Shift to Prerecorded Lessons Tips
Micro lectures or hour-long videos for graduate students, the world has come a long way in teaching mechanisms. Traditional classrooms are not only boring for students, they can be excruciatingly overwhelming for teachers. On that note, the Covid-19 pandemic brought with it social distancing restrictions that changed teaching dynamics, perhaps for the better. These changes introduced fancy video and screen recording software that enables teachers to present their lectures. One such software is Wondershare DemoCreator, which allows users to record, edit and share videos to teams and students alike.
Why Choose Prerecorded Lessons
A slight deviation from live sessions, this form of video takes the mishaps of live feeds out of the equation. Imagine a video whereby a lecturer deviates from the topic, or misses out on a particular question. Any number of occasions could warrant using recording software, including having a desire to capture all information at once. For example, a lecturer may decide to cover certain topics beforehand, and send the video to students for studying purposes. DemoCreator facilitates this with ease.
- For starters, the lecturer can edit videos and remove unnecessary information. This is very useful because students ordinarily have a short attention span. Short videos capturing particular topics are far more valuable than hour-long lectures. These recorded sessions come in handy when students need to revise. It is also useful when a lecturer needs to review for future sessions, or clarification.
- Some students may not have time to sit next to a computer for live feeds. Students in remote areas, or lacking electricity, encounter such problems. Prerecorded videos thus allow for asynchronous learning.
- The coolest outcome is a live feed, for answering questions. Simply put, the lecturer may decide to send information through shared videos, or links, then host a live session to answer questions. It is a fantastic way to eliminate gaps in communication between students and their teachers.
- Of course, technical difficulties cannot always be avoided, especially with live feeds. This is countered using recorded videos. You can cut out distorted images or audio, using narrations or captions to override unnecessary noises.
How about having a live feed, that's not entirely live? Okay. Let us explain.
Almost everyone has image issues, but not pertaining to their recordings. Some of us may shy away from having our face, or physical attributes show up on a video. A creative approach is to have a live session, with the students, but host recorded material or readings in the background. If there is no recording available, try out scripts to ensure your message is received. Other fine– tuning methods include.
Illustrations – you can draw along the screen as your audience, in this case, students, follow on your feed. An example is solving mathematical problems using a handy drawing tool, similar to the one found on screencast-o-Matic. Open up your pain program, or word, and explain derivatives like you were in a classroom.
Micro Lessons – take care of your students with short attention spans. Create smaller recorded sessions focusing on specific topics for the moments students are online. Leave remaining allotted timelines for sessions that don't need much interaction or attention.
Multiple Coverage – these short videos can be dispersed to parents, and students, to cover week-long sessions. Once parents receive the material, they can go over the same with students and revert before deadlines. This also gives lecturers time to create more videos for the following week, and indeed the rest of the term.
Prerecorded lessons help enhance student productivity while engaging them to communicate better amongst themselves, and to the world. Using prerecorded lessons gives students time to reflect on learned material and provide feedback. Let's take a look at some advantages of prerecorded lectures.
- Shy or slower students can read through material at their own pace and send in results later.
- Parents experience first-hand their children's strengths, and weaknesses.
- While preparing a prerecorded video, lecturers have ample time (we assume) to be creative. This makes for more detailed videos which facilitate faster learning for kids.
- Work from home parents kill all birds with one stone.
- Sick and other excused students have no reason not to turn in homework.
- Students can turn in videos of their own as reports or responses to assignments. This inevitably ignites a creative spark in them as well. One that may not have been possible with classroom learning.
Handy Tips to Creating Pre-recorded Lectures
While creating these videos seems like a cool, refreshing approach to teaching, taking precautions before and during recordings is vital.
Since it's prerecorded, you will have time to edit it, using video editing software later. This means lecturers should continuously record their material, only breaking like they would in a regular classroom setting.
Limit gestures as you explain theories to students. This helps to maintain the students' attention, rather than distracting them. If there is little noise or movement in the background, it can be blurred out using DemoCreator
Sit as close to the camera as possible – making room for ample lighting. It's frustrating for adults, let alone students having to focus on audio when a video is distorted.
Prerecorded lecturers were not as common prior to 2020's pandemic, and it seems they are here to stay a little while longer. They provide limitless opportunities for teachers to get creative and reach students. While using live sessions caters to the accountability of students during class hours, prerecorded videos make everyone accountable. This is because teachers, students, parents, and guardians will have time on their hands to attend to kids. Cumulatively, these advantages can only lead to better end-year results and enhanced learning experiences for students.