Video How To

Now that you are ready to put together a student video for your campus, what do you need?  Here are some video tips, ideas for reaching out to campus resources, ideas for recruiting students, and release forms that will help you on your production.

Video format and tips for capturing quality videos

  • Reedley College’s video with tips for making great videos may be helpful
  • Ideas for video locations: set-up in the library next to textbook reserves, have students film themselves in their own environment, utilize college logos and other branding as a background
  • Make sure you have the right permissions: college video releases, public info office
  • Videos do not have to be studio quality, but sound and lighting are important
  • Brand it with logos and school colors

Reaching out to campus resources + recruitment ideas

  • Outreach to stakeholders on your campus: OER/Textbook Affordability Committee, OER/ZTC Committee 
  • Recruit your multimedia/film department, TV studio, journalism department, students to help with video creating and editing
  • Reach out to faculty using OER to recruit students with a story to tell about their experience
  • Reach out to associated students/student government/student senate, faculty, faculty teaching ZTC, ask specific students-make it personal
  • Reach to student clubs; Social Justice student club (textbooks as equity issue).
  • Be persistent and creative
  • Incentivize students (extra credit, gift cards)

Video and image release forms

Question bank for student interviews

  • What did you do with the money you saved on textbooks?
  • How does the cost of textbooks impact your life and learning?
  • What do you think of the materials in your OER course? Are they easy or difficult to access? 
  • If all textbooks were free, what would you do with the extra money? 
  • How did you find out that there are no textbook costs for this class? Were you surprised?
  • How much did you spend on textbooks? /What effects do these costs have on your finances? What if you could choose to take an OER course?
  • Is there something you want to share with us about your experiences with the material or in this class?
  • What benefits did you experience in taking the OER/Z course? 
  • If you can offer fellow peers [students] one piece of advice regarding OER, what would that be? 
  • What would you tell instructors that are not using OER?
  • Is there anything you would like to say to your instructor who is using OER?