How can I make my video lectures effective and engaging? (20-Minute Mentor)

The impersonal, text-heavy nature of many online classrooms makes it challenging for instructors to engage students with course material in an interesting, meaningful way. Video lectures provide an effective way for online instructors to teach content, personalize the learning experience, and evoke social conventions that promote students’ engagement with course material. But, for students to benefit from a video lecture, they must be willing to watch it.

This 20-Minute Mentor provides guidance for designing and delivering engaging video lectures that are effective in the unique context of the online classroom. You’ll receive the guidance and direction necessary to create video lectures that are intentionally designed to capitalize on the ways that students learn online.

After viewing this 20-Minute Mentor, you’ll be able to:

  • Design a video lecture that is uniquely suited to the online classroom
  • Use Web 2.0 technologies to create a video lecture
  • Understand the role of video lectures for enhancing student learning, engagement, and satisfaction

Topics Covered

  • Designing a video lecture
    • Chunking
    • Front-loading
    • Choosing an effective length
    • Personalizing the content
    • Using effective visuals
  • Recording a video lecture
    • Using technology
    • Encouraging student engagement
    • Achieving the right tone/enthusiasm
    • Providing transcripts

To get started

  1. Follow the steps to log into 20-Minute Mentor Commons (CELT provides an institutional membership)
  2. Go to the How can I make my video lectures effective and engaging? video
  3. Then to create your video prompts, use Studio in Canvas and embed the video in the discussion boards.