Educational video: planning, creating and producing
In the digital age, e-learning is booming. Are you thinking about delivering educational content, but don’t know how to go about it? This article gives you all the pitfalls to avoid and the best tips for planning, producing and creating educational videos.
3 tips for planning your video
Before you start making your visual educational content, it is essential that you put your video project on paper. Here are some essential tips to follow.
1. Spend time planning your visual content
Every step in the development of an educational video takes time. But programming is one phase that you are advised not to skip. In fact, you should be very thorough. In this way, you can anticipate possible difficulties during filming.
Come on, it’s time to show off your scriptwriting skills! Take a pen and paper and sketch your online course. This sketch will serve as a reminder when you record. With this thread, you will be less likely to repeat information. You will also feel much more confident when you are filming your educational video clip.
2. Keep it short
Whatever the context, e-learning appeals to your learners. However, you should not forget that working memory has its limits. All learning requires sustained attention.
This is why we advise you to create short instructional videos. You will not lose your audience. For information purposes, do not exceed 10 minutes.
You should therefore select the points you want to present as precisely as possible. We’ll tell you more about this later.
3. Focus your learning objectives
It is in your best interest to narrow down your multimedia course. In the case of an educational video, the most typical scenario is usually of the following type
- Introduction of the concept ;
- Application through exercises.
- Summary of the course.
You may also decide to teach using a reverse pedagogy and therefore choose a different chronological order. It’s up to you!
Have you planned your video project with these three tips in mind? Then we’ll give you 4 best practices for creating and producing great educational videos.
Tips for making educational videos
Got your camera out? Before you start recording your lesson sequence, we’ll give you some final recommendations from educational research.
Present the information as you would in a classroom
This is the time to bring out your pedagogical skills to get your message across. If you are a teacher, this should not be too difficult. Just imagine yourself in front of students.
You don’t have to show yourself. But be aware that by appearing on screen, you allow your students to have an emotional connection with you. Don’t you think that’s important?
Guide students through the course
Your listeners should be able to follow your course with ease. To do this, we advise you to :
- Ask questions as if your students were facing you;
- Clearly indicate the different parts of your course;
- And, keep the sequence concise.
Explaining an invisible process or concept? Add a diagram to your video capture, just as you would on a board. This will make it easier for your students to understand.
Have an appropriate speech rate
Of course, this does not mean putting your virtual audience to sleep! Studies, including one by Guo and Rubin, tend to show that learner engagement goes hand in hand with a fairly fast speech rate.
But keep it understandable!
Use a slower pace of speech when you capture the correction of an exercise on the screen. At least your learners will be able to take notes like in class.
Use an enthusiastic tone
In the same vein, remember to speak in an informal tone. It should be similar to the tone you would use in a classroom. To be more receptive to what you have to say, use positive tones.
This will make it easier for you to keep your audience’s attention.
Have you finished planning and producing your educational videos? Now you need to create it. There are a few editing tricks that will help you engage your students to the end. We’ll explain?
Creating an educational video: 3 tips
Here are 4 suggestions for making a great video and keeping your students on track.
1. Enrich your educational video with text
Are you giving out important information? Make sure you report it properly. You can do this by :
- Use colours;
- Change the font;
- Put in bold;
- Zoom in on an important part of the data;
- and so on.
Be sure to follow all these tips to plan, produce and create your educational videos. It would be a pity if your learner didn’t find his way around, don’t you think?
2. Subtitling your content
In the same vein, subtitling is essential for your educational videos.
You will understand why.
For one thing, many of your students are used to viewing their multimedia content without sound. On top of that, this text thread underneath your video captures their attention and helps them to remember it better. The subtitles can also be exported in .txt format, and used as a complementary course material to the video.
Subtitling is also a great way to be inclusive and address the deaf and hard of hearing.
Finally, you can also subtitle your videos in foreign languages and have an audience of people who do not speak French.
3. Segment your educational content according to learning objectives
Split your educational videos into several parts. The use of timecode, in particular, is particularly relevant for this. This allows your learner to move quickly to the part that interests him/her.
Editing and making videos may not be something you are familiar with. Besides, we can imagine that you have other tasks to perform in your daily life. So, to plan, produce and create your educational videos, we offer you an all-in-one solution that is easy to use.
A simple tool to plan, produce and create educational videos
Introducing Eolementhe, your future web video studio. This platform consists of two simple creation tools to make educational videos. Explanations.
EoleEdit for easy editing
It allows you to create and produce a professional educational video. In record time, you can :
- assemble and cut your images easily;
- add text;
- insert sound;
- and so on.
And this, even if you don’t know anything about it! All this, of course, in the video format you want (square, 16/9, horizontal, etc.).
For subtitling, we also have an alternative.
EoleCC for quality subtitling
We have already told you about the importance of subtitling. Surely you don’t want to do it by hand?
Do like the Collège de Paris and transcribe your words into one of the 120 different languages available.
All you have to do is click on a button! Once generated, your text can be checked by you, or passed through the hands of one of our experienced translators, to come out without any errors.
You now know all the secrets of making the most of your training content. With Videomenthe, planning, creating and producing educational videos becomes a real pleasure. What’s more, trust us, we won’t leave you alone in front of your screen.
So, are you ready for a free test?
Don’t hesitate: contact us!