How to improve the quality of your educational videos?:
5 Quick tips
Videos are a great way to help students understand and learn various concepts. However, minor glitches in videos can significantly affect students’ experience as well as their learning outcomes. Here are five quick tips to avoid such glitches and significantly improve your video quality.
- Choose the right frame of video: Believe it or not, it can be a reason for a major putoff. Imagine a student looking at a feed of videos on her mobile screen and then suddenly a video pops up that covers only half of the total screen.The student immediately squints to read the content and the flow of learning is broken. Think of another scenario where a student has to rotate her phone completely to see your content, that’s worse! So, the bottom line is whenever you are creating content, think of the platform you are going to put it in. For example, at Padhio, education is reel style, and reels look best in a portrait mode. We therefore encourage educators to shoot videos in portrait mode. Portrait mode ensures that the whole screen is covered. Students too can clearly read any text in the video, and at the same time you too save the hassle of rotating, cropping and fitting the video to suit the platform’s needs.
- Maintain good video and audio quality: Good content must be presented with clarity for it to be great. A shaky video, unclear sound, distracting noises in the background, can all reduce the quality of your video. Here is how you can avoid these issues: Fix your camera, switch off your fan while making video, minimize the sounds in your surroundings or choose times when outside noise is at the lowest, use good markers for board work, shoot in HD mode, illuminate your surroundings well, have enough light.
- Use visual cues: Look at the two modes of teaching below:
1) “Dinosaurs inhabited earth millions of years ago” ,
2) “Let me show you how a world with dinosaurs would have looked like millions of years ago”
Which video of the above two will you rank higher on a scale of engagement? Undoubtedly, the latter because it is visual. ‘I am seeing the dinosaurs’, has a higher appeal, as opposed to just hearing that some random animal, named ‘dinosaur’, existed millions of years ago. A visual cue is a great way of associating with information. While explaining a concept, therefore, try to put some visual cues. Visual cues can be text, pictures, stickers or pointers. However, use them strategically to emphasize information and make learning easier. Too many visual cues can also be distracting.
- Use audio cues: Similar to video cues, audio cues, used at the right place and at the right time can significantly improve the learning experience of students. Scientific studies suggest that the use of audio cues can help in better learning outcomes and can also improve information recall. For e.g. sounds of thundering clouds and rainfall while explaining water cycle makes the lesson interesting, engaging and establishes a strong connection of information with real life experience.
- Get creative: Very important and essential. Get creative with your videos. Think how you can catch the attention of students in the first 10s and make the whole content engaging (Find more on effective time usage while making bite sized videos here). For e.g. avoid a video where you simply read from a static image with text written all over it. It’s neither engaging, nor fun. On the other hand, imagine a video where a hypotenuse is boasting its strengths to the other two sides of a triangle. Imagine a dancer showcasing emotions via her dance form. Imagine explaining gravity using an anti gravity wheel. Possibilities are endless. As an educator, you just have to make them a reality, so that students enjoy every bit of learning.