PREPARATION FOR RECORDING PRE-WEEK LECTURES IN DISCOVERY COMMONS
Integration of appropriate e-learning is an important pedagogical approach in the Foundations Curriculum. You and your team may be requested to develop video presentations for pre-week preparation, or in-week study materials as part of the Self-Learning Modules. These video presentations may be standalone or embedded into an online module.
Your video should be 10-15 minutes in length as it has been found that shorter videos are much more engaging. Articulating the objectives can help ensure that your planned content will be of appropriate length.
View an example Pre-Week lecture video here: (under construction)
The Powerpoint Presentation
The Foundations Curriculum renewal team has created a standard template for your PowerPoint presentation, if you will be using one.
Download the Powerpoint template here: (under construction)
Your PowerPoint presentation must be checked (and edited if needed) for consistency by the Foundations Curriculum renewal team. Please submit the presentation at least a week in advance to the renewal team.
View an example of a good Pre-Week Powerpoint here: (under construction)
The Environment (MSB 3283A)
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
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. You will, however, be able to see your Powerpoint on the teleprompter as a guide to your lecture.
- 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:
- You will be shown on the video from approximately the waist up
- If you normally wear make up, wear the same amount as you usually do
- Avoid bright, reflective jewelry
- Do NOT wear a jacket or top with small patterns, such as tight stripes or herringbone, as this will shimmer on the video (Moire effect) and be distracting
- 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
- You will be able to see the final composited image of yourself, the background, and the powerpoint, on a monitor before you begin
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
- Angle yourself slightly to the right when you present. In the finished video, this will make it look like you are turned toward your Powerpoint, rather than away from it.
- When the studio set up is complete and you’re ready, the technician will signal for you to begin
- Speak relatively quickly 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.