Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

192 Instructor- and Student-Created Video — 09.25.2019

On September 25, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed how students and instructors both use and create videos in their courses. The focus was on best conditions for recording the video and how to coordinate video projects over the course of a semester.


  • Shorter might be better. Ideally, a video of 5-7 minutes is just long enough to offer a coherent presentation of materials while retaining student attention. This length is also easily accessed for students on-the-go. Smaller pieces of material encourage distributed learning rather than cramming studying into marathon sessions (massed learning).
  • Use a dedicated microphone (with headset) to help control for background noise. Advanced planning and experience with locations where you film might be necessary for an effective video.
  • Kaltura Mediaspace offers instructors a suite of beneficial resources and features: in-video assessments, captioning, adjustments to playback speed, and many others. Using Kaltura also allows Canvas course sites to not be bogged down by storage limits (currently, 1GB).

For more information visit the session’s activity sheet.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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