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Videos in education provide a useful technique to share information or thoughts, using a blend of media including images, audio and video elements. One of the most common educational reasons to create video content is to share something with students which cannot be captured or communicated in any other way. Videos can be created using a variety of tools through a five stage approach using a looped process.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  |  5. Review  ||  Support 
There are a number of ways to create videos yourself for teaching purposes using a range of resources with a D-I-Y approach. Examples include: 

  • capturing a lecture in a face-to-face environment with an accompanying presentation for review by students online (automated and manual recording options available)
  • creating content for a flipped classroom approach, where the content is delivered via a video medium and face-to-face class time is spent in an interactive or practical activity 
  • using video in peer assessment and feedback practices 
  • producing mini-lectures (approx. 5-10 mins) which target important or commonly misunderstood concepts 
  • producing content for revision or assessment preparation 
  • encouraging students to present knowledge and understanding through a visual media tool 
  • capturing unique experiences or perspectives through interviews with industry experts
These examples can be broken down into three common approaches to videos:

  1. Capturing your computer or mobile screen (with or without you, commonly referred to as screen capture)    
  2. Capturing yourself or others (such as an interview or 'talking head')  
  3. Capturing your screen as a digital whiteboard ((with or without you is commonly referred to as screen drawing)


1. Plan

Whether you are starting from scratch or editing an existing video, a storyboard or script may be an important component in planning out the components of the video, depending how complex the desirable video style. You will also need to identify the equipment needed to create your video. 


Why use a storyboard or script?

A 'storyboard' is a "graphic representation of how your video will unfold, shot by shot" (Video Maker Tips, 2014). The traditional structure of a storyboard is made up of squares with hand drawn illustrations depicting each shot with notes about what is going to happen in the scene, including any narrations. Each square is a shot or scene. Storyboards do not have to be detailed, but are designed to help you think through the process of creating a video. Another option is to use script to plan out the narration component. Templates may also be required for consistency between multiple videos. 


What equipment do you need?

When planning your video, you will need to identify the type of equipment you need to complete the task. A video camera, microphone and software to edit the video are three elements most commonly required for a range of video styles mentioned above. 

Multimedia Recording Studio

This resource is located at Sturt Campus and is available to anyone via a booking. More information and how to book. You will still need to edit your video using software such as Camtasia, installed on your computer. See below for how to install Camtasia.

Your computer

When using software to create videos, you should plan to store all the files you will be using in one location. This includes the project file (where you build the video), any screen recordings and additional media (images, video or audio files). As video files can take up a lot of space, it is advisable to store your folders either on OneDrive (which is backed up to the internet) or on the C:Drive of your computer, which you will need to manually back up to an external drive.

See below for how to install Camtasia and/or Desktop Recorder (Online Video Platform) on your computer.



2. Build (on your computer)

Once you have considered the type of video you are making, perhaps prepared a storyboard and/or a script or template, and gathered the necessary equipment, you are ready to start recording and editing your video.

Recording and editing your video can be achieved simply and easily with a range of online tools and software, both on a computer and on a phone or tablet. Some software programs allow you to capture (record) video and edit, all in one tool. At Flinders University, there are two programs available for recording and editing videos which are not covered by the lecture capture system:

  1. Camtasia (Techsmith) is a software program designed for recording and editing video content and is available for free at Flinders University. Camtasia (for Windows and Mac) can record videos at your computer desk, which may or may not include recording your screen, yourself, and footage taken elsewhere, such as on a smartphone or camera. The program enables simple to advanced editing components of the video before publishing. You can create interactive elements (visual effects, hot spots, interactivity) such as quizzes within your videos. To learn more about recording and editing video using Camtasia, view TechSmith tutorials. Camtasia is suitable software for combining multiple media formats into a video format and may be used from recording to publishing stages. It is available only for staff.
    • To install Camtasia on your computer, go to the IDS portal > Install software. Look for the Camtasia iconCamtasia icon

  2. Online Video Platform (OVP) is another option at Flinders University for creating videos. It is available using the Desktop Recorder for recording your screen, and MyMedia and Media Vault options for basic editing and hosting videos for use in FLO. Explore the help resources.  It is encouraged that videos created in Camtasia are hosted in the OVP platform Media Vault for inserting into FLO sites. My Media is your private repository in FLO where staff and students can upload, store and view your created media files. Your media can only be privately viewed online in My Media until you publish it to Media Vault and embed it in a FLO topic site (staff) or in an assignment submission (students). For staff, each FLO topic site has its own Media Vault, this is only visible to the teaching team. Once you have uploaded your media to My Media you can add it to a topic Media Vault, then anyone who can edit the FLO site can embed the video where ever an HTML editor is available.
    • To install the Desktop Recorder, go to My Media in FLO (top of screen, pull-down menu next to your name). Under Add New, select Desktop Recorder
      Add New - Desktop Recorder


3. Test

Once you have created your video (recorded, edited and published the video), it is recommended that you test the final product. 

  1. Preview your project before you publish. The video tools provided at Flinders (Camtasia and My Media > Desktop Recorder) have the preview window and controls to facilitate this process. If anything needs to be updated, fix the issue before repeating the preview process.
  2. Publish the video as a file and watch it on your computer all the way through at least once, with sound.
  3. Insert the video into FLO using Media Vault. Preview once again to ensure the video plays for you (and others).



4. Administer

To publish the video and make it available to your students, you will need to share it in FLO. No matter which tool you use to create your video, you are encouraged to share the video through the Media Vault option. 

Lecture recordings (as videos) obtained from lectures held on campus within a room set up for lecture capture, will be available as links within your FLO topic site. For more information on using the lecture tool, see:

 

5. Review

Occasionally, you will need to review the video content. Should you determine that the content needs to be updated, you should return to the original project file.

  • Camtasia project files and associated media elements should be saved in a folder together, so you can open the project and edit the material into a revised video. Camtasia enables you to trim content and replace/insert new content.
  • Online Video Platform (OVP) is managed online (under My Media). Only trimming (cutting) content can be completed in this tool, or captions, thumbnails, and chapters can be added. Return to the video and select 'Edit' to launch the editor. Explore the 'My Media' section Help: Online Video Platform to learn how to make basic edits and updates.



  Training and support

  Troubleshooting

Training

  • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to the Flinders University Staff Dev page for scheduled and up-coming sessions.  
  • The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video will give basic instructions on how to use Camtasia 
Support 

  • Support on installation: please contact the ITS Service Desk on 12345.
  • Support on using Camtasia, Desktop Recorder and SnagIt: please contact your eLearning support team

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