When recording a lecture for online students, planning and delivery are the keys to success. Sharing online content with students can become a challenge while working on a screen with limited space. In order to convey concepts to students who cannot be in the room with you takes extra planning.
Keep in mind that lectures do not need to take the entire class time. Consider a mini-lecture of 5-10 minutes. Scenarios, working on problems, group work, case studies and similar authentic experiences help students get a better working understanding of concepts.
Preparing your lecture recording content
- Design with course objectives and outcomes in mind
- Be as concise as possible
- Organize logically and time-weighted according to the importance of the concepts you’re trying to convey
- Illustrate with images, links to videos or show applicable software programs when possible
- Provide good examples; authentic, real-world examples are best
Slide text and colors
- Use dark text (preferable black) on a white or very light background (no red or green)
- Borders/design should not be distracting or compete with content
- No more than 5-7 bullet points and keep sentences short
- Use Arial, or Helvetica, Tahoma (sans serif, web safe and good for cross platform) and avoid changing fonts type/size in your document
- Titles and headers 36-40 pt; no text smaller than 32 pt.
**Adapted from IEEE Online Presentations Best Practices, NIU Teaching with PowerPoint
- Graphs and diagrams should be simple; too much information is difficult for the learner to process
- Make use of white space
- Any accompanying text should be large and legible
- Provide after class via Canvas or other means if students will need it for review
When recording your screen