Monday, January 30, 2012

Uneditted Videos

I have been struggling for some time now about creating and posting videos for my students and classes, because I am a perfectionist.  If I'm going to post something, I want it to be done well. When creating a video, I have yet to record myself perfectly. I constantly will make mistakes, say things twice, repeat myself, or say things twice constantly. Even if I don't make a mistake, my speech is so littered with "um" and "so" that it's embarrassing counting how many times I eliminate those.

Typically, when I create a video, it takes me 3-4 times the length of the video to edit it and do what I would consider a "great" job. For day-to-day lessons, that has proven to be unfeasible.

On the trip home today I listened to live radio and was reminded that the real world has a lot of mistakes, but that doesn't stop them.  So I decided that I would start publishing more videos -- but in a raw, uneditted format.  I will still produce high quality videos, especially for my physics class which is "flipped" and depends highly on video lectures for input, but I don't feel I need to do as high quality a job with my algebra videos, which aren't as highly viewed.

The same thinking, by the way, is the reason I don't blog very often -- maybe once a week.  I feel like I need my entries to be deep, rich, well written entries -- but they really don't.  After my Master's project is finished, I'll try to express more thoughts in rougher un-editted form.  Be ye warned....

1 comment:

  1. I feel like the way you talk, that real part of you, NOT being perfect is what makes it more personal. I would still want you to be you. Otherwise it might seem weird to talk to you in person in the classroom, and then see a "different" person in the videos. Teaching isn't just the transfer of info, it's about the relationship. (I am preaching to the choir here , I know you know that) I feel like that's part of it.


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