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University of Edinburgh

How to Create Video for Online Courses

University of Edinburgh via FutureLearn


Learn how to create effective and engaging educational media

Increasingly, as education pivots online, educators are looking to filmmaking as a way of creating new and exciting content.

On this two-week course from the University of Edinburgh, you’ll learn how to turn your mobile phone into a full-featured video production suite to create effective and engaging online course videos and media.

Develop the skills to script, storyboard, and film your videos

To create engaging videos that complement your online learning materials while also making the best use of time, equipment, and cost, you need to plan your content and filming schedule effectively.

You’ll start this course by looking at the pre-production process, including writing a script and creating a storyboard. Through these steps, you can make sure that you’re using the right shots while addressing your aims and refining your message.

Then, you’ll move on to production, learning how to set up your equipment and capture different shot types through a range of practical activities.

Dive into post-production to prepare and edit your footage

During the second week of this course, you’ll explore the post-production process, from preparing your footage to basic editing techniques. Using free editing software that’s readily available, you’ll gain practical tips to get the most from your post-production.

Making online learning materials accessible is actually a legal requirement, and best practice for offering education opportunities to as broad a range of learning needs as possible.

This course will guide you through the importance of captions and transcripts, as well as how to use and correctly attribute third-party content and open educational resources.

This course is designed for anyone interested in developing online educational media or just looking to improve their film production skills for online content creation.

It will be especially useful for learning technologists or those planning to teach online. It may be helpful for digital marketers and content creators looking to create short instructional-like videos.


  • Pre-production
    • Course overview
    • Pre-production
  • Production and Post-production
    • Production
    • Post-production

Taught by

Andrés Ordorica


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  • A compact course that explores video-making from lighting, sound, and framing to editing, copyright, and accessibility. Learners are encouraged to create a video and share it for comments from peers.

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