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The best approach for you will be decided by your subject and the style you feel will best suit your content and audience. You don’t have to just choose one and stick to it, mixing them up, is also a good idea.
1. Screen sharing
Screencasting is a perfect way to share slides or show your workflow. Screen sharing can also be a great way to demonstrate various software, explaining practical exercises, or showing the code. If your whole class is a screencast, you’ll need to pay special attention to the quality of your voiceover and the visual experience to keep your students engaged and interested.
If you teach programming, you’ll most likely begin by explaining the fundamental concepts and principles. There is no better way to illustrate it than with an example. Open your editor, type some code, and leave a comment for each line or block. If your course requires students to use particular applications (for example, graphic design or game development), you can quickly walk them through the user interface.
To make a screen sharing video, follow the same steps as if you were sharing your slides: use some of the screen-recording tools listed below, add voiceover, or insert a talking head video in the corner of the screen (optional).
It might be a great alternative to a talking head video if you prefer to stay out of the screen. You can use any tool you find comfortable. Some great tools are Google Slides, Keynote, and Powerpoint.
Of course, a slideshow is hardly a lecture on its own. To deliver the content, you’ll need to add commentary, and you have two options: a voiceover or a tiny talking head in the corner of the screen. If you have a microphone and/or a webcam, professional screen-recording software will allow you to do both.
The following are some of the most common options for such software:
- Screencast-O-Matic (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook)
- Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
- QuickTime (Windows or Mac)
- Camtasia (Windows or Mac)
Audio: We recommend using a lavalier microphone to record your voice. Remember to keep the mic close to your mouth and record in a quiet environment!
3. Talking Head (optional)
To keep your videos personal and entertaining, use a “talking-head” type video for introductions. Using a combination of talking heads and screencasts will keep your class interesting and visually appealing (we suggest switching up visuals in some way every 30 seconds or so, to keep students engaged.)
You’ll need a camera and decent lighting to capture talking head videos in addition to a microphone for screencasting.
First and foremost, choose your background carefully to prevent distractions: a white background is a good option, but you can work in any clean and tidy professional environment.
Length of a video lecture
A video that is too long will fail to keep the audience’s attention until the very last second. This may have a negative impact on their ability to retain information.
It is recommended to have video lectures of about 2-12 minutes long. You can be flexible and make longer video lectures if it is more suitable for your topic. You may have 3-10 lectures in a single module. These are recommendations and you can adapt it to your particular topic.
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