Instructional Video

Teaching Remotely. Connecting Personally.

We’re seeing more and more institutional responses to the most recent Coronavirus, Covid-19.  Thankfully, Covid 19 doesn’t seem as serious as once thought, but some real people are suffering with it, so our thoughts are prayers go out to anyone impacted.

Some of us impacted indirectly are faculty who now have to quickly flip our face-to-face courses to an online format.

Institutionally, this means

  • Identifying the handful of baseline tools everyone should be using; this benefits both IT support staff and students who aren’t suddenly stuck navigating a vast number of tools or apps from multiple instructors. At the least, that baseline should include streamlining course websites/LMS’ (ranging from Google Classroom to Moodle to Canvas) and selecting just 1-2 video conferencing tools (like Google Meet or Zoom).
  • It also means verifying that both faculty and students can access and participate in both synchronous and asynchronous coursework. That’s no small task.

Once those tools are identified, faculty have two key considerations:

  • You’ll likely need to adjust your assignments to accommodate online submission and assessment while also building in more and more structured feedback. (When shifting to online, we lose much of the natural, personal, feedback we—often subconsciously—provided during our traditional classrooms.  We also can’t “read the room” as we once did.  As a result, “online” requires more quick polls, discussions, or short quizzes to check for understanding incrementally and often.)
  • One of the biggest hurdles faculty face when making the jump from a face-to-face course to online is building and maintaining relationships and that sense of community. This relationship building needs to occur between faculty and student . . . and between student and student.  Here’s a link to an excellent 2017 post from Inside Higher Ed about how to do just that:

After faculty get comfortable with the tools, you just need get comfortable looking into camera, smiling, and delivering you content as naturally and personably as possible.  Fake it until it becomes natural!  Some of the content can be synchronous and a little rough around the edges.  Some of that content, however, should be polished and cleanly delivered as a stand-alone video.  Here’s where I recommend the Little Prompter.  It’s a compact personal teleprompter that, with your existing camera, your smartphone, a teleprompter app, and a little practice, can help you deliver flawless instruction directly into camera.  So, no matter what video recording or streaming tool you use, don’t forget that the Little Prompter is an inexpensive device that helps you create video flawlessly.  By writing a script, importing it into a teleprompter app on your smartphone, setting that smartphone on your teleprompter tray, and pressing record . . . you can easily and flawlessly record your content while looking directly into the camera.  More information is available at

Next up, keep yourself healthy by washing your hands, eating and sleeping well, and trying not to touch your face . . . and don’t forget that today is also an opportunity to improve your on-camera delivery when working remotely.   The Little Prompter is one of those simple tools that can help you have a flawless delivery—when you’re suddenly in front of a camera, rather than a class.

Business Professionals, Instructional Video

What Video Professionals Say About the Little Prompter…on Amazon.

Video Professionals are always on the hunt for gear that improves their work and simplifies their workflow. Here are a few thoughts from Production Company Owners, Videographers, and Media Producers who graciously took time to write Amazon reviews about my Little Prompter. They say things like the Little Prompter “works perfectly” and “is easy to use” and “is great for more complex messages” and “My subjects love that they don’t have to memorize that stuff anymore!” The Little Prompter remains one of the least expensive and most versatile teleprompter on the market and video professionals around the world are learning why.

Instructional Video

Amazon Reviews from Educational Professionals

If you’ve wondered about the Little Prompter, just check out the thoughts from Faculty, Video Specialists, Media Engineers, and Instructional Designers who graciously took time to write these Amazon reviews. They use words like “the Little Prompter has been a life saver” and “using a teleprompter will take your videos to the next level” and “we confidently give it 5 stars!” The Little Prompter remains the most versatile teleprompter on the market, and teachers, professors, instructional designers, and other educational professionals around the world are learning why. Dann Hurlbert is both a teacher and a video professional at an impressive midwestern college, and his Little Prompter is helping educational professionals easily create flawless videos. Learn more and place your order at

Instructional Video

Text and the Heart–a video about text placement

Your text placement can help or hinder your students learning by impacting cognitive load–which either increases or decreases learning capacity & video effectiveness.  It also lets you know where you should place text in your videos and other instructional aids. The video features Dann as he highlighting portions of Ruth Covlin Clark and Richard E Mayer’s text “e-Learning and the Science of Instruction.”

