Educational video-making is one of the most powerful tools that educators have at their disposal. It is so for online courses, but also in the case of blended ones. The recent pandemic has also urged educators around the globe to think about using videos as learning materials – especially to avoid to spend long hours in front of a monitor in synchronous teaching events.
Another reason that makes educational video-making particular relevant is that presently the technologies required to make videos are accessible, especially in comparison with the recent past. Essentially, everyone of us is carrying a studio in his/her own pocket.
In a series of videos Emanuele Bardone from the University of Tartu addresses a number of issues concerning educational video-making, which we present here. The main topics discussed are: why educational videos are relevant; video-shooting; and video-editing.
Why educational videos
In the first video Emanuele Bardone tries to elaborate on the very question “why educational videos”. In other words, what is so special about educational video. Emanuele Bardone argues that one key ingredient that makes educational videos appealing to the educator is that they create what in jargon is called “redundancy”. That is, videos allow us to combine different media sources – pictures, simulations, spoken words, etc. In this way a video can deliver multiple descriptions or representation of the very topic that a teacher or lecturer is addressing in a course.
In the second video of this series Emanuele Bardone describes the process of shooting a video, that is to say, the process whereby the video is actually made. While making a video requires a number of skills and competences that might not always be available in one person, Emanuele Bardone shows how shooting a video is something that can be accomplished just by relying on one’s own mobile device. He also walks the viewer through a number of options when it comes to shooting a video, which goes beyond using one’s own device.
In the last video of the series Emanuele Bardone describes the process of video-editing. Video-editing constitutes the last stage of video-making and it’s the moment in which the video previously made is edited. Emanuele Bardone describes the different levels of complexity of video-editing – from merely polishing a video cutting out mistakes to adding visuals. The chief application that is shown is Da Vinci Resolve. The video should not be intended a tutorial as to how to edit a video. Conversely, it shows the number of options available to those educators who want to try out video editing.
Applications and equipment mentioned in the videos
For recording screen:
Camera with face-tracking
Using one’s camera as a webcam