Using Media Effectively: A Resource Library

Introduction: The Media Workflow

Video can be a powerful learning tool in the classroom, but framing your shot correctly is only the first in a series of steps that are required to successfully integrate video into an educational context, whether that's in the classroom or in BlackBoard, or on a website. What you do after recording is just as important as what you do during the recording. This workflow will guide you through each stage of the process, including production, post-production, and distribution to your audience. These three key steps are easy to remember, and they're a good way to think about what to do after you press record.

1) Collect

Where is your media coming from? Will you be recording your own, or are you making a collage of existing content from around the web? Learn more about this topic.

2) Edit

The media you're planning to use will feature exactly the right content and be exactly the right length for your application. If it doesn't, you may need to edit it down. This doesn't have to be arduous--it could be as simple as setting appropriate start and end points. Learn more about this topic.

3) Distribute

You want people to see what you've recorded, right? The final stage of the video workflow is distribution. There are many avenues for distribution, and you no longer need your own DVD production studio to reach a lot of people. Learn more about this topic.