One of the biggest challenges in responding to COVID-19 is that a big part of the UTS experience is the face-to-face experience. Rather than attempting to record your live classes, we recommend producing custom-recorded slides with voice-over power narration, that are ‘chunked’ down into smaller videos.
- Dividing your content up into smaller videos that can be viewed and downloaded independently aids viewer attention, comprehension and revision.
- You can intersperse chunked videos with activities and questions that you would normally provide to your class.
- Removing class interactions from the recordings helps reduce student feelings of ‘missing out’, and usually significantly reduces length. We typically find that one hour of classroom content comes out as 30-40 mins of dedicated video (omitting class arrival/setup, pauses for questions, activities and nonessential asides). Even with longer mixed seminars and labs, a three-hour on-class presence could be reduced down to as little as 30 minutes of content.
- The end experience is much better for online students – they are the explicit audience, which comes across in the way you express and address them directly in the recording.
- The smaller the video(s), the easier it is for overseas students to access them. Many of our students have reported extreme limitations in what they can access and upload due to bandwidth limitations. In the most extreme scenario, you may have to email your students their content – this is possible with smaller, chunked videos.
- We can control the quality to get a much better sound – UTS infrastructure is not set up to record live events in most locations, whereas we can provide recording locations or microphones for you to use.
- Purpose-made videos can be reused in later sessions, and are great to aid student revision and understanding. Direct classroom recordings might build expectations that these will be provided every year.
While this solution does make for some additional preparation work, it’s the most efficient way to provide quality content during this significant global challenge. By the time you’ve processed your live lecture recordings (split them up, married sound with slides, captioned etc.), you’ll have probably spent the same time custom-recording better quality videos.