Faculty spend a lot of time crafting hour long lectures. The prospect of boiling them down to 60 seconds â€” or even five minutes â€” may seem daunting. David Penrose, a course designer for SunGard Higher Education who developed San Juan College’s microlectures, suggests that it can be done in five steps:
- List the key concepts you are trying to convey in the 60-minute lecture. That series of phrases will form the core of your microlecture.
- Write a 15 to 30-second introduction and conclusion. They will provide context for your key concepts.
- Record these three elements using a microphone and Web camera. If you want to produce an audio-only lecture, no Webcam is necessary. The finished product should be 60 seconds to three minutes long.
- Design an assignment to follow the lecture that will direct students to readings or activities that allow them to explore the key concepts. Combined with a written assignment, that should allow students to learn the material.
- Upload the video and assignment to your course-management software.
Here is a sample one-minute lecture: