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.
  1. Include a link to your activity as your response for this activity.
  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. 

Examples:

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.

Example for "Come In, Come In!":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Aoyo4mp1k

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14 Responses for this Activity

  • 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… »

  • Trailer for Organizational Behaviour
    by Victoria Workman (@Victoria Workman)

    For this entry, I chose to ATTEMPT a video recording of an introduction to a course I have taught called Organziational Behaviour.  Before taking this course, many students have told me they don’t know what it is, don’t know what they are going to learn and are generally confused about the field of OB and more… »

  • Course Welcome Video
    by Joe Varrasso (@JV)

    I created this welcome video for my course since our CTL group has been encouraging us to do this for some time and I think it is a good idea as well.  I wanted to demonstrate to students one of the games they will be developing to get them excited about the course in addition more… »

  • Come In, Come In!
    by Ivan Chow (@chowivan)

    I taught an Introductory Linguistics course last year. It was the first time the course was delivered entirely online. As such, I created a welcome video to help maintain a social presence as the instructor. Additionally, I used the screen capture feature to walk students through the course website, show them where to look for more… »

  • Come In, Come In!
    by Ivan Chow (@chowivan)

    I taught an Introductory Linguistics course last year. It was the first time the course was delivered entirely online. As such, I created a welcome video to help maintain a social presence as the instructor. Additionally, I used the screen capture feature to walk students through the course website, show them where to look for more… »

  • Introductory Video
    by Karen Burns (@karen.burns)

    This is just a short video to welcome students to the course.  This was way outside my comfort zone which is why I chose to do it.  Hopefully, as I continue to use this technology, I will become more confident  and be able to be more creative.

  • Getting animated to grab attention
    by Julie White (@JulieSLC)

    I’ve just started playing with Voki – an interesting tool to record videos. The first will be one that I post on our program Facebook page. I know the character doesn’t necessarily look much like me – it’s missing the cheater glasses and they didn’t have faces that were quite round enough – and when more… »

  • Introduction to ECE Online Placement Screencast Video
    by Jennifer Shelswell (@Jennifer.Shelswell)

    I designed an introductory PowerPoint for my first year ECE students. This PowerPoint discussed what they would expect in their online placement. Using Screencast-O-Matic, I was able to record a video for the students to watch. I find this application very easy to use, and I have also used it in the past for asynchronous more… »

  • Winter 2021
    by Denise Nielsen (@Denise Nielsen)

    In the past I have made fun “trailers” and infographics for courses, and it’s always a creative and engaging process for me. This winter however, a lag in engagement during the fall pandemic semester made me think my first year students needed something more personal, something more relatable. I decided to invite them into my more… »

    4 Resources for this Activity

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

      “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)

      “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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