Instructors Guide (Step 2) – Producing Your Course
Instructors are always surprised by how easy it is to record high-quality video lessons at home without breaking the bank. In fact, many of our most successful instructors use their computers to film themselves through a simple screencast. Students care more about your content than your production style. As long as you follow our best practices for achieving clear audio and video quality, your course content will shine.
In this section, find all the resources you need to film your course using a screencast or physical demonstration, check out our tips and tricks for appearing comfortable and confident when the camera starts rolling, and take a look at our playbook for creating your very own at-home video setup (coming soon).
Preparing To Film
Before you actually film your course, it’s important to do a little prep work. The more thought you put into your course before filming, the easier the process will be. We promise! Here are the 5 most important things to do before filming your course.
Prepare Your Outline
- Prepare an outline with your main talking points (check out this helpful template). This will help you stay on track and cover everything you want to when you sit down to record.
Select Your Film Format
- What format(s) will your course take? As you outline your course, keep in mind the two ways you can create a course. Be sure to take a look at the corresponding sections of the instructors guide for the equipment and how-tos you need to make your videos.
- Option 1: Screencast This is the easiest way to record a course if you are using slides, demoing software on your computer, or using your webcam. Here's an example:
- Option 2: Physical Demonstration A physical demonstration should be used when you (or even just your hands!) need to physically appear in front of a camera to demonstrate your process. Here's an example:
- Practice! Do a run-through of each video lesson so that you can iron out any kinks and make sure your course feels natural. Sit in front of a mirror, record a test on your computer, or grab a friend. Some instructors even choose to write out a full script so that they’re extra prepared when the camera starts rolling.
Have Your Assets Ready
- If you have photos, materials, slides or anything else you need for or want to show in your course, be sure to have them ready before film day.
- Make sure there are no distracting sounds or visuals in the background so that your viewers can focus on what’s most important: your content. If you're using a screencast, clean up your desktop and turn off any notifications before you start recording.
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Now get started with Screencasting or Physical Demonstration.