The shift to remote learning because of COVID-19 brings the possibility of using video materials for teaching. Video lectures by teachers will be an important tool, especially in asynchronous learning, where lessons are discussed without the constraint of having all students together at the same place or at the same time.
Whether one is a teacher or a resource person for a learning material, creating one’s own video lecture may be daunting for some who have not done it before and who worry that they need high-tech recording equipment to do it.
This is why UP Open University (UPOU), through UPOU Networks, has put together three quick video tutorials for those who want to learn how to make better quality recorded lectures using smartphones. These may also help those who have already gone into producing do-it-yourself (DIY) video lectures, but seek to improve them.
“Mobile Video Recording for Video Lectures: Settings, Stabilization, and Framing” discusses: the rule of thirds; how to keep the device steady using household items; and, the best resolution, aspect ratio, and frame rate settings, among others.
“Mobile Video Recording for Video Lectures: Lighting and Set Design” teaches proper placement of source light as well as setting up an appropriate background.
“Mobile Video Recording for Video Lectures: Audio Management” talks about ensuring clear audio by soundproofing the recording area and checking the capacity of the smartphone to receive audio.
These videos are open educational resources that are part of the UPOU Networks “Technology for Teaching and Learning” playlist. Visit https://networks.upou.edu.ph/ to explore the various learning materials available.