Tools for creating educational videos

Video content allows teaching staff to illustrate their subject matter and enables students to study independently at their own pace. Students can watch videos multiple times in order to revise or focus on the key sections on their own time. Educational videos are typically scripted to make sure that the topic is covered clearly and concisely. Capturing a lecture or teaching session allows those who were absent to watch the recording later to stay up to date. A recording will also allow the in-person participants to revise and refresh their memory.

The IT Handbook offers a one-page introduction to all the tools available for creating video content. The page includes links to more detailed instructions.

It is usually the quickest and easiest option to create video content using your own computer, because then it will not be necessary to book a space, loan additional equipment or agree on additional resources. However, the quality of your audio and video may be better if you use the studio facilities. Consider the needs that your video content must meet: it may be that an introductory video for the first class session does not have to meet high professionals standards, whereas it may be necessary to invest more effort into the quality of an instructional video or a promotional video that will be used for a long time.

Your computer:

  • You can use your own computer to deliver virtual lectures, record lectures and create educational videos where the scene you are filming is not moving (screen capture and/or a talking head). It is also the quickest way to create video content because you can record a video using your own familiar equipment and without going to a specific location.
  • Points to consider:
    • Go to a quiet space and minimise background noise. A good microphone and camera are all you need to ensure sufficient video quality. Audio quality is especially important for creating high-quality video content.
    • You can download the software you need from the Software center. Read more.

Equipment loans:

  • Although it is easy to create audio and video content with your own computer, it may be a good idea to use a separate microphone or camera to ensure better audio and video quality. If you only occasionally need this type of specialist equipment, remember that there is a range of cameras, microphones and video equipment available for loan at Tampere Universities.
  • Please note:
    • Send an inquiry to the IT-Helpdesk and book the equipment well in advance.

Video facilities:

  • The on-campus video facilities and studios are particularly suited for recording scripted and pre-planned educational videos. Facilities are also available for lecture capture and hybrid teaching sessions, which are attended remotely by some participants and in person by others. In addition, there is a podcast space for audio recording purposes as well as Digiport facilities that support co-working and the delivery of teaching to groups located on different campuses.
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Visit the IT handbook to read more about our video services.

All the digital tools that support teaching at Tampere Universities are presented in the onion model