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Videos for MOCCs: Picture in Picture (PIP)

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Considering that video is the main method of content delivery in MOOCs, we are going to provide you an overview of  Picture in Picture (PIP) videos for MOOCs.

This article forms integral part of the on line MOOC course Videos for teaching, learning and communication,created by The University of Manchester. It will end the 4th of December. You can still enrol!

NoPicture in Picture / PIP videowadays, Picture in Picture videos are frequently used to present two different scenes taking place at the same time. Millions of people tend to create picture in picture video while playing games, explaining texts, even promoting products and so on, trying to convey much more information to their viewers in the simplest way.

Traditional techniques for creating picture-in-picture videos are expensive, no portable, or time-consuming.
If you want to show yourself in a video and demonstrate at the appropriate time, well, it is very easy to achieve if you choose the right tool. We have several solutions:

  • Make a video of yourself first and then insert this video into the background video.
  • The other is that you are capable of recording yourself and video at the same time.

Solution 1: Screen Recorder + Editor

Picture in Picture video refers to a video that is put one small video clip over a background one, so we need to prepare two videos at first. You can choose one screen recorder to make the video you plan to present for your students; also, you need a webcam recorder to record yourself. Then, a video editor which allows you to add Picture in Picture effect can help you to create side by side video.

Solution 2: Screen Recorder

Other solution is to use professional screen recorder software that allows you to make side by side video simply in one click. It’s not only a screen recorder but a webcam recorder and a basic editor too.

This technique uses a laptop computer with a video capture device to acquire the ultrasound feed. Simultaneously, a webcam captures a live video feed of the transducer and patient position and live audio. Both sources are streamed onto the computer screen and recorded by screen capture software. This technique makes the process of recording picture-in-picture ultrasound videos more access
ible for ultrasound educators and researchers for use in their presentations or publications.

You can still enrol! We can’t wait to see what you filmed after completed “Videos for teaching, learning, and communication– Team UoMan.

Note: Article idea and some texts are taken from:


A video is worth a thousand pictures. Videos for teaching, learning and communication

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Video is an essential component of most Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of on-line learning.

We successfully launched our 3rd edition of our MOOC: Videos for teaching, learning and communication by The University of ManchesterThe course started on the 3rd of October and will end the 4th of December. You can still enrol!

Video content plays a central role in most MOOCs and other forms of on line learning. It is typically the main form of content delivery as well as the greatest cost driver of MOOC production.

MOOC videos tend to be structured as short pieces of content, often separated by assessment questions. Splitting videos into 2-3 minute segments or 6-minute chunks maximizes viewer engagement.

Two video production styles that are featured prominently in many MOOCs: the talking head style, where the instructor is recorded lecturing into the camera, and the tablet capture with voice-over style. Do-it-yourself (DIY) is another popular one.  When choosing a production style, it is important to keep in mind the video’s goals and desired results.

Windows Movie Maker screen.

Video production, in nearly all cases, is the most expensive component of creating a MOOC, but it does not have to be. In many cases, opting for a lightweight production process is a great way to achieve educational objectives, while at the same time reducing cost.

Many smart phones and web cams are able to record in high definition, and many free on line resources exist that make the filming and editing processes accessible to non-professionals. In this course, we will share with you copyright-free resources you can use and teach you how to use them.

The relevance of quality for on-line learning videos are hard to make given the many variables and diverse populations involved.

High-quality video content might, therefore, be especially important to keep MOOC students interested in the course. The importance of a video’s production value depends on its context and audience.

This MOOC is available to individuals from all around the world, who want to teach. It is for any learner who wants to: teach or communicate via the medium of video.

Delivering content clearly on video requires a different set of skills than those required for classroom teaching. This course is also catered to those just interested in gaining Social Media Marketing Skills. You will be able to utilize the knowledge you have gained from completing the course and apply these Web 2.0 skills to create videos for teaching and communication.

A test shoot can be a valuable source of feedback for both the instructor and the production team.

Following the idea of being ‘Massive’ and starting applying your Web 2.0 skill, why not share it on your Social Media sites, with your friends, and see if they might like to join them on this course too?

We look forward to seeing you there! – Team UoMan.

Note: Article idea and some texts are taken from: Hansch, A., McConachie, K., Hillers, L. and Prof. Dr. Schildhauer,T. (2015). TopMOOC Research Project .
The Role of Video in Online Learning: Findings From the Field and Critical Reflections‘.

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’