While it can be difficult to have the same personal connection with students on video as you do in person, by thinking creatively about content and how your audience is consuming it you can find equally or more impactful modes of delivery for the online environment. Video allows you to take learners into a new environment and experience content in a dynamic way. For example, take your class on a virtual field trip. Provide a case study summary as a mini-documentary. Enhance your lecture with rich graphics. Animate a concept to bring it to life. Get creative and have fun!
The Academic Innovation team will work with you to help ensure course content is tailored and delivered in ways that will enhance learning and engagement for MOOC learners. Sometimes a lecture is the best way to relay your content. When this is the case, lectures are generally best presented in shorter segments and are most effective when the content is not extensively rehearsed and/or scripted. It is also important to understand that MOOC learners speak a variety of languages and have a variety of needs: the Academic Innovation team will help ensure that your lectures are accessible to a wide audience.
Yes, if you plan to use slides, the Academic Innovation team will provide a selection of slide templates as well as best practices for presenting content throughout your MOOC. Our team will help reformat slides as necessary to ensure they are viewable on mobile devices, and will work with you to ensure they are accessible and cleared for copyright.
Yes, guest lecturers can provide diverse perspectives and additional expertise that is very beneficial to the learning experience, as well as open opportunities to engage learners in different ways. For instance, video provides the opportunity to meet with an expert on location or learn from their experience through a panel, talk-show style discussion, and/or interview. Guest speakers will need to sign a release form and our team will assist with this process.
Just like in the classroom, it’s important for learners to connect with you as a person and an expert. Appearing on video provides the opportunity to engage each learner and establish rapport. At the same time, it’s important that learners are presented with the most pertinent visual element(s) to understand the content they are absorbing. Sometimes this is the instructor, sometimes it is graphics or slides, other times it may be objects or other materials. The Academic Innovation production team will work with you to make these choices.