What is it?
An orientation video introduces the layout of an online learning environment or tool. Effective orientation videos demonstrate how essential elements such as content and assignments are accessed.
Why should I do it?
Online courses vary in look and feel. A simple, brief course tour can take the guess work out of navigating your course. Orientation videos allow educators to put students on the path to success. Instructor-generated video content such as an orientation video gives students a sense of who you are as an educator and serves to humanize the online classroom while establishing social and teaching presence.
What tools do I need?
a free screencasting application
free video hosting
What does it look like?
Orientation videos are usually screencasts.
How do I organize it?
Begin by formulating your objective and creating a solid plan, storyboard, or outline for your video. Orientation videos should provide enough information that students can confidently begin working in the course but not so much information that students feel overwhelmed.
Orientation Video Template
Tips for Success
Avoid references to specific chapters, page numbers, dates, or assignments unless you plan to refresh this video every term.
If the visual cues in the layout of a course change, re-record this video to reflect the true appearance of the course layout before the next offering of the course.
Keep these videos brief; fewer than five minutes.
Example Orientation Video (Screencast)
Standards from the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, 5th Edition. Quality Matters. Retrieved from https://www.qualitymatters.org/sites/default/files/PDFs/StandardsfromtheQMHigherEducationRubric.pdf