A bridge or hook is an effective teaching approach to gain a learner’s attention and build motivation.
For this activity you will create a video that serves as a bridge or hook of interest to welcome students to your course. You will want to do something more creative than a talking head in front of bookshelves! 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:
- Carleton University Course Trailers
- Harvard University Undergraduate Course Trailers
- Michigan State University Zombie course trailer
- Digital Media Cookbook on Course Trailers
You can easily film a video on your smart phone and upload to YouTube. A screen recording tool such as Screencast-O-Matic or Loom might work well to introduce an online course. Explore also one of the tools highlighted in the Online lecture toolkit (noting that H5P has a component that can make videos interactive) as well as video tools in Extend toolkit.
Experiment with making your own course welcome video and share it as part of your response to this activity,
Example for "Come In, Come In!":