Teach the teacher to make educational video content

Research at the University of Amsterdam shows that teachers from the University see many benefits for video in their education, though time to produce them is always an issue. Teachers already have a full schedule and the innovation of their education isn't always rewarded with extra time or support.

The research also found that teachers:
- do not want to invent the wheel when introducing video in their education;
- want quick wins for the development of their script;
- do have some fixed hours for professional development;
- don't want to deal with the technical aspects of video making;
- want to learn from and with colleagues.
All these challenges resulted in the development of a workshop for teachers where teachers learn how to make a script and storyboard and also get a video at the end that they can immediately use in their education.

The workshop consists of three components.

The first component is a time and place independent module of one hour. In the module the design principles of the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (CTML) are discussed to help teachers make a start with their own script and storyboard. Additionally the ARCS-model is discussed to provide understanding of not only the cognitive process of students, but also motivational factors that play a role in the learning process. ARCS stands for Attention, Relevance, Confidence and Satisfaction. In the module the focus is limited to Attention and Relevance, because these were considered as a good first step for video making in a short module. At the end of the module the teacher has a first version of a script and a storyboard.

The second component is an interactive session where several teachers present their scripts and storyboards to each other and discuss how they can improve them considering the design principles, attention and relevance. At the end of the session, each teacher has an improved version of their storyboard.
Depending on the type of video the teachers want to make (e.g. short lecture, screencast, simple animation), they make an appointment to record their video or get support in how to use a certain program, which is the third and last component of the workshop. In the end they have a video they can use in their education and practical knowledge of how to make educational video.
The workshop was an interfaculty, multidisciplinary co-creation of course designers, e-learning developers, educational experts, video makers and teachers. The workshop - accompanied by teach the teacher instructions - is presented to representatives of all faculties, who will unroll the workshop in their faculty. The e-learning is available in the university's Digital Learning Environment and technical support at central level is optional.

The workshop builds on a study that was carried out by Werner Degger, Arnout Probst, Fleur Braunsdorf, Paul 't Hoen, Thijs Jansen and Abdullah Geels.
The workshop was developed by Egbert Neels, Fleur Braunsdorf and Sophie Alferink and co-created by Guusje Smit, Jeffrey Braak, Robin Meijers, Jaap Tuyp, Renee Cornelissen, Marcel Vreeswijk, Kim Ploegmakers and Rutger de Graaf. There was also a testgroup with representatives of different faculties.