Guides of e-learning tools

How to record a good video

  • Decide on the type of video you want to create and whether you need any equipment – the Video tree (in Estonian) may help you with that.
  • Prepare material for 20-30 minutes of video maximum (a person can focus on a video for about 20 minutes).
  • When creating instructional videos (not video lectures!), remember that one hour of video requires at least two hours of work.
Do not simply read the text on the slides out loud!

Technical quality

  • A lighter background leaves a more cheerful impression.
  • Make sure to minimise background noise in the video shoot location (phone, coffee machine, ventilation, street noise, etc.).
  • Try not to touch the microphone – this creates additional noise.
  • Avoid using the keyboard – this creates additional noise.
  • Make sure there is enough light.
  • First, make a short test recording.
Delete the test recording from the Panopto server immediately after reviewing it!

Presentation slides

  • Use the same design template throughout the course.
  • The opening slide includes the topic of the lecture, contacts of lecturer and the year of creation.
  • The slides are numbered.
  • At the beginning of the video lecture, give a short overview of the topic to be covered.
  • Use a single-coloured slide template that is as light and neutral as possible (dark text on a white is the best).
  • Use as few colours as possible (one colour for body text, another for titles).
  • Emphasise important parts by bold (instead of another colour or underlining).
  • Make sure the font size is sufficient (22-28, max 36 for titles) and same on all slides.
  • Use lists to break down the text.
  • Insert the titles of slides correctly in the design template as titles (later on, these titles will form the menu of the video lecture).
  • Have a closing slide (thanks, wishes for the future or a blank slide) so that the presentation would not end before the spoken text.

Outfit and looks

  • Prefer darker (blue, brown, grey, dark beige, violet) single-coloured clothing, but not black (this absorbs too much light).
  • Avoid white and yellow clothing, as these reflect too much light.
  • Avoid mixing patterned clothing.
  • It is good if the clothes have a place to attach the microphone to (when using a lapel microphone).
  • Use the same clothing to record all video lectures of the course.
  • Using a light powder helps to reduce shine.
  • Avoid using massive, shiny, long and dangling jewellery.
  • Wear clothing that prevents and conceals sweat marks.
  • Prefer comfortable footwear.

Speech and gaze

  • Make sure your video lecture has clear advantages over reading written text out loud.
  • Include real-life examples and one joke.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Prefer a faster pace and speak with enthusiasm.
  • Use shorter sentences.
  • Change your intonation and volume to emphasise important parts.
  • Remain tactful.
  • Smile.
  • Look into the camera.
  • If you have to look away from the camera (e.g. for notes), turn your head, not just the eyes.
  • Do not look away from the camera too often: it may leave an impression of lacking competence.