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Lights! Camera! Action! Teach! A Handbook for Making Educational Videos

  • 1. GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • 1. GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • 2. UK Data Service, University of Manchester
  • 3. Social Sciences Data Archive, University of Ljubljana


This handbook is a modular resource that supports first-time educational video or podcast content creation. It reviews the practical considerations and resources required to develop, create and publish videos, from start to finish, using a variety of formats. To make specific content easy to find, each chapter deals with one part of the educational video creation process.

Chapter one explains why YouTube is an effective platform for content, raises practical questions to answer before you start a project, and reviews project management and time management skills. Chapter two provides guidance on organizing educational content by using storyboards and a script. Chapter three explains the importance of planning in the pre-production phase of the work. Creating a high-quality audio recording is the focus of chapter four. In chapter five, video recording advice and tips are provided. Editing audio and video together, as well as producing and uploading a video to YouTube, are covered in chapter six of this Handbook.

Webinars are the focus of chapter seven. The last two chapters review the technical requirements for various social media platforms and who uses them, and the two copyright licensing options offered by YouTube. The footnotes include links to online resources and training materials, and the appendices include examples and sample documents for readers to consult and use.


D4.1 Step-by-step guide for creating video.pdf

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