Making videos for content delivery

Many instructors choose to use readings to deliver out-of class content. However, many prefer to deliver their out-of class content through videos. In using videos to deliver content there are 3 possibilities:

1. You can make your own videos.

2. You can find videos online from a number of different sources: YouTube (which can be edited using TubeChop), TED-Ed, Khan Academy, open courseware, etc.

3. If you have taught an Open Online course, you can re-purpose your videos for your Penn class

In making your own videos for your class you have two main choices: you can work with on-campus video production specialists or you can make the videos yourself on a computer. Whichever method you choose you will want to keep your videos focused and short (~5-15 minutes). This helps to keep students’ attention as well as to keep concepts from blurring. In addition, you will want to think about how the videos fit into the students’ workload for your course. The purpose of the videos is not to essentially double class time and keep the rest of the course the same. Instead, some of the out-of-class work should be replaced by these lectures and perhaps re-purposed as in-class work. Finally, you may want to use YouTube or Vimeo or another server to host your videos instead of Canvas, especially if you have small text in your videos because posting directly to Canvas condenses your file and lowers the resolution. For more information on Canvas see the library’s Canvas support page or email

Making videos with on-campus video production specialists

If you’d like your videos to be professional quality or you don’t want to deal with recording videos on your own, making videos with an on-campus video production specialists is a good option for you. To learn more about this process and to schedule recordings, SAS faculty should contact the director of Online Learning and Digital Engagement for SAS, Jackie Candido ( Non-SAS faculty should contact Penn Video Network (

Making videos on a computer

Multi-Media Services has suggestions for making videos on your own and Weigle Information Commons has more information on the hardware and software that you can use to do so. If you have questions about how to make videos or would like help setting up the equipment necessary SAS faculty are encouraged to contact Multi-Media Services ( and faculty from across the university can contact Weigle Information Commons ( For faculty that are interested in making videos on their own, Open Learning offers a video kit with the hardware and software needed to do so. For more information about these kits contact Julie McGurk.

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