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Creating video for education

Creating video for education

After deciding on the purpose and format of your video, e.g. a movie as an additional media type to a book chapter or an instruction video, you need to consider the creation of the video itself. You can either do it yourself or have professionals record your video for you. It is up to the teacher to decide what option suits the goal or audience best.

Under tools you will find the options and tools present within UM. Teachers who wish to record their own videos can either make use of Mediasite fixed recording equipment installed in selected lecture halls or may use the desktop option, MyMediasite. Those who prefer working with a producer may find a number of trusted recording and production services there.



Web lectures

Probably the best known video option, a web lecture, offers the opportunity to ‘attend’ the lecture from elsewhere, e.g. through live streaming, when physical attendance is impossible. And what’s more: a recorded web lecture allows for playing and replaying complex topics, theory or passages.


Start recording your lecture

To record a lecture in a lecture hall, you can make use of Mediasite, a (fixed) tool for capturing, managing and delivering videos.

Mediasite is installed at several UM faculties, where designated so-called ‘key users’ may help you schedule the room and start recording.

The faculty key users also provide information on storing and editing your recordings.

Where and how

Recording instruction videos on Mediasite capturing equipment is possible at the following locations:

  • De Bonte zaal at FHML (UNS50, H1.331)
  • African Corner at SBE (TS53)
  • Statenzaal and Feestzaal at LAW (BOU3)
  • Turnzaal at FASoS (GG90-92)

Of course, you may also revert to a studio facility or use your own recording device with a desktop recording tool, such as UM-supported MyMediasite.

Interaction during your (web) lecture

Who would not want their audience to really participate in their lectures? But speech from the audience may be difficult to hear, let alone capture.

Audience response tools provide an excellent solution. The UM offers and supports GoSoapbox (scroll to e-interaction) for audience interaction. Even distance attendees can use it if you stream your lecture!

Streaming your lecture

You may wish to have distance students attend your lectures as you are giving them, for several reasons:

  • the lecture hall is too small to fit everyone
  • part of your audience is assembled at another location, e.g., students from another institution or conference goers

Live streaming provides an adequate solution in such cases. UM supports live-stream broadcasting through Mediasite or Blackboard Collaborate.


Knowledge clips

Knowledge clips

A knowledge clip is actually a short weblecture in which the teacher discusses only one topic. Knowledge clips can serve as a way to refresh your knowledge on that topic or go more into depth on a specific part. They can serve as starting point to discuss the topic in class (and thus actually flip your classroom) or serve as self study material.

A way to create knowledge clips is to cut a captured lecture into chapters on specific topics or record short lectures (by means of fixed or desktop tools explained under tools).

The Dutch website on web lectures offers more background on creating knowledge clips.




Examples of knowledge clips

Examples of knowledge clips Leiden University offers to their law students (in Dutch):


Instruction videos

Instruction videos

Giving an instruction for the seventh time in row? Or want to offer students help in practicing certain skills?

An instruction video can help.

Advantages of an instruction video

  • Fits an easy, user friendly and uniform transfer of information as often as necessary
  • Information / knowledge is retained longer after watching a video
  • Reduce the amount of support requests by making use of instruction videos
  • You can explain processes step by step
  • Updating an instruction video is cheaper than inviting all students again to a training or lecture.

Where and how

Recording instruction videos on specific topics can be done in the rooms where lecture capturing tools are available, but also behind your own computer or laptop by making use a desktop lecture recording tool.

A tool to do this present at the UM is MyMediasite, a tool closely connected to the Mediasite (web) lecture capture tool.


Alternatives for recording an instruction video

Alternatives, i.e. other than MyMediasite, for recording an instruction video include Camtasia, Adobe Captivate and Screencast-o-matic, the latter being a free web-based tool. Please note that there is no central UM host nor support available for these alternative tools. As a result, the selection and purchase of the most suitable tool for your purposes is entirely yours.

For general advice on implementing instruction videos in your curriculum or running a pilot, please turn to the library e-learning support team.


Media training

Media training

When preparing for recording (or streaming) your lecture, there are several aspects to take into account. Besides properly introducing yourself and your topic, also make sure that you:

  • Offer structure
  • Articulate clearly
  • Vary in intonation and volume
  • Take short breaks between sentences or topics.

For more presentation tips watch this video [in Dutch].

If you need more than just tips, you can soon sign up for the media training below, in which you will practice your (online) presentation and media skills.


Pre-announcement: new workshop on media skills for educational video

Soon a new workshop on media skills for educational video will be presented.

In this workshop, participants learn to present themselves and their message crisply, clearly and convincingly in front of a camera. After this workshop, participants are better equipped to use video in a convincing and appealing manner in education.

Workshop content:

  • video use in education: a brief overview
  • leadership in speaking: language, voice and body language
  • camera dos & don’ts
  • elevator pitches/short video including feedback

Target audience:

Teaching professionals aiming to create weblectures and/or use (more) own videos in their lectures


  • 3 - 6 participants
  • 3 hours
  • In-house (University Library) or at the faculties / service centres
  • Preparation: bring a professional topic to speak about (e.g. your research or skill)
  • Materials: bring your own smart phone (or other device) with camera
  • Trainer: Vic Diederen

 Registration will soon be possible!


Promotional videos

Promotional videos

Of course there can be numerous reasons to use video as a tool for promoting what your faculty offers to for example prospective students.On this site though we only cover video as a tool for education. If you do consider to make a promotional video, we refer to the UM Video Team who can advice and support creating these.


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