Are you unsure of how to excite your students, particularly those of you teaching online? A simple way to spark learner's intrigue is to create an engaging introduction video that makes students want to learn more!
Self-introductions can be used to attract students to take your course. Or, as one of the first things students see when they begin your course, they give your students their first impression of who you are as a person and as an instructor. Impactful course introductions have the potential to:
- humanize your presence in a virtual environment.
- excite students about what they’ll experience in your course.
For online courses, they may:
- dispel fears or uncertainty among students new to online learning.
- encourage more contributions to the weekly discussions.
Ideas from Sarah Linden’s blog posting “Introduction Video: Why Your Online Course Needs One” and "How to Make the Most of a Video Introduction for an Online Course" by Emmett Dulaney.
- View samples of the self-introductions and course-introduction videos.
- Reflect on the videos. What aspects from the samples did you like? Which would you like to use in a your video?
- Use the Self-Intro Checklist
- Sign-Up for a 1-hour timeslot. For Spring 2017, appointments are available on Thursday, Jan 5 and Friday, Jan 6, 2017. We don't expect it to take the full hour, but we don't want you to feel rushed, so we have allowed 1-hour timeslots.
- Sign the release form (login using your hawaii.edu)
- You will receive an email confirmation verifying your time.
- We encourage you to send us your script so we can close caption your video.
- (Optional) If you would like to use your own picture as a background, please send it to email@example.com prior to your shoot. Otherwise, we will have a selection for you to choose from.
Come to the EMC Studio (enter through LC-116) at your scheduled time, the EMC staff will:
- Greet you and go over what to expect
- Wire you for audio
- Go through any questions you may have
- Give you some quick tips on speaking to camera
- Do a quick rehearsal
- Record your segment
After Your Recording Session
We will post your video to the Video Library. We will also send you a link to your posted video with instructions on adding it to your Google Site (if you have one).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long should my video be?
A: You can do a great video in under 3 minutes.
Q: What should I say? or What should I include in my video?
A: We have included a few suggestions on the checklist. The main point of the self-introduction is to reach out to your students and connect with them.
Q: Is this only for Distance Ed instructors?
A: No, we encourage any instructor who would like to create an self-introduction video to sign-up.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Whatever you wear in your class.
Q: What if I make a mistake?
A: We will do another take.
Q: Who will see this?
A: The video will be publically viewable in YouTube under The Educational Media Center channel. Comments will be turned off.
"Teacher Presence: Using Introductory Videos in Online and Hybrid Courses," Learning Solutions Magazine, by Paula Jones, Kim Naugle, MaryAnn Kolloff, 2008 21 Mar.
"6 Videos to Use in Your Classroom," [Using Animoto], by Caitlin Veator, 11 Mar 2013.
"Introductions", Lindner College of Business
Self Introduction Video Services are offered each semester on the Wednesday and Thursday of Convocation Week. Requests for other times may be made through our Online Form and will be accomodated based on studio availability.