At VFA we are producing the next generation of interactive learning tools for use within our courses. Think Udemy+.
In the dynamic world of online education, video content has emerged as a powerful tool for engaging learners and delivering knowledge effectively.
However, video on it’s own is not a course. That’s where we come in. We take the videos you create, make them interactive, add gamification, tracking, and reporting tools – well the whole shooting match of what a good learning experience should be.
So just create videos that deliver your expertise to an audience. What? You’ve never done one before? Don’t worry, at the end of this post we have advice on that.
What we require from you, initially, is a short video of what you wish to produce as a course. Like this one from one of recent successful applicants, Samuel Barber:
We then took this, put it through our course production machine, which we like to call the Naominator (Naomi and her box of magical course creation tools) and produced this:
That’s what we will do with your videos. Oh, and we won’t be posting your name or video content without your permission.
Have a look at our sample video gallery for more examples.
Now, looking at the initial video, it obviously isn’t perfect. That’s not Samuel’s fault. He was given a very short deadline and, well, he has other work. However, it was good enough to get him accepted. If you are accepted, then, like Samuel, you will be passed on to Grandalf (Archie, but he is old and full of wisdom. One is obvious and the other is what he keeps telling us). He will then guide you though what we want you to do, how to do it, and will be your mentor throughout your video creation process.
Although Samuel produced the video above, after discussion with Grandalf, he is embarking on a range of GCSE English resources. In time, he will also develop courses aimed at other groups. So, don’t worry too much about the content of the video. You are simply showing us what you would create if you wanted to teach someone about something you know a lot about.
Your Sample Video
This advice is aimed at providing you with the parameters of the video production. Please feel free to share this with others that can also do video courses.
Before embarking on this process, it is worth noting that if you are selected for course production then you will be paid on a commission basis with Virtual First Academy having an option to buy at a later date. You will retain the copyright until such time. However, the videos you produce for us will be under an exclusive use agreement. The benefit to you will be reflected in the commission percentage.
Advice for Creating the Sample Video
- The video should be on a topic that you are very familiar with.
- It should be relevant to the course you will be offering to create. Please state this at the beginning of the video.
- It should be no more than 3 minutes in length unless there is a very good reason why it needs to be longer.
- If your video is process based such as training how to use an app – no talking heads just record the screen as you talk. Otherwise, please style the video as you please.
- Your video should have a voiceover by you or someone you know. If you are uncomfortable about voiceovers then don’t worry, when you get to actual course production, we can do voiceovers from your script.
- Do not add in intros and outros.
- Feel free to use any software assets to create the video such as PowerPoint, Canva, Visme, Powtoon, Prezi etc. You will find these essential for creating a dynamic video.
- Try to follow our advice on behavioural objectives to help you craft a sound learning experience. Ideally, your video should cover one or, at the most, two learning objectives.
When you are ready, send your sample video to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to create a successful learning video
1. Plan and Prepare: The Blueprint for Success
Before you hit the record button, it’s crucial to lay a solid foundation for your video content. Start by outlining the key takeaways and learning objectives you want to convey in each video. This will help you structure your content and ensure that your videos are focused and informative.
2. Scripting: The Director’s Guide
A well-crafted script serves as the roadmap for your video. It provides a clear outline of what you’ll be saying, ensuring that your message is delivered smoothly and coherently. Remember, your script should be a guide, not a rigid set of lines. Allow room for natural delivery and improvisation to maintain a conversational tone.
3. Equipment and Setup: Setting the Stage
While you don’t need a professional studio to create high-quality videos, investing in some basic equipment can make a significant difference. A good microphone will ensure your audio is clear and crisp, while a decent webcam will capture your video in sharp detail. Lighting is also crucial for creating a professional look and feel. Don’t worry about these for your sample video.
4. Recording and Editing: The Magic Touch
Once you’re ready to record, choose a quiet and well-lit location to minimize distractions and ensure clear audio and video. Use a simple background that doesn’t distract from your message. As you record, maintain good posture and speak clearly and confidently. If you are doing a process video then you can slouch in your jim-jams as no one will see you.
Editing software can transform your raw footage into polished and engaging videos. Use editing techniques like transitions, cuts, and graphics to enhance the visual flow and keep your viewers engaged. You don’t need to do any editing of your sample video. However, if you want to blow our socks off you can try using one of the free editors we have listed.
5. Engaging Your Audience: The Art of Storytelling
Incorporate storytelling elements into your videos to capture your audience’s attention and make your content more memorable. Use anecdotes, case studies, and real-world examples to illustrate your points and connect with your learners on a deeper level.
6. Variety is the Spice of Video Learning
Avoid monotony by incorporating different video formats into your course. Create a mix of lecture-style videos, explainer videos, interviews with experts, and interactive demonstrations to keep your learners engaged and cater to different learning styles. This might be for when you are actually creating a series of videos. This is so not for your sample video. KISS – Keep It Simple Stu…oh wait that’s rude. Should have thought that through. Anyway, what I am trying to say, and failing as usual, is that, in your sample video, use a bit of variety so it isn’t just one static image with you talking over it. Refer to the videos on this page for what we like.
7. Accessibility: Inclusive Learning for All
Our Naominator does that, adding CC for example. So no need to worry about this at all!