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Five tips when creating videos

When is the video format appropriate? How long should the video be? And how do you achieve good audio quality? On this page, you'll receive five concrete tips for when you're creating and using video in your teaching.

1. Consider the purpose

Before recording a video, consider its purpose. This will help you determine whether, and if so, how you should use video in your teaching. It also streamlines your workflow. For example, if the purpose is to teach students how to find scientific sources, you can record an explanatory video that is optional for those who need it. Make sure the purpose of the video is clear when sharing it with your students, so they understand how to incorporate the video into their studies. Read more about different ways to use video in the text "Different Ways to Use Video in Teaching."

Different Ways to Use Video in Teaching

2. Limit the content

Video works well when the content is well-defined. Don't record an entire lecture; instead, select key parts. If you need to cover a lot of material, it's better to record several short, thematic videos rather than one long video. This creates better conditions for students to absorb the information. It also makes it easier for them to revisit and review specific parts as needed.

3. Keep the video short

Viewer attention tends to decline after five to seven minutes. Therefore, avoid recording longer videos. Also, consider that a long video will require more subtitling work.

4. Improve audio quality

Poor audio in a video can distract from the learning process. A microphone, such as a lapel mic, significantly improves audio quality. There are microphones that you can connect to your mobile phone and are easy to use. Some institutions offer microphones for borrowing. You can check with your nearest administration to see what options are available. Otherwise, a microphone usually costs around £40. If you don't need to use the microphone often, you may consider pooling resources with a colleague to purchase one. There are several approved microphone retailers on Proceedo, which you can access via the link below.

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5. Subtitle and edit in Studio

All teaching staff at Lund University are required to create accessible course content. Therefore, it's important to subtitle videos used in your teaching. The digital tool Studio subtitles your videos with about 85% accuracy. This means you don't need to transcribe everything said in the video, just edit the subtitles. In Studio, you can also edit your video with simple techniques. For example, you can splice together different parts or remove content you don't want in the final video. You can find more detailed instructions on how to subtitle and edit in the Studio Guide. On the "Video" page of the Employee Web, you can learn more about creating accessible video.
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Photo off staff member Erik Bergsten.

Contact us

Do you have questions about videos in education?

Email Erik Bergsten: digital [at] education [dot] lu [dot] se (digital[at]education[dot]lu[dot]se)