Enhance a Course with an Introduction
Personal interaction with your class should start from the first time that students access your course. It is essential to welcome your students, introduce yourself, and share some personal experiences to establish good rapport. It is also beneficial to present key information about your class, your expectations, your teaching style, the learning objectives of the course, and how you plan to have students achieve them. A video is a good way to communicate with students because it engages two of our five senses (hearing and sight). Pedagogically, videos can inspire and engage, facilitate thinking and problem solving, assist with mastery learning, and provide authentic learning opportunities (University of Queensland, 2019).
The Department of Online Education and Training (OET) at Cal State Fullerton can help you create professionally looking videos to introduce yourself to your students and to attract attention to your class. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are different resources and applications that you can use to create a video presentation.
At the OET studio, we have professional production equipment for the creation of high-quality videos. This studio is for the exclusive use of faculty members. With a relaxed atmosphere and a teleprompter's help to help you loosen up, you can produce an introduction video for your class or bring your media to create video lectures and demonstrations.
Camtasia is a screen-recording program available to all faculty members for free. With Camtasia you can create introduction videos by recording your screen and yourself and mix in slides, video, pictures, graphics, and audio.
OET can provide initial training on how to use the program, and you can partner with one of the instructional designers to work on your project.
Zoom is a video-conferencing application that connects multiple people synchronously. You can record and store the meeting for future viewing. You can also share the desktop, slide presentations, and internet pages during the session. It is also possible to interact with students during the meetings.
If you have any questions, please contact OET.
Spark Video* is a web-based application that you do not need to download to your computer. You can use Spark to create interactive webpage presentations. If you want to use Spark on your devices, you will need to download the free app.
* Adobe is still working on making Spark accessible for people with disabilities.