Low-cost video production – some words from our “world leading” expert

If you think that videos will be an important part your your online course you are in for a treat this week in our MOOC.  (If you have not enrolled yet, you’re still not too late) We are lucky to have on our team Jörn Loviscach who is a leader in the development of high quality, low-cost online instructional videos in the German language.  Jörn  has posted more than 3,000 instructional videos to his Youtube channel , and with almost 55,000 subscribers, the number of views currently stands at 20,916,939.

Here, Jorn talks about his experience in using videos in his teaching.

Jorn, you have a full time job at the Fachhochschule in Bielefeld, and you said in your introductory video that you don’t get additional support from your institution to make the videos you post on YouTube – so what drives you to do this?

First, I’ve been “flipping” my teaching for five years now. My students can watch the videos any time they like, but before the schedule. This relieves me from covering the curriculum from A to Z in class. Rather, I can work with my students on smaller and on larger problems. Second, it’s of course inspiring to see that people like what I do. In the regular university system, it’s rare to experience such an appreciation for one’s teaching.

How do you think your videos add to the learning experience of your students at Fachhochschule Bielefeld?

Over the years, I have created a pile of videos showing worked examples. These are very welcome to prepare for exams. (Even though, admittedly, many students watch these videos at a 200% speed setting in YouTube.) To the students, this use of the videos may be more important than my flipped teaching: Flipped teaching can be strenuous and frustrating for both sides. It’s much easier to give a traditional lecture and make believe that you have taught and that your students have learned.

Do you know who else watches your videos? Who are they? Where are they from? What do they get from them? Why do you think they watch them?

Judging from the age range and from comments posted, the largest part of the audience consists of students in STEM fields. A minor part consists of students in the final years of school. And then there’s pensioners who want to learn something or help their grandchildren in school, there’s engineers needing some tricks for the jobs, and so on.

What are your top three tips to anyone who wants to make instructional videos on a budget?

First, use recordings with a live audience to be more focused and get immediate feedback. Second, ensure that the audio quality is pristine; however, the video quality, drawings, etc. can be reduced at no huge loss for learning. Third, work on your presentation skills to get away with no editing at all, as editing takes a lot of time.

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Head of Online Learning Innovation, Institute of Technology Sligo, https://bit.ly/brianmulligan Checkout my blog on education, "I wouldn't start from here anyway!" at http://elearngrump.blogspot.ie/
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