Conference Video: Making Effective Online Video for Education

I moderated a panel on educational video at the Streaming Media West conference this past November, and video of that session is now up for viewing online at

I was very impressed by the panelists, each of them bringing a unique perspective on the question of what makes effective online video for education.

I already knew John Tubbs, who also works at the University of Illinois. I invited him to participate because of his passion for good quality audio and video. Beyond aesthetics, John has been researching the physiological reasons why good audio matters and why bad audio might impair comprehension and retention. He brings up some of his research in this session.

I shared a panel last year with Richard Bloom, who is the coursecast administrator for the excellent Webcast site at the University of California – Berkeley. I was glad Richard could make it because Berkeley is really emphasizing the value of publicly sharing their videos along with using as many open source tools as possible.

I met Chuck Allen from CSU San Marcos and Scott Szczurek from the CME Group in Chicago for the first time the evening before the panel. Chuck has the distinct privilege of having built the media capture and distribution infrastructure at San Marcos, since the university is less than twenty years old. He shares some choice wisdom based upon his experience there.

I was glad to have Scott on board for the panel to bring us the perspective of someone producing video for internal training and education, demonstrating that educators of all stripes share a lot of the same challenges and can benefit from sharing solutions.



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