Read on to find out if your recorded lectures are hindering or helping the learning process for your students.

Did you know that prolonged hours behind a screen can cause Zoom fatigue and eyestrain? Zoom fatigue, a new phenomenon, is exhaustion due to communication via virtual means. Eyestrain occurs when one focuses on a screen for extended periods of hours which can cause myopia, as it forces our eyes to continue an elongated growth, an event that typically ends in our teens. There has been an uptick in myopia since the pandemic that has both the American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology calling it a myopia epidemic. So how can we help our students?

  1. Create short lively and engaging 5 to 15 minutes videos with you in them. Research shows that most students lose focus and have difficulty staying engaged after 15 minutes and prefer videos where they can see the instructor. So don’t be camera shy!

    Create lively videos to engage students

  • Great Tech Tool to Try: Prezi Video – Prezi Vide will allow you to create engaging video presentations with existing PowerPoints or Prezi presentations with you right in the video. Click here to learn how to create a Prezi video and how to create a Prezi video using an existing PowerPoint.
  1. Split your Recorded Zoom – if you are recording a live zoom lecture, once the recording is finished, split your recording into mini-videos by topic, concept, or learning goal. Doing this allows the students to chunk information in more manageable and memorable pieces and it makes it easier for students to find specific content when it is time to review and study.
  2. Add Transitions, title slides with a break – Add transitions and title slides in your videos to create break opportunities
  1. Add movement slides and breaks – Embed visuals that tell students to take a break and what to do. See sample visual below:

Embed break visuals right into your presentations

Taking breaks is vital to the overall health of both you and your students. If you want to dig deeper into this topic and receive your own set of break visuals, join us for Faculty Focus Friday on April 1st at 12pm, for a lively discussion on the topic “Gimme a Tech Break”. To sign up register here.