It can be tough for faculty to fit in professional development once a semester has begun. Class prep, grading, communicating with students all take precedence; and on top of that are all those opportunities for college service. Adding a new learning management system to this mix, especially one that changes frequently, makes for a special challenge to how we balance our professional time. Those of us who provide professional development have to find a way to fit what we offer into our colleagues’ priorities.
At Cosumnes River College we spent the 2017 calendar year making our transition to Canvas, and we used the opportunity to change my PD-related communications with the campus. In the fall we started an email series “This Week in Canvas,” and each message included upcoming training as well as a tip of the week. In fall 2018 we added video, filmed in our studio at CRC’s Center for Instructional Innovation. The videos have been very popular and allow us to practice our creativity in a way that models effective online instructional video.
In this session we will discuss why we started doing video, the equipment and software used for filming and editing, and the process we use to keep things fresh. We will share some examples of the videos that we have created. You will leave the session with a checklist for effective video production that can be used for professional development and instruction and an idea of how video for professional development can cultivate the connections and community among the cadre of Canvas users at your college.
• Share how video supports professional development.
• Identify the process for making online video.