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Creating Video Lectures

Narrated lectures, when properly structured and brief, can be a good tool to deliver course content to your students.

Chunk Your Content

We recommend that you “chunk” your lectures into smaller manageable pieces no longer than 5-7 minutes. Chunking accomplishes three things for you. First, by breaking the lectures into brief topics, the likelihood of being able reuse a lecture in another course increases. Second, it is easier to update or re-record a single short video than a longer video. Third, it is easier for your students to find time to sit and concentrate for less than 10 minutes.

Write a Script

Remember to write a script for your lectures. It will help keep you from using verbal fillers and keep your videos brief, but more importantly, the script gives an alternative content piece to present to students who cannot hear your lecture and for visually impaired students. It is also very easy to create captions for your lecture by using the YouTube caption editor.

Use Images & Visual Explanations

Narrated PowerPoint lectures give you the opportunity to present your materials in a visual way, and can help you reach students who are visual learners. Try to include images that enhance your lecture. Replace text descriptions with visual representations of your topic — flow charts, graphs, diagrams, photographs, artwork, maps. Visuals will add value to your lecture and help to keep you from reading every word on your slide — something that students could easily do for themselves.

Creating video lectures using PowerPoint

Voice Training

Aerobics for your voice: Tips for sounding better on-air (NPR Article)

How to create narrated video lectures in PowerPoint

  • First, open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Make sure the presentation is saved as a Macro-Enabled PowerPoint Presentation (.pptm)
  • For each slide you wish to narrate:
    1. Go to the slide.
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    2. Click ‘Insert’ -> ‘Media’ -> ‘Audio’ -> ’Record Audio’.
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    3. To begin recording, click the record button. It has a red circle.
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    4. Read the content for that slide. Make sure to speak into your microphone. 
    5. To stop recording, click the stop button. It has a blue square.
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    6. Optional: To test that your recording sounds acceptable, click the play button. It has a green triangle.
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    7. Click ‘OK’ when finished to complete the recording for the slide.
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    8. Repeat these steps for each slide you wish to narrate.
  • Finally, you can export to video when audio recording has been completed.
    1. Click ‘File’ -> ‘Export’ -> ‘Create a Video’.
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    2. For the video quality, select ‘Computer & HD Displays’ to ensure the highest quality.
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    3. For timings and narrations, select ‘Use Recorded Timings and Narrations’ to ensure your recordings are included in the video.
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    4. Optional: If you have slides without narration, you can adjust the default duration of 5 seconds for these slides.
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    5. Click ‘Create Video’. You can name your video and select where to save it.
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Now that you’ve created your video, follow these instructions to upload the video to Kalutra through Blackboard.

Viewing Narrated Lectures (Impatica) for Students

This video covers how to us the controls for Impatica lectures. It covers the especially important method for switching between Flash and HTML5 mode for viewing the lecture in different browsers. If you create narrated lectures using Impatica software, you may want to share this video with your students.

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