Developing Instructional Video Tutorials with Travis Hart

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Introduction

Video tutorials provide an important content-delivery tool in many face-to-face, flipped, blended, and online classes. They are known for being highly effective and powerful educational tools which can be part of a productive learning experience. Instructional videos, especially when demonstrating the use of a computer application can provide learners with a level of affordance than other mediums do not provide. The verbal component is a voice-over that conveys the conceptual and procedural information alongside the demonstration. Producing video tutorials or any other kind of videos for teaching and learning purposes is not a simple task; thoughtful planning is required and therefore it can take quite a bit of time to master the art of producing them.

We are hoping that this blog provides you with a template to follow and apply when thinking about producing your own videos. But more importantly, it is intended to give you a real sense on how long it might take you to produce a video from the moment of hitting the record button until it is ready to be uploaded onto your Canvas Shell.

To immerse you into what it takes to produce a video tutorial and hence provide you with a real case study, we teamed up with Travis Hart from the School of Fashion and Textiles, who has been producing instructional videos for his students for a few years now.

About Travis Hart

Travis is a teacher in the Associate Degree, Fashion & Textiles Merchandising in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University, and is currently teaching Advanced IT Fashion Illustration and Information Systems.  In this course, Travis teaches students how to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign for the fashion and textiles merchandising industry.  These applications are mainly used in garments and merchandise design.

How does Travis use videos?

Travis’ mode of delivery is face to face, and therefore he explains and demonstrates in class how these applications are used in the fashion and merchandise industry; however, Travis is very much aware that it is very important for his students, in particular, his international students, to have access to learning resources that reinforce the skills he demonstrates while in class time.  As a result, Travis produces a series of instructional videos in where he demonstrates how, for example, Adobe Photoshop is used to design a shirt bodyshirt front collarjacket bodydress outlineshoe sole, and lining, amongst other skills. Upon recording these videos, he proceeds to make them available to his class by uploading them to the course Canvas shell.

If you were to look into Travis’ Canvas shell, you will see that just for week 1 there are eight different instructional videos; the length of each video ranges from 2 to 15 minutes.  This trend can be observed for subsequent weeks throughout the semester. Although you might be thinking that this constitutes a large number of videos, but you will also agree that this is an effort that is a testament to excellent teaching practice.

Developing Video Tutorials – Step by Step

The diagram below will guide you through each of the steps that we recommend you to follow if planning to produce an instructional video.  For each of the steps, you will be able to play a video in where Travis Hart and Jennifer Farrow demonstrate how to go about completing it. Before proceeding with these steps, we would like to highlight that these instructions together with the selection of resources and tools are based on our knowledge and past experiences, but more importantly, we strongly believe that these steps are aligned with best teaching principles and RMIT Learning and Teaching guidelines.  In saying this, however, you can use tools of your preference. Please click on the steps to view the videos.

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