The “Perfect” Instructional Video Series

A couple years ago, I created a research-based series for educators on how to write, produce, and assess instructional videos as effectively as possible. The entire series continues to aid educators and is available on the Carleton College ITS website. That page also includes my Instructional Video Tips Sheet, a Course trailer Guide and Template, and Guided Questions my Perfect Instructional Video Series! Here’s what the series covers:

  • Production Quality*
  • Duration*
  • Illustrating with Sound
  • Signaling Strategies
  • Active Learning with a Passive Medium
  • The Personalization Principle*
  • Assess, Don’t Assume

* indicates my favorites!

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Dann is an educator, Media & Design Guru, Author, and Public Speaker. He currently serves as Media and Design Specialist at an impressive little Midwestern College where he works directly with faculty to develop effective instructional videos. He has an MFA in Digital Cinema from California's National University, a BSED in English and Theatre Education from the University of South Dakota, and a certificate in Online Education from UW Stout. He was founder and principle owner of Little Prompter, LLC, a teleprompter design and manufacturing company until he sold the company in 2020. Prior to joining Carleton's staff, he taught communication, theatre, and video production for approximately 15 years while working as a professional actor and director--appearing in over forty national and regional commercials and directing and editing dozens of videos and musicals. Dann’s MFA thesis project involved writing and directing an original, full-length musical, filming the entire development and production process, and editing it into an educational DVD entitled How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical. His DVD is currently being distributed by Films Media Group.

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