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Our goal is to make GetSetSmart an easy way for good instructors to create outstanding content and help them reach thousands of students. Keeping this objective in mind here are some simple guidelines on technicalities of how to create your content. This will help us put your  courses online quickly. if you have any questions on suggestion, feel free to connect with us using the form below and we are happy to help.

Course Formats

  1. Conceptual courses: Talking heads preferred
  2. Technical courses: Talking head + screen share with audio narrative plus follow along coding etc.
  3. Non technology Courses: Talking head + Slides with Audi narrative

 

Introduction:  A “Talking head”-style video lecture is helpful for the students become familiar and develop rapport with your presence.

Use the Introduction to outline the course and what the students can expect to understand/learn by the end of the lecture. Add humor to break the ice and to out your audience at ease, if possible.

 

Quick Value: get into the meat of the contents right away. This way, students will feel they received value faster than expected and also will keep them engaged through the presentation.

 

One skill per section:  Typically students can only pay attention in chunks of 4-8 minutes. Online learning is prone to more distractions than a classroom. Hence by focusing on one skill per session over a course of 2-3 lectures will ensure students can learn one new skill per session.

 

Course goal:  While each section adds a new skill, always remember the final end result of the course. All the different sections should add up to empowering the student with all the required skills required by the course. It helps to break down the course into specific modules aiming at one specific skill development.

 

Lecture Length: Each section should be around 2-8 minutes.

 

Video

Video Settings: HD video (720p minimum) with clear lighting, composition, and camera set on a tripod, export in 16:9 format. These settings will ensure that your lectures are mobile optimized for mobile devices.

 

Creating video

Lighting: Bright and balanced, with minimal shadows. A well-lit room usually ensures this is covered. Check out this video for tips on how to get a professional lighting

https://wistia.com/library/diy-office-video-studio

 

Frame: Choose a clean, uniform, and non-distracting backdrop. A black board or a whiteboard will do well.

 

Mobile Friendly: Featured text is large enough to read on a smaller screen.

 

File size: Please keep each section to be less than 500 MB. Compatible file types include mp4, .mov, and .wmv

 

Engagement: Use direct eye contact. Record as though you were speaking with close friends

 

Slide presentations

Videos cannot be composed of a single static slide with audio narration.

All slides must be relevant to the narration and not simply subtitles for the audio. Audio quality

Audio must be clear of distracting noises including: echoes; “pops” on ‘P’ and ‘T’ sounds; background hum; fuzziness.

Audio must be of Stereo and match with video.

All lectures must have an audio track to walk students through your course content. However, a course cannot be made up only of audio tracks. Courses must include at least 60% video content. (Slide or talking heads)

Please note that as we grow and learn, we will update these standards.

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