Online courses are still the top way to deliver information to the masses on an accessible platform. Everyone has something to share and for every person that puts out an online course of some sort, there are many more who never do because they don’t have the know-how on how to create the content for it.
One thing is for sure, courses with online accessible video content have that little extra that makes completing the course easier. Technology now allows for online courses to be much more accessible and video content leads the way.
3 Types Of Videos You Need To Improve Your Online Course Content
These three basic types of video content will enrich any course you are putting together, so make sure you include them in your course planning map.
1) Face to camera
This is one of the easiest to record and you don’t really require much tech apart from a decent camera on your computer or portable device such as your phone or your tablet. The most techy it would get is finding a way to set it up to ensure you have good lighting and acceptable sound.
Face to camera videos will introduce you to your course attendees, building trust and providing the feeling of a more personal interaction. Even just a welcome video where you introduce yourself and your course is a great addition to your material. You can do as many takes as you like and just choose the best one. If you’re feeling adventurous, maybe even add some personal motivational message with face to camera videos to your course.
2) Screen captures
Some processes are easier to explain while showing what is happening on your screen. There are some great free screen capturing apps available online that are easy to use and are very useful when wanting to record actions you are doing on your computer screen.
No special tech knowledge is required to work with those apps. Eventhough they have their limitations, being free, they are a non-intimidating way to get started with screen capturing.
If for example you wanted to demonstrate how to edit digital images or do a particular action with a spreadsheet for example, instead of taking a million screenshot for every single click you make, you can screencapture while you’re explaining what you’re doing. Most apps even have an audio recording feature as well, so you hit two birds with one stone.
3) Action to camera
In these types of videos you would record instructions and demonstrations of actions as they happen. You will need a decent camera for this or even your phone and a way to fix them so they would record your actions. Unless of course, you have a film crew, in which case how elaborate your production is is entirely up to you. However, I suspect this is not the case for most people.
These videos are great to record hands on things like doing arts and crafts with close-ups, gardening, exercise instructions and the possibilities are practically endless.
If you’re putting lesson plans together for your online course, consider which type of video would be the most appropriate to use with your material.
Make sure you consider including information such as:
- What the purpose of the video is in your course.
- What people will achieve by watching your video.
- How it will help people reach the expected outcome from your course.
Create great online course content
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