CETL Digital Video Initiatives

Video Projects for Teaching and Learning

Extensive research has been conducted in recent decades on the benefits to using video lectures and student-produced video projects in teaching and learning. Active learning through experiential project-based teaching and learning can help students acquire important transferable skills meaningful to their education and their future careers. Depending on the nature of assignment (as an individual or as a group video production), video projects engage students in applying creativity, research, problem solving, organization, information technology literacy, communication and collaborative working skills to name a few. The 21st century skills involved in student-produced videos tap into higher-order thinking skills and important learning outcomes.

These resources have been compiled to provide support and a starting point for instructors interested in developing instructional video resources, or may be considering a video project as a project-based learning module. For students the training and development resource below provides guidance helpful in successfully completing a video project, especially useful for students with little or no experience with video production. The intention is to help provide technical support and guidance to a resource that will help in successful videos and better learning experiences.

Suggested Readings

What Makes an Online Instructional Video Compelling?
An article examining the value of providing online video in support of instruction. 

The Value Of Student Created Videos In The College Classroom – An Exploratory Study In Marketing And Accounting
This paper investigates the perceived value of college student created videos as a tool for enhancing the student learning experience. Two different business courses are examined: one of the courses is an undergraduate accounting course and the other is an undergraduate marketing course, both in a school of business in a comprehensive state university in the northeast.

Training and Development Resources

This "HOW-TO 10 Steps to Video Production" Digital Video Mini-Course was originally developed as a Learn@UW-Superior mini-course module that can be added into a D2L course shell as a resource to help faculty and students doing video project assignments. The mini-course curriculum is set-up in 10 steps covering three key areas of video production; project planning, basic shooting and basic editing. The mini-course identifies on campus and online resources available for student video projects and provides guidance through the process.

In 2015, the course was launched as an online training resource focused on producing educational and informational style videos, the curriculum was set-up as a self-paced tutorial featuring instructional video lectures, links to online training resources and supportive worksheets and template guides.

This training material has been recently updated and is now available as a set of downloadable PDFs you can find linked below. The complete training curriculum includes the 10 Step Quick Guide Tutorial file, an accompanying Digital Video Resource Guide and supplemental documents useful in developing a video production. Both PDF documents have active links to additional online resources to help guide through the video production process.

The 10 Step Quick Guide Tutorial

The 10 Step Guide offers the user a comprehensive guide through the steps and links to instructional video lectures for producing a video using the equipment and resources available on the UW-Superior campus. The 10 Step Guide provides links to useful online resources as well as supportive instructional video lectures. The steps included in the guide cover tips on preparing for your project, recording, editing, finalizing and exporting your project to video for uploading to Learn@UW-Superior MyMedia. The instructional video lectures provide tips on:

  • identifying your audience and setting your production goals.
  • developing your story and script.
  • selecting equipment and location shooting.
  • editing basics.
  • finalizing your project and outputting the video.

The 10 Step video production course material

The Digital Video Resource Guide

The Digital Video Resource Guide provides active links to useful online resources including; online supplemental training, tutorial videos, video production learning paths on Lynda.com. The Resource Guide follows the 10 Step course and is broken down into the same 3 content areas for pre-production, production and post-production. The guide draws resources from MediaCollege.com is a free educational website for all forms of electronic media, Lynda.com and other sources covering script writing, basics on video shooting, video editing and much more.

The Digital Video Resource Guide

Additional Information and Resources

Fair Use, Copyright Information
There are intellectual property laws in the United States and globally that cover copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. These laws are set up to protect the rights of an individual regarding their original creative work. The Fair Use Guide provides some guidance on acquiring public domain media, links to information on fair use and related information on laws protecting intellectual property rights.

To take full advantage of this course participants will need to have activated their free Lynda.com account to go through a few recommended video training and tutorials. Lynda.com is an online training library featuring a wide range of tutorials dedicated to specific skills, subject areas and software.

UW-Superior students and staff have access to lynda.com, a continually growing and evolving library of training videos and tutorials covering a wide range of software, technologies and business topics. Students and staff members can take advantage of free 24/7 access to the entire library of training.

Lynda.com Account Set-Up
UW-Superior users will get an email to set-up their Lynda.com profile. You will get 7 days to complete the set-up, if they miss this 7 day window, contact the Technology Services Help Desk to request a new email that allows for the set-up.