When I think about creating an introductory video for an online course, I begin thinking about “why” I’m doing this in the first place. What purpose does the video serve.
In my case, I want the video to help create a connection between me and the others int he course. Okay, but what else? Well, I want that to be an authentic connection, or at least as authentic as possible. I want it to be more than a face attached to a name or a possible source of assistance. I want to let participants know that:
- I’m on my own learning journey with them
- I view them as facilitators of my learning
- I am willing to share freely with them and invite them to share freely with me
- I want to establish and maintain an open and sustained dialogue with them
This means I want to do something that is personal, informal, and empathetic. To the extent possible, I want to be real and personal.
When I diagram this activity as a Learning Environment Model (LEM), it looks something like this (DailyLEM#08).