Instructional Video

Facing Instructional Videos

In my role at Carleton College, I work directly with faculty to help them plan, produce, and evaluate darn-good instructional videos.  One topic that often comes up is “should I include my face in the video?”  My gut answer is . . . “yes.”  Various studies indicate videos with faces are preferred by students, and any chance we have to help students enjoy their learning, the better.  Here’s a short video that brings all that research together into a single, easily consumable nugget:

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Instructional Video

Getting Good Video: Tip 2 of 3, Lighting

Lighting:  Good lighting makes your video quality seem MUCH better.  Be sure to add light to your focal point (which is your face for most of these videos)—and avoid too much brightness behind you. A bright background darkens your face—and viewers tend to trust well-lit faces more than those in shadow.

Easy ways to get good lighting include setting a lamp on your desk or facing a window during your recording.

Instructional Video

Getting Good Video: Tip 1 of 3, Camera Positioning.

Camera Positioning:  There is a lot of fun psychology behind camera angles, but we’re going to keep this simple. To connect with your audience on a personal level, placing your camera at or slightly below eye-level is important.

High angles make you seem weaker or less important, low angles can make you seem aloof (or give your viewer a straight shot up your nose)—neither of which are attractive.  The eye-level-shot helps you seem most approachable.