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Improving Talking Head Recorded Lectures

Reader Mailbag 1 – Spring 2014, Issue 4

This Reader Mailbag video covers our 4 tips for improving ‘talking head’ recorded lectures!

  1. Start with the big picture
  2. Keep it conversational
  3. Add follow-up activities
  4. Ensure that the recording is of a high quality

Please submit your burning educational technology questions using our submission form. We will select a question or two to feature in our next newsletter. We would love to hear your thoughts on this video in the comment form below!

References & Suggested Readings

Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2011). E-learning and the science of instruction: Proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. John Wiley & Sons.

Mayer, R. E. (2009). Multimedia learning. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Middendorf, J., & Kalish, A. (1996, January). The “change-up” in lectures. InNatl. Teach. Learn. Forum (Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 1-5).

Phillips, R., Gosper, M., McNeill, M., Woo, K., Preston, G., & Green, D. (2007). Staff and student perspectives on web-based lecture technologies: Insights into the great divide.

Swarts, J. (2012). New modes of help: Best practices for instructional video.Technical Communication, 59(3), 195-206.

Traphagan, T., Kucsera, J. V., & Kishi, K. (2010). Impact of class lecture webcasting on attendance and learning. Educational Technology Research and Development, 58(1), 19-37.

Wilson, K., & Korn, J. H. (2007). Attention during lectures: Beyond ten minutes.Teaching of Psychology, 34(2), 85-89.

Winterbottom, S. (2007). Virtual lecturing: Delivering lectures using screencasting and podcasting technology. Planet, (18), 6-8.