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Providing recorded lectures for learners to watch online can be an effective pedagogical strategy when done well.

This page provides some tips for planning and presenting a successful recorded lecture, as well as information on what to expect when you come to record. If you have questions, need support, or would like to discuss your particular project or best practices, contact Janet Koecher, Educational Technologist




The Environment (MSB 3283A)

Studio 3283

You will be giving your presentation in a small studio that has video lighting, a camera, and microphones

  • You will be standing in front of a green background, which will be replaced with a different background on the video
  • You will have a tablet on which to annotate and navigate through your slides, or a remote slide advancer if you’re not annotating
  • You have the option of sitting or standing to deliver the lecture; however, you will not be able to walk around while you lecture
  • At least one technician will be in the studio with you taking care of all of the technical considerations
  • It does get warm in the studio, so bring water if you wish

Click for maps and directions to the studio


Know Your Presentation

Although you can stop, start, and redo your presentation as necessary while recording it in the studio, it will flow much more naturally if you know your presentation well

  • Practise giving the presentation out loud to NOBODY before you come in for the recording. Presenting to an empty room with a camera is quite different than being in a room full of students: no feedback, no other noises, no interruptions
  • Practicing should include both your verbal component and the visual component. You might know what you would like to say, but saying it at the same time as navigating your computer applications might take a bit of time to perfect
  • A teleprompter can be used to allow you look at a script while looking straight into the camera, but this can look awkward and should be used only if you feel you cannot give the lecture without it. We do not recommend reading a script from a teleprompter
  • If you are annotating as you present, practise where in your presentation you will do this, and what you will do: e.g.: circles, arrows, text reinforcement


Hair, Make up, and Wardrobe

Unfortunately, we don’t have a budget for hair, make up, or wardrobe, but we do have a mirror. Here are some tips on what to wear:

  • If you normally wear make up, wear the same amount as you usually do
  • Avoid bright, reflective jewelry
  • Do NOT wear green. The process by which the green-coloured background is replaced is by removing anything from the shot that is green-coloured; if you are wearing green, this will also disappear
  • Do NOT wear a jacket or top with small patterns, such as tight stripes or herringbone, as this will shimmer on the video (Moiré effect) and be distracting.
The Moiré Effect

You will be able to see the final composited image of yourself, the background, and the Powerpoint, on a monitor before you begin

What We Need From You in Advance

Here's the information or elements that we require at least a day before your scheduled recording, in order to have the studio configured for you.

  • Will you be standing or sitting?
  • Will you be annotating on tablet (which we will provide)?
    • if you don't use the tablet, you will use a remote slide advancer to navigate your presentation
  • How many people will be presenting the lecture?
    • if more than one, should they be on camera at the same time?
  • What background style will you use?
  • You can send your presentation to us in advance; send it using this link: UTMedFiles
    • OR you can bring it in on a USB drive
  • Will you be using any props, moving around, or doing anything other than standing and lecturing?
  • The text file, if you need to use the teleprompter for text (eg, to read a script)
  • Where the recording will be hosted and posted? (Click here for more information)
  • If your team will be doing the post-production instead of Discovery Commons


Getting Set Up

It will take about 10 – 15minutes after you arrive to complete the technical set up.

  • During this time, you will be asked to stay in front of the camera
  • You can use this time to go through your presentation
  • You can also talk to the technician at this time to communicate anything particular about your presentation, or ask questions
  • The technician may ask for a sound check, during which you should say a sentence or two of your presentation in your normal presentation voice


Presenting the Lecture for the Camera

  • Look into the camera. You will be able to see your slides on a screen in front of the camera (on a teleprompter), so even while you’re looking at your presentation, it appears as if you’re looking into the camera
  • When the studio set up is complete and you’re ready, the technician will signal for you to begin
  • Speak relatively quickly, but enunciate well and show enthusiasm for the topic
  • If you make a mistake or trip on your words, we can do one of two things:
    • If it’s a relatively small error and you catch it right away and can correct it without a long explanation, do so and carry on lecturing. It can stay in the video
    • If you don’t catch it right away, it can’t be corrected, or will take a long explanation, just stop, say something like, “I’ll redo that,” pause, and pick up your presentation from a point slightly earlier from where you made the mistake. We will edit the mistake out in post-production
  • As much as possible, reduce ums and ahs while you speak
  • Remember to pause if appropriate, so viewers can absorb complex diagrams
  • It is encouraged that you maintain your personality while you are recording, so do not be afraid to venture a bit off-course
  • Unlike in a classroom, there is no visual indication or feedback from students and so in order to assist with comprehension and to increase clarity, it is helpful if you repeat your main concepts clearly and often. This will also reassure your learners that they are following along and are focused on the right pieces of information
  • When you are finished, maintain your eye contact with the camera for 2 - 3 seconds after your last word. That is, do not laugh, vocalize, roll your eyes, say "whew! etc, until 2 - 3 seconds has passed. This allows time for a fade out in the finished video.



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