I am going to be honest; it drives me crazy when I want to look up how to do something and I have to watch a video in order to find the information I need.
- Videos talk slower than I can read.
- I can not skim a video.
- Too many times I watch a video only to find out it does not answer my question.
- Most videos are boring. Screencasts generally are not designed like a commercial or television show like “Mythbusters.”
- If I go back to the video I just want one piece of information, this is generally hard to find.
- Audio quality can sometimes make it difficult to understand what is being said.
- Videos are not accessible to those with vision impairments.
- Video content is not indexed on a search engine. This makes it harder to locate the instructional video based on keywords.
When creating an instructional video please always provide a transcript. This not only is necessary for those with visual impairments, but helps others to access the information quickly. My suggestion is that video should enhance your content, not be your content. If you are flipping your class please do not rely on video as the sole means of information transfer.
Mix It Up
Use video to quickly demonstrate what you wrote in text. I have a rule of thumb that videos should be 30 seconds. I will make 17 second videos even. It is much easier to make an interesting video where you do not say “um” if you get in and get out.
“I use YouTube to upload videos using Webcam Capture to quickly get in and get out.”
Write text explaining the concept. Use bullet points if you can. Underneath the text include a short video or animated GIF to enhance the text. Alternate text and video. This helps keep your content interesting, easy to access, and easy to refer to.