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Introductory videos for subject sites

Establish your presence in the subject site and orient students to the subject

What to include in an introductory video:

  • Keep it short, about 3-4 minutes, and engaging ...and give it your personality
  • Establish your presence within the subject site by turning on your webcam and sharing your enthusiasm for the subject
  • Provide an overview of the subject content, how it aligns with outcomes and its practical applications in a professional context
  • Indicate the learning sequence, any early assessment and how to get started in the subject
  • Outline participation expectations and guide students to the Subject Outline for detailed information
  • Let students know your availability and communication preferences and where to go for support.

Introductory video exemplars

CEE thanks Professor Zoltán Sarnyai for providing permission to use his exemplary introductory video.

CEE thanks Frances Cochrane for providing permission to use her exemplary introductory video.

CEE thanks Mary O'Loughlin and Nathan Dawes for providing permission to use their introductory video.

You can point students to the Subject Outline for these:

  • Specific course times and meeting places
  • All the details of your contact information
  • University rules
  • Plagiarism and netiquette guidelines
  • Grading policies
  • Textbooks
  • Specific assignment list and important due dates.

⬜  Your video background (Screenshot of your JCU Subject Site or a relevant image for the subject.)

⬜  Your video script. Use Chat GTP to help you produce a video script.

Sample CHAT GTP prompt: "Generate a 3-minute script for an academic video addressing the following key points: [insert points that you would like to address here] Ensure the script is engaging, informative, and suitable for a 3-minute video presentation. Thank you!"

Your engaging introductory video should be 3-4 minutes long and should contain:

  • An overview of the subject content, how it aligns with outcomes and its practical applications in a professional context.

  • The learning sequence, and any early assessment.

  • Outline participation expectations and guide them to the Subject Outline for detailed information.

  • How to get started in the subject.

  • Let students know your availability and communication preferences.

  • Where to go for support.

⬜  Watch sample videos above,  from JCU educators, for inspiration.

  1. Use TEAMS, ZOOM or PANOPTO to record your presentation.
    1. TEAMS: Go to the calendar in TEAMS and select:
      1. Meet now (You can be the star of this production or include a colleague)
      2. Start Meeting
      3. Video Effects
      4. Choose a background image
      5. Apply
    2. ZOOM: Open ZOOM and select New Meeting or use the ZOOM Clips option
      1. In video options select Choose virtual background
      2. Select the + icon to add your subject image.
    3. PANOPTO:  Access Panopto from your Subject and create a video using Panopto Capture.
  2. Put a script on the screen directly adjacent to your camera.
  3. Hit record and let the magic happen.
  4. Upload your video file to Panopto.
  5. Edit in Panopto if necessary.
  6. Add the Introductory Video to the About this subject folder, as described in the Subject Site Setup guide.

Watch a workshop recording presented by the ADD team - Introductory Video Production

  • BBC Academy created this video for journalism students, it is very informative about how to create a short video on your mobile phone.
  • Panopto guides - Lecture capture and media management, create, edit, manage and publish your media.
  • Blackboard Help - Best Practice: Create a Course Introduction Video.
  • Article - Use a lapel mic with your smartphone.
  • Recommended Rode mic for recording at your desktop.
  • Navitas - Sample videos made by teachers for their students.

Videos can be recorded at your desk, onsite, or in the Create Studio or Learning Glass rooms (available at the Townsville and Cairns campuses).

More video examples

Example 1 - Calm and collected

Filmed in the Create Studio the speaker has prepared a script and relayed the information carefully and thoughtfully.


Example 2 - Quirky and funny

Filmed by a webcam, the speaker makes himself relatable to his students and commands attention at the very beginning of the video.


Example 3 - Reserved and thoughtful

Filmed outside and at close range, you engage with the speaker's eye contact and you get a sense that he is having a conversation with you.


Writing a prompt

This resource offers suggested generative AI tools (such as ChatGPT) prompts for the production of a script for a welcome video.

The Prompt:

Write a three-minute script for a welcome video for the subject [insert subject title]. The presentation should be suitable for an academic audience, engaging, and include the following information:

  • My background and qualifications
    Name, teaching or practice background, and qualifications

  • An overview of the subject
    Insert subject description from the subject handbook

  • Practical application of the subject
    Detail how this subject relates to the real world

  • Participation expectations
    Students will need to complete assigned readings prior to attending tutorials, etc.

  • The