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Creating short videos for your class

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Charlie: Hey there! What have you been up to?

John: I have joined this great hub for the ECO Project…

Charlie: Really? What is it called?

John: It is called Videos for teaching, learning, and communication

Charlie: What are you learning about? That sounds a bit technical to me!

John: I create short videos for my class!

Charlie: That sounds really difficult and very expensive, I doubt I can afford it

John: It’s a free course and I don’t need to buy any products at all because I just use the smartphone I have…. THIS ONE!


Learn how to create short videos for your class in ECO MOOC “Videos for teaching, learning and communication“. You can still enrol!

Author: Carol Ann Fowler – Teacher of ‘Videos for teaching, learning and communication’


The importance of videos in teaching, learning and communication

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Hub 2 - videos for teaching, learning and communication

The topic of videos in teaching, learning and communication is very important at the moment. Most people have videos or cameras with microphones and so easy to use. Video production used to be the domain of the film industry and was usually left to the very few with specialist skills. Now anyone can make a short video, with sound, text and special effects. Some people can also enable interactive video. Look at what the children (and adults) are engaged in these days? If we can catch their attention for more important topics but use the methods that engage them in play, then we have their attention. They can then expand on that knowledge as they do with social media and online gaming!

The MOOC for creating Videos for teaching, learning and communication is learning all about state of the art video production but using free editing software that is simple to use. We also guide you on how to upload, comment, and chat about your creations. Expand your knowledge further afield and be creative, using social media and web 2.0 tools that are free! The innovative course shows you how to access the tools you require to create a short video to promote something in your subject, and engage your students in a way that text and drawing may not. You can bring the imagination alive and encourage students to build on what you have learnt and share with them. The resources you can use are linked to free resources on the internet. Yes, free!

The guide for the MOOC (Videos for teaching learning and communication) has created videos for Virtual Learning Environments and for interactive resources for young students to trainee Doctors. The guide for the MOOC has a good deal of skills and experience in e-learning and especially interactive video creation and is very happy to discuss and comment on your creations. The MOOC is only a pilot at the moment and opinions of learners are very important. So register with the MOOC Videos for teaching learning and communication and start creating your video. We will inform you of the next phase once you register and you can carry along your registration to the next more improved phase 2 in May.

So, come along and register. All are welcome!

Author: Carol Ann Fowler – Teacher of ‘Videos for teaching, learning and communication’

Videos for teaching, learning and communication – FAQ

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The MOOC ‘Videos for teaching, learning and communication’ from the University of Manchester is aimed at any learner who wants to teach, market or communicate via the medium of video. Understanding how to create a basic video from the equipment you already have, searching for and using free editing tools, and knowing how to collaborate and cooperate using web 2.0 technology in a manner that is appropriate and protects privacy and safety online, are some of the learning goals of this course.

In this post, some frequently asked questions have been gathered and answered for those who are interested in joining the course or are currently doing it:

Q: Why take this short course, is it too late?

A: You can make a short video on any subject. You can take a couple of days or a couple of weeks.

Q: How will this course help my classes if I am a teacher?

A: Everyone likes to watch something short, entertaining and visual.

Q: I only have a smart phone, how can I make a video?

A: You will have links to any free software, no matter what device you have. You will also be given tips on how to use your camera on your device.

Q: I am not very creative; my videos may not look very professional, is that OK?

A:  Any short video is practice, practice, and practice. The more short videos you make the better you become and everyone is at different levels. Some are real beginners; some are experts and want some tips. The course is for everyone.

Q: My microphone is not very good and the sound may not be perfect, is that OK?

A: That is no problem, as you are not expected to have expensive equipment, just the equipment you have on your smart phone, tablets or any other device.

Q: I do not have a YouTube space or Facebook or Twitter, or even blog.

A: No problem, you can get one easily and you are given links on simple instructions on how to create on.

Q: My English is not very good and I may find the instructions difficult, how can I do this course properly?

A: All the introduction videos have closed captions for different languages and scripts you can translate with Google Translate. Also there is a short English pre-course starting up very soon on the hub 2 for “Videos for teaching, learning and communication”.

Q: I have hearing problems and my sight is not very good. How can I access this course?

A: There are links for people who have problems with accessibility.  For example, there are  links to special software to help, such a sign language Apps. Or links to help you access your computers magnifying options.

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Author: Carol Ann Fowler – Teacher of ‘Videos for teaching, learning and communication’