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In practice, people have attention spans of 10-15min at a stretch for consuming media at the level of thought and analysis required for technical and scientific learning.  Breaking up teaching sessions, adding variety to presentation formats, and changing how a subject is presented are all techniques that are scientifically demonstrated to improve learning.
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For this reason, we aim to keep topical presentations to 10 to 15 minutes.  If a subject absolutely requires more time than that, it should be broken up into two related presentations.  Usually, though, there is a lot of time that can be trimmed out of a video presentation relative to a live classroom performance.  Here are some time-saving tips:
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* Avoid repetition.  The viewer can always rewind.
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* Pick up the pace and avoid stops.  The viewer can always pause when they need to.
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* Keep it punchy.  Topical presentations are meant to introduce a subject and provide intuition.  Printed media are more appropriate for detailed technical content that would be useful as a reference for later.  Avoid incorporating too much reference material into a video.
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===Materials===
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There are many ways to do this, but I've chosen to copy what [https://sites.google.com/a/khanacademy.org/forge/for-translators/reference-page Salman Khan of Khan Academy uses]:
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* A [http://www.staples.com/Wacom-CTL460-Bamboo-Pen-Tablet/product_812911?cid=PS:SBD:GS:E:N:PLA:71000000000227348:58000000007550141:812911 Wacom Bamboo Tablet]
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* Quicktime Player (on my Mac)
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Feel free to experiment, though.
  
 
===Topical Videos===
 
===Topical Videos===
* [http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html Salman Khan on Khan Academy]: Videos instead of Lecture
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* [http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html Salman Khan on Khan Academy]: On using instructional videos instead of lecture
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZJAhfaZnUA How to make] a Khan Academy-style video
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZJAhfaZnUA How to make] a Khan Academy-style video

Revision as of 12:56, 31 August 2011

In practice, people have attention spans of 10-15min at a stretch for consuming media at the level of thought and analysis required for technical and scientific learning. Breaking up teaching sessions, adding variety to presentation formats, and changing how a subject is presented are all techniques that are scientifically demonstrated to improve learning.

For this reason, we aim to keep topical presentations to 10 to 15 minutes. If a subject absolutely requires more time than that, it should be broken up into two related presentations. Usually, though, there is a lot of time that can be trimmed out of a video presentation relative to a live classroom performance. Here are some time-saving tips:

  • Avoid repetition. The viewer can always rewind.
  • Pick up the pace and avoid stops. The viewer can always pause when they need to.
  • Keep it punchy. Topical presentations are meant to introduce a subject and provide intuition. Printed media are more appropriate for detailed technical content that would be useful as a reference for later. Avoid incorporating too much reference material into a video.

Materials

There are many ways to do this, but I've chosen to copy what Salman Khan of Khan Academy uses:

Feel free to experiment, though.

Topical Videos