New to using video in courses

Though I've worked with SL for a number of years, never had a client that wanted/needed to use video. So now I'm considering doing some pro-bono work for a non-profit, and I can see that video clips would be effective possibly in simulating role playing in these times where we can't physically be together. What should I be careful of, particularly in the area of bandwidth? Other ideas for role-play simulations? Your best thoughts on this please? Any help/ideas appreciated!

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Judy Nollet

Hi, Carrie,

As you've already surmised, bandwidth could be an issue.

  • If the intended audience doesn't have enough bandwidth, they'll be frustrated when taking the course and may not be able to complete it. 
  • Just playing audio while showing still images of the role-playing characters would require less bandwidth. 
  • In both of the above cases, you'll need to provide closed captions, which impacts the design. 

Other things to consider:

  • How much time you have to offer (writing scripts, getting them approved, and video production are time intensive)
  • The cost and time needed for planning, shooting, and editing the videos
  • How often the content may change (it's a lot more work to reshoot a video than to edit text)

If you look through the eLearning Challenges, I'm sure you'll find some wonderful examples of role-playing videos and role-playing scenarios that only use still images and text. 

Good luck!