Instructional Video

Making Video Work Well: Talk is Cheap (and Less Effective)

Why using both audio and visuals aids an instructional video.

Here’s the second in my three video series on Carleton’s Academic Technology Blog. It focuses on how and why you should be intentional about both the audio and visuals in your instructional videos. If you create videos to teach–or help others create videos–you check out the link, below!

Business Professionals, Instructional Video

Video Tips from NAB 2019 (and looking forward to it again in 2020!)

Summer has wrapped. Cooler temps are on us, and I’m already looking hopefully forward to another insightful (and warm) National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas in April, 2020!  Check-out my short and keen Instructional Video Tips from NAB video on Carleton’s Academic Technology Blog!

Dann Concise Text
Use 1/3 of your screen for text and graphics.

Business Professionals, Instructional Video

The iPhone 11 and the Little Prompter

The iPhone 11 Pro does what photographers and videographers have wanted for years, it offers a smartphone with a true optical zoom–without diminishing resolution. Now with the three camera system that features a telephoto lens, the iPhone 11 Pro has set itself above its competitors. Coupled with the lightweight and portable Little Prompter, an iPhone 11 Pro makes your video production studio even more mobile. This short video walks users through how the two impressive tools can help make your video production . . . flawless. Visit for more information on the Little Prompter, (and you can find information on the iPhone 11 Pro at your favorite Apple dealer).

Actors, Business Professionals, Instructional Video

From an Actress and University Faculty

It’s great to hear from folks about how they’re using their Little Prompters. Today I received this short email from a university instructor and actress:

“Hi Dann, Thank you for the prompt response and information.  I’m looking forward to using the Little Prompter – both as an instructor at [University] and as an actress.  This is going to make the world of self-submits so much easier!Thank you again, [Name].”

A big thanks to this customer for giving Little Prompter a try, and I continue to enjoy hearing how instructors, actors, directors, small businesses, and churches and charities are benefiting from the Little Prompter!

Instructional Video

Another Great Review!

A huge thanks to Wendy H-W (who I don’t know but) who kindly posted the following review on Amazon. (I continue to be humbled by the positive and thoughtful response to the Little Prompter!)

“I was thrilled to find this because I have wanted a teleprompter FOREVER, but have been intimidated about the tech of it AND the need to buy a fancy pants high end camera. I’m a business strategist for entrepreneurs and have done a bazillion FB lives over the past three years for my group with a webcam perched on top of my monitor with crib notes. I’ve gotten super comfortable with that set-up, but wanted to up my game to start a Youtube channel to reach more people.

“I knew a teleprompter was what I needed and was tickled when I found this-with all the fantastic reviews and the flexibility to use it in so many situations-so I can use it with my current filming set-up, but still have it work for me in a year when I actually graduate to using a DSLR.

“It’s super easy to set up and use-important-because now that I have committed to Youtube, I don’t want to spend months figuring it out. I have played with all kinds of configurations from having it and the webcam (and my ring light) mounted on a desktop tripod to a regular tripod to on top of my laptop, and finally, back to the set-up I am used to-with it and the webcam perched on top of my monitor screen. I actually didn’t think I could have this last one because it’s not one of the scenarios Dann goes over in his videos-but, yes, it DOES work. I have not seen ANYTHING else out there that has that ease of use and flexibility.

“And, as many others have mentioned, the customer service from this company is off the charts. I have reached out with a few questions about teleprompter apps and stuff and Dann has responded immediately.

“If you’re hesitating on this: don’t. It doesn’t have a bazillion reviews (yet) because it’s newer than some of the other prompters out there. But it’s a gem.”