When you teach photography online course, one of the most important factors to focus on is engagement. If students are actively engaging with your photography curriculum, they’re much more likely to be successful.
Engagement involves giving your students activities to complete and making your course interesting. One simple way to add engagement is to include yourself in your videos. Video as a medium is automatically engaging because it adds a human element to your material.
Your whole course shouldn’t just be one long video but should incorporate elements of recorded and live videos throughout.
Here are some different ways you can use video as part of your course:
Record PowerPoint Presentations. Take the material you’re presenting in your online photography class and make a simple video that shows it in slides. If you want to save time check out these done for you PowerPoint presentations below:
Show Don’t Tell. Create a demonstration video that shows people how to do what you’re teaching them. For example if you're teaching about lighting, connect your camera and show them what it looks like to take a photo in natural light vs. using the flash.
Create Screen Recordings. If you’re teaching something technical such as how to edit photos on your smartphone, connect your smartphone camera to your computer record your screen when you’re showing your students how to edit.
Interview an Expert. Reach out to an expert ask them some questions that would help your students with the session’s topic. For example, in the Kids Photography Online Curriculum there's a section about Careers in Photography. You may choose to interview photographers in a variety of niches and ask them questions about that type of photography. Some examples could include Pet Photographers, Real Estate Photographers
Make Resource Videos. Create videos of additional information for reference and make them available for students to watch outside the course.
In addition to helping your participants learn, adding these different types of videos will also gives your course more value. Simple, short videos are ideal, so don’t get hung up on production issues.
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