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This is a resource for faculty to use when preparing media for delivery in their courses.  Following this checklist with help to ensure that both your found and self-created media are of the highest quality and accessibility for your students. Should you have any questions or need assistance about the steps outlined below, please contact or request a 1:1 consultation with an Instructional Technologist or Multimedia Developer.

Existing/Found Media

  • Gather your found and existing media

    • YouTube and other web video
    • Textbook publisher video
    • Audio recordings
    • Personal or department owned DVDs. You will need to coordinate with the Media Librarian to donate your privately-owned media to the RIT Library collection make it available for streaming.
    • RIT library owned media. Please note, just because a DVD is part of RIT's library collection doesn't necessarily mean it is already available for streaming.
  • Review your found media to determine captioning and streaming requirements

    • Does media already have captions?
    • Are captions accurate? (be aware that YouTube auto-generated captions are not sufficient)
    • Is your media already hosted on RIT's streaming server, your personal YouTube channel, or other streaming service?
  • Submit found and existing media for captioning and streaming

    • TLS Media Request Form
    • To ensure media is available to your students online, request streaming for any personal/department or library owned DVD at least two weeks in advance.

Self-Created Media

  • Create a list of media that you intend to self-create

    • Course Intro / Welcome Messages
    • Weekly Intros / Summaries
    • Micro Lectures / Presentations
    • Whiteboard Problems / Annotated Documents
    • Labs / Demos / Interviews
  • Decide on the production style(s) that fit your content

    • Talking Head
    • Voice Over Slides
    • Digital Whiteboard
    • Demo/Lab
    • Interview
  • Review the researched-based best practices for creating course media

    • Segment media into 4-6 minute length videos
    • Provide students with an outline of topics covered
    • Give it a personal feel (use a conversational tone, show enthusiasm, have natural pacing)
    • Keep it visually simple with only essential images
    • Use on-screen text sparingly and to reinforce key points (terms, formulas, processes)
    • Use visual cues/annotations to direct the viewer
    • Place corresponding text and graphics close to one another on the screen
    • Present corresponding narration and graphics simultaneously
    • Pair your media with related course activities
  • Script/outline/storyboard your media

    • Find and select your visuals
    • Align script with visuals into a storyboard
    • Rehearse and determine timing
  • Record

  • Edit

  • Upload to the Streaming Server

  • Request captioning (or self caption)

  • Share with your students

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