Knowledge clips

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A knowledge clip is a short video (e.g. 3 to 5 minutes) in which a teacher explains succinctly one specific topic, concept or basic principle. These short video lectures are often used to refresh the knowledge of a particular group of students, to give additional explanations on difficult subjects, for visual instructions (eg. lab operations or software manuals), ... In short, an ideal way to foster deeper learning!

How do I record knowledge clips?

You can always do it yourself with a digital camera, tripod, microphone and video editing software. ICTO also offers support with a range of multimedia material you can borrow.

objective possible solutions
Recording in a professional studio without audiance
Recording in an auditorium, lecture room, lab, at home, ...
Recording of your screen (so-called "screencasts")

Basically you only need a PC/laptop, a webcam (unless you prefer not to figure on screen), a good microphone and screen recording software such as Camtasia Studio, ActivePresenter, ... or even Powerpoint.

Some alternative solutions depending on your budget, available hardware/software, need to add annotations to your video, ... are:

  • a tablet (e.g. iOS - Android - Windows) + an interactive whiteboard app (e.g. Explain Everything, Knowmia Teach, ...)
  • an interactive pen display (e.g. a Smart Podium device with Smart Notebook software, a Wacom device with the Open Sankoré software, ...)
  • a digital pen + Wacom Intuos + interactive whiteboard software
  • a smartpen (e.g. Livescribe smartpen)
  • a document camera (e.g. Ladibug) + pen + paper

More alternatives on

Production Export your videos preferably in mp4 file format (codec H.264 MPEG-4 for video & codec AAC for audio). In Camtasia, we suggest to use the export settings 720P HD, 16:9 and mp4 only.


Educational tips

  • Using video in education
  • REC:all (REC:all is transnational learning technology project supported by the European Commission under the Life Long Learning Programme, it aims to explore new ways in which lecture capture can become more pedagogically valuable and engaging, and is investigating a variety of learning design, technical and legal issues)