7 Simple Tips for Better Pre-Recorded Lecture Videos

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Educational Designer Michael Rampe

Pre-recorded lectures can be really beneficial for students, and are easy to create from your office just using your webcam. Our Educational Design team offer some straightforward ways to make sure the benefits aren’t negated by poor production.

  1. Be prepared. Have a solid plan and a script, and rehearse before you switch on the camera
  2. Think of the camera as your students. Look at the camera when you’re speaking to ensure an engaging eyeline.
  3. Good sound quality is almost more important than image quality for videos that convey information. Ensure background noise is kept to a minimum and your webcam microphone is correctly set up. If possible, use an external USB microphone or similar.
  4. Keep it short and punchy to ensure your audience doesn’t switch off
  5. Ensure there is adequate light shining on your face. Light from behind the computer is better than overhead lighting or a window behind you.
  6. De-clutter the background.
  7. Be confident. Projecting a confident attitude on camera is a big step towards star quality.

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