Connect with Your Students Using a Self-Introduction Video
A self-intro video can help
Don’t worry about all the fancy video production terms or film editing techniques, all you need is 23 minutes and the following
Four Simple Steps
Before start, take one minute to think about the purpose of your video and what first impression you’d like to establish in this video. Keep in mind a general rule of thumb: the shorter the better. For a self-introduction video, 2 minutes are plenty.
We suggest your video reveal
— two fundamental purposes or components (who you are and your expectation of the course)
– and two essential impressions (professional as well as welcoming).
In each of the following steps, we discuss how to address these two components and build the two impressions.
There are three modules at the bottom of the course. They can guide you through three main technologies that you’ll need to create the video and put it in your online course. Click on the module name to unfold the content. Skip the modules if you’ve already mastered those tools.
Step 1: The Script
Open the PowerPoint and type in the main points there while you are writing the script. This way, you’ll have a presentation ready for recording by the time you finish the script. It is almost always nicer to give the audience something to read while you are speaking than let them stare at your face the entire time. Keep in mind the rule of thumb: the shorter the better. You only need no more than 3 slides.
Here are a few recommended aspects to cover in your script:
1. Welcome your students to the course!
Probably the easiest yet very effective way to make a welcoming impression: simply say “Welcome to the course!” at the beginning of your self-introduction.
2. Let your students know how they should address you (Dr./Prof./First or Last name).
This is one of those small-yet-important things about course expectation, but very often is neglected.
Address yourself in the way that you expect your students to address you. For example, if Professor Jane Doe wants her students to address her by the first name with the doctor title, she can let her students know by simply greeting “Hi, I’m Dr. Jane, your instructor for this course.”
3. Show your expertise and credibility
Compare a new instructor greets a class for the first time by saying she has never taught before and another instructor introduces that she has 20 years experience working in the field. Imagine the potential for it to skew the students’ opinions of the content being presented for the entire semester! Here is some empirical evidence showing how the credibility of presenter
This is possibly of the most importance for establishing a professional first impression.
4. Something special about you (a genuine personal stories/good timing for humor)
Step 2 & 3: The Recording
Check out the Screencast-o-Matic module if you are unfamiliar with it.
- Talking head (personal background) and something to read!
- Talking to your students (eye-contact with the camera)
- The shorter the better (less than 2min)
A Stellar Example!
Step 4: In Theater
where to embed the video
Go Some Extra Miles
If you’d like to maintain the presence