A bridge or hook is an effective teaching approach to gain a learner’s attention and build motivation.

To do:

  1. Create a short video, that serves the bridge or hook purpose to welcome students to your course (think course trailer even), or your blog website, with one of the freely available tools highlighted in the Online learning toolkit.
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  2. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form. 


Review some of the examples and rationale described by Bonni Stachowiack in her Teaching in Higher Ed post on Video Course Trailers

Most of the trailers that I watched seemed to be geared toward attempting to persuade a potential student to take a particular course. Our department is such that getting students to enroll in my classes isn’t typically the problem. Instead, I would like to have a course trailer to get them excited about what they are going to learn, once they have registered for one of my classes.

For more examples of course trailers, see:

This activity is part of the Let’s Experiment section of the Experimenter Module.

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22 Responses for this Activity

  • Come In Come In – Introduction to A&P course.- SG
    by Sam Gennidakis (@SGennidakis)

    This is an introductory video I used with a new online anatomy and physiology course on flipgrid.  Students can also record an introduction for themselves and so it’s a wonderful way to introduce the course and get to know the students as well.   It works well with other LMS systems as well.

  • Video
    by Lisa Macdonald (@Lisa)

    Here is a video I created as a testimonial for other part-time  faculty to continue learning

  • Animation Video
    by Lucas Prestes (@Lucas Plautz Prestes)

    I developed this video on powtoon app, and  it represents a story applied in the Conflict Management course. The video was developt in 10 scenes and integrated into the final video. Initially I did with audio Portuguese and now i working with objective to include subtitles in spanish and English. This work is part of more… »

  • Video hook for a course on AI
    by Adam Langridge (@alangridge)

    This is a video introduction or hook for a course on AI I’m currently teaching. I don’t think I’ll win any awards for it, but it was fun to make and I learned a lot. I used ScreenPal; apparently it was Screencast-o-matic but changed names. I also used Youtube to host the video. I like more… »

  • Experimenter – Video
    by David Schenk (@dschenk)

    I have attached the Experimenter -Video in the attached pdf.  David Schenk

  • Come In, Come In
    by Heather Melo (@Heather)

    I enjoyed the opportunity to review the program/course trailers. I took the time to create a class intro to the concepts of recreation and leisure studies. I appreciated exploring the video use as a class opener! I am hoping that the use of class opening videos will enhance in-class discussion engagement.

  • Introduce yourself
    by Angèle Gaudette (@angnails)


  • Experimenter Activity – Videos – Come In Come In
    by Claudio Righetto (@crighetto)

    As I couldn’t access some of the tools from the activity resources kit, I ended up using Panopto (it has been a while since using Panopto as a video recorder). This activity helped me to consider to add more short videos as content, replacing some basic instructional text documents and/or just adding a new format more… »

  • Introduction to the course
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    I have taken screen shots from my introduction course due to file size restrictions.

  • Another Video (Mobile) using Canva – Victoria Workman
    by Victoria Workman (@Victoria Workman)

    I realized after I completed this section that one of the activities needed to be completed using a mobile device.  As such, I created a new video using the mobile Canva app.  This video is short “trailer” for the course, “Personal Stress Management”.  I enjoyed creating this video, although I find working on the small more… »

    4 Resources for this Activity

    • Course video trailers: Coming soon to a classroom near you (AGU GeoEdTrek)
      shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog@gmail.com)

      “Harvard University is doing it. So are Baylor, Berkeley, Boston and Brown Universities. Not long after the launch of YouTube, course trailers began making an appearance online. Some faculty are embracing the concept, taking advantage of the opportunity to promote their discipline and to encourage a broader audience of students to enroll in their courses.”

    • Creating a course trailer (TI Connections, University of Calgary)
      shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog@gmail.com)

      “No invitation is complete without a response and a course trailer is a great conversation starter. As students begin to situate themselves in the course, think about how you can extend the dialogue sparked by the trailer across the semester.”

    • Introduction Video for My Course
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      This is just a really short introduction video to be accompanied with some instruction to complete an online ice-breaking exercise.

    • Introduction Video for My Course
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      This is just a really short introduction video to be accompanied with some instruction to complete an online ice-breaking exercise.

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