Media and Video

Pedagogical Uses of Media and Video in Online Courses

Keep Focus on your Content

  • With video, attention is critical. The longer a clip, the less likely the audience (your students) will stay involved. Short videos reinforce concepts and allow more practice more often. 
    • How long should an instructional video be? Only as long as it needs to be and no longer (i.e. short)


  • Students can listen to you lecture and see diagrams to begin, but a narrated demonstration provides an immersive experience that you can elaborate on as students witness events.

Expert Interviews

  • Identifying others in the field of your subject who can give concepts a contextual meaning. Being able to guide an interview to indicate to students the importance of specific elements can be extremely useful.

Animated Screen Captures

  • Watching software in action is often how students learn to use different products.  With your own demonstrations, you can illustrate what tools are important to learn and also focus on the concepts key to your course. Create short videos of screen captures to help with difficult concepts when dealing with software.

Document Camera Drawing

  • Illustrate diagrams and formula with a pen and paper to provide a more immersive experience for online students. Using a personal level of narration also helps students feel as part of the learning community as they identify with working from pen and paper themselves.

Media and Video Services Offered

Consultation: Needs Assessment Phase

  • Are you searching for ways to further engage your students with digital media, but are unsure about the options that are available? If so, this is where you begin. You can schedule an initial consultation with a Digital Media Specialist who will assess your needs and assist you with developing a plan of action. To schedule an initial consultation, please contact the Distance Learning Center

Pre-Production: The Conceptualize and Brainstorming Phase

  • If you have met with a Digital Media Specialist for an initial consultation, the next phase of progression is the Pre-Production phase. This phase consists of two separate project categories: Production Assistance and Do It Yourself.
    • Production Assistance: You can meet with a Digital Media Specialist who will assist you throughout the entirety of your production process from conceptualization to completion.
    • Do It Yourself: You can visit the Do It Yourself – Best Practices section to view best practices for self-producing exceptional content at home.

Production: The Recording and Development Phase

  • Production is the phase in which your project is brought to life. To begin the production process for your project, you will first need to schedule a recording session for either the Media Recording Booth or Digital Presentation Booth. To do so, please contact the Distance Learning Center.

Post-Production: The Visual Effects, Audio Engineering, and Completion Phase

  • Post-Production is the phase in which you will meet with a Digital Media Specialist to discuss the finishing touches of your project. Next, a Digital Media Specialist will add supporting graphics, animations, and music to create the final product of your project.

Delivery: The Content Distribution Phase

  • In the Delivery phase you can determine the process that will allows students to access your content.