ATE grantees have long embraced a wide variety of delivery methods for both instruction and training. Beyond traditional classroom activities, faculty have developed podcast series, designed interactive games, utilized virtual reality simulations, and even built custom lab environments. Not surprisingly though, the creation of home-grown video content remains one of the more popular delivery methods, with affordable digital video cameras and smartphones enabling grantees to quickly produce and disseminate their own content.
In this From the Archive blog post, we first highlight a four-part video series that walks viewers through pre-production, production, post-production, and the dissemination phrases of creating engaging video content. Next, we offer up a printable tip sheet on making your video content more accessible to users with disabilities. This tip sheet also provides links to additional resources on captioning and audio description. Lastly, we explore a workshop on creating educational videos, which offers insights on budget smart equipment and methods of reducing post-production time.
Producing Engaging Content Video Series
With their project Preventing “Digital Dust,” Pellet Productions, Inc.—a long-standing member of the ATE community and home to ATE-TV—sought to support ATE grantees as they “plan, produce, disseminate, archive, and measure the outcomes of their own accessible digital videos.” Check out this four-part video series and learn how you, too, can develop your own video content, whether for teaching, recruiting, or professional development purposes.
- Module 1: Pre-Production focuses on the pre-production process and the importance of identifying video goals and objectives, defining and understanding your audiences, developing a target Audience Profile, and conducting research to identify if there is existing video content that can be used.
- In Module 2: Production, viewers are taken step-by-step through the process of securing proper permissions, setting up equipment, reinforcing the message(s) of the video with supplemental footage or b-roll, lighting and audio considerations, and backing-up one’s work.
- In Module 3: Post-Production, viewers learn how to select an editing application and import footage, how to organize clips and cut between types of shots to create a video, and how to enhance it with narration, on-screen text, and music. Other topics include using third-party content, minimizing background noise, adding closed captions, and calls-to-action.
- In Module 4: Dissemination and Archiving, viewers learn how to publish a video so that it reaches the intended audience and how to archive the video.
To learn more about Preventing “Digital Dust,” visit the ATE Central resource portal.
Creating Accessible Videos
This tip sheet from the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) provides guidelines for creating accessible video content. It covers the topics of captioning, writing narrative descriptions, and choosing an accessible media player. The tip sheet also offers links to additional resources for creating captions and audio descriptions.
For more archived resources by AccessATE, visit the ATE Central Archive.
Video Capture Workshop
This workshop on instructional video capture was held by the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT). The "workshop introduces budget smart tools for the production of educational videos." Tools and resources are discussed and are intended to offer faculty ways to reduce post-processing production. The tools that are covered should "generate quality instructional videos while saving time in production."
For more archived resources by NCAT, visit the ATE Central Archive.