Below you will find examples of the various media production styles that are available to create content for your ASU Online course. Click the image to play the video.

Course Information and Instructor Introductions

This short video works to introduce the instructor and/or provide an overview for the course. It has value in identifying course objectives for learners besides introducing/showing the instructor for the course to promote social aspects for the course.

 Standard Background This video uses the standard abstract background that allows focus to be on the instructor.

 Custom Photo This video uses a custom image background that the instructor took on one of his research projects.

 Field Production This video style is shot “on location” in an office or other setting to provide a more authentic feel for the environment.

Demonstration – Virtual Whiteboard

This video style shows a process, simulation, or exercise in a step-by-step visual approach to break down the main components for the learning objective.

 Blank Slides This approach uses a “blank” slide that create the effect of a blank whiteboard giving the instructor the full area for images and writing.

 Integrated Slides This video has incorporated slides and the instructor uses the write pad to annotate and add additional content.

 Integrated Slides This video has incorporated slides and the instructor uses the write pad to annotate and add additional content.

Demonstration – Labs/Tools

This video style shows a process, simulation, or exercise in a step-by-step visual approach to break down the main components for the learning objective.

 Information Models This video allows the instructor to interact with a model in the lab, such as this human skeleton.

 Close Up Camera This video feature a second camera to allow for a close up shot of some “hands on” materials where instructors are working with smaller items that require visual details.

 Overhead Camera This video uses an overhead camera to get a close up viewpoint for the process demonstration

Student Interaction & Dialog

This approach incorporates valuable approaches from the classroom immersion learning environment where students can immediately ask questions or request clarification on information content. In this approach one or two students appear in the video to make authentic contributions from the student perspective.

 TA Conversations In this example the course teaching assistant joins the instructor to have a conversation about the content.

 Student Questions A very unique approach is to have students included in the studio video for questions and reactions regarding the content.

 Student Contributions This style has students working through the lab based problems.

Virtual Environments

Using green screen technology and other tools, virtual environments can allow for viewing control and also can be visually engaging.

 360 Degree Player This video technology allows the users to control the viewpoint, use your mouse or arrows to change the direction of the video.

 Virtual Environment This virtual environment allows the instructor to interact with elements in the virtual environment.

 Virtual Video Background This course video uses a motion video background from the ASU Tempe campus.

Interviews and Discussions

This approach incorporates expertise and subject-matter experts to provide viewpoints, experience information for online courses.

 Interview This interview with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor shares her extensive knowledge and experience for an ASU law course.

 Field Interview This interview was conducted on location and edited into a news segment format.

 Panel Discussion This multi-person panel discussion allows for unscripted group discussions

Role Playing

This approach works to show roles and interactions for specific scenarios to provide engaging examples of how situations play out in “real-life”.

 Role Playing This video shows a situation as an example for human resources training in relation to employment laws.

 Role Playing This video shows an interaction between a physician and a patient on how to have patients quantify feelings using a rating system.

 Role Playing This video shows the process for handling a job termination process conversation.

On Location – Virtual Field Trips

Going to a location relevant to course content provides a unique experience to viewers and has an added benefit in that the recording can also be used in future course offerings.

 Virtual Field Trip This virtual field trip to a telescope in Happy Jack, AZ shows how the telescope operates.

 Virtual Field Trip This virtual field trip to a lab at ASU identifies and demonstrates the safety features of a lab.

 On Location This instructor introduces the electronic circuits class to his lab.


This video is usually 5 minutes or less, covering one or a few points in a specific or well defined content area. These videos have value in being mixed into learning activities for Just-in-Time information for course activities. They can use text slides for additional information.

 Microlecture This 90 second microlecture introduces historic preservation laws and public and private approaches to preservation.

 Microlecture This 3 minute microlecture discusses the Roman Senate for a world history course.

 Incorporated Slides This 6 minute microlecture explains and provides examples for futures in business trading markets.

Web and Mobile Cameras

This informal approach can be created and published by the instructor to the course in a very short amount of time using web camera recording technology. It works very well for addressing current events relevant to the course or perhaps providing general class feedback.

 Personal IntroductionThis informal video introduces the instructor to the class.

 Week Overview This short video outlines the main components of the upcoming week for students.

 Weekly Announcement This video was shot outside showing these quick and informal videos can be made anywhere.

Screen Capture

These videos use computer applications to record what is on the instructor’s computer screen.

 Software Demonstration This video shows students how to use software using audio and video walking them through it.

 Hand Writing In conjunction with a digital writing tablet or mouse the instructor can make annotations on slides and virtual whiteboards.

 Course Tours These videos visually walk students through the course to show important areas such as learning materials, assignment submission areas, and where grades can be located.

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