Video content is not as important as well-prepared assignments. it's better to invest more time in designing interesting assignments than in recording high-quality video.


But videos are important to make a course personal and inspiring, so let's not exclude them at all. Please watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q-JKBEwNy4 to get a better understanding of the video production process for MOOCs.


Based on research (https://groups.csail.mit.edu/uid/other-pubs/las2014-pguo-engagement.pdf), videos produced with a more personal feel could be more engaging than high-fidelity studio recordings. So try filming in an informal setting; it might not be necessary to invest in big-budget studio productions. 

If you have a recording studio nearby, you can try it out, but it's not necessary for a good MOOC.


Other recommendations for video recording:

  1. Shorter videos are much more engaging. We recommend to make 5-7 minutes long videos.
  2. Videos that intersperse an instructor’s talking head with slides are more engaging than slides alone. 
  3. Try to interchange video steps with texts and assignments.
  4. Videos where instructors speak fairly fast and with high enthusiasm are more engaging. Coach instructors to bring out their enthusiasm and reassure that they do not need to purposely slow down.
  5. What is truly important for an educational video is a good quality of sound. 
  6. The size of the video should be FullHD: 1920x1080 or at least 1280х720
  7. Current size limits for each video on Stepik is 200 MB.


We usually recommend the following microphones:


We can do all the video editing yourself, but if you're not familiar with the process just send us raw files and editing notes (e.g. cut this, join that etc.). You can always contact us (support@stepik.org) to discuss further how to make this process efficient on later stages of the project.


See more recommendation on video production for MOOCs: Table 1 in http://www.pgbovine.net/publications/edX-MOOC-video-production-and-engagement_LAS-2014.pdf.