What is it?
An overview video synthesizes how the materials and activities for a duration of time (ex. a week, unit, or semester) will pull together to help students achieve the prescribed learning outcomes.
Why should I do it?
Course materials need to be put into context. Beginning a week, unit, or semester with an overview video helps lay the foundation for meaningful learning. They can also be used to highlight some key areas of focus, emphasis, or difficulty in the upcoming materials.
What tools do I need?
a free recording application
free video hosting
What does it look like?
Overview videos are usually talking head style or screencasts.
How do I organize it?
Begin by formulating your objective and creating a solid plan, storyboard, or outline for your video. Overview videos should provide the context that is necessary for students to use the required learning materials to achieve the prescribed objectives.
Overview Video Template
Overview videos will likely have to reference course specifics such as readings and assignments.
Whenever these elements change, the overview video should be updated before the next offering of the course.
Tips for Success
Example Overview Video
Standards from the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, 5th Edition. Quality Matters. Retrieved from https://www.qualitymatters.org/sites/default/files/PDFs/StandardsfromtheQMHigherEducationRubric.pdf