Hubspot Academy.
A professionally created lecture series can serve as a learning resource for your students for years to come.
However, educational institutions, especially public schools, are often short on budget and can’t afford professional video services.
In that case, you can always turn a spot in your home/office into a makeshift studio and record there. Check out our following piece to produce good quality live videos yourself.
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Apart from live videos, whiteboard animations can also spice up the teacher-student dynamic. They bring boring topics to life with illustrations, animation, and fun sound design.
Just like live videos, you can either get these done professionally or use one of the DIY whiteboard animation tools available online.
2. Demonstrate experiments
Showing is always better than telling. That’s why science teachers prefer demonstrating experiments in the lab.
Remote students don’t have to miss out on such live learning experiences. You can always create how-to videos and show them the step-by-step processes of an experiment.
This way, you also encourage students to conduct their own experiments. Here’s a simple video teaching kids how to make a basic circuit.
Another great way to give remote students hands-on learning is through screencast videos.
Remember how daunting it was to create your first spreadsheet or your first PowerPoint presentation?
Screencast videos help students navigate through the intricacies of different tools and software. They’re especially handy for design, programming, and analytics courses among others.
You can also create screencasts to explain how to use your institution’s learning management tool. Here’s an example of a screencast video we did to help users get an understanding of the platform.
Get a rundown of how to create quality screencasts and amp up your e-learning video experience.
Read in depth: 3 Ways to Record Killer Screencast Videos
3. Visualize complex concepts
We’ve all been in at least one class where the professor goes on and on about a complex topic and everyone is like, “Huh?”
With remote classes, it may become even harder to connect with students and bring them on the same page about a difficult topic.
That’s where you can bank on the power of animated explainer videos. They take away the limitations of the physical world and make visualizing intangible concepts easier.
From explaining molecular functions to materializing psychological processes, an animated explainer video is the best e-learning tool to date.
Check out this animated explainer video simplifying the concept of wormholes.
4. Encourage video-based assignments
Remote education doesn’t have to be a one-way process. You can always indulge your students more by asking them to submit video-based assignments.
Now, students don’t usually have the expertise or the budget to create videos for schoolwork themselves. Suggest some DIY tools they can use to create short videos of their own.
DIY video tools come with scores of templates and animation options that can help students create quality video assignments in no time.
5. Incorporate modern content forms
Teachers who keep up with the pop culture and try to make their lessons fun are always a hit.
To mix things up in your e-learning videos, you can always incorporate relevant memes, GIFs, and even infographics.
Millennial and Gen Z students love micro-content humor and they’ll instantly become more engaged with the class.
Moreover, students are more likely to retain something longer that took them by surprise or made them laugh.
6. Engage with interactive videos
Keeping students attentive is a feat for teachers at all educational stages. If you don’t actively involve your students in the class, you might find them snoozing in the corner.
To make your remote lessons more engaging, use an interactive video format. It creates stronger learning experiences by giving students choices and more control.
While the interactive video technology is still developing, you can create short quizzes, produce 360° visuals, and even boost learning through VR.
See how students were taught to save a life with this interactive video.
E-learning videos dos and don’ts
Now that you know how to boost your remote learning curriculum with videos, let’s see some of the things you should keep in mind while making them.
1. Don’t use over-the-top animations
It may be tempting to make your animations look top-notch. However, in an academic context, simple and clean animations work better.
You don’t want special effects to take focus away from the message you’re trying to deliver. Animations should complement rather than overpower your lesson.
2. Avoid monotone
Nothing makes students lose interest faster than a monotone professor. Even though you might be talking to the camera while recording, try to talk like you’re addressing a real class.
Natural tone and pitch changes help engage the students better. Learners are also more likely to respond to a smiling and friendly face.
3. Use simple language
As within a traditional classroom, try to keep your language simple and easy to understand for students.
Remote learners may come from various geographical backgrounds which may affect their understanding of jargon and complex language.
4. Ensure diversity in content
Again keeping in mind the varying geographical and cultural backgrounds of remote learners, make sure that your content is sensitive to the differences.
Include actors or animated characters depicting different races, ethnicities, and religions.
It’s also important to note that a lot of home-schooled students might be differently-abled.
Be mindful of their challenges and assist accordingly. For instance, making sure to add captions for students with hearing challenges.
5. Make videos downloadable
To avoid a lack of access due to technical or internet issues, make all your e-learning videos easily downloadable.
This way both you and the students can have peace of mind and a seamless remote learning experience is ensured.
Whether you’re aiming to create animated explainer videos or record live tutorial videos, we can help you get started on your video curriculum.
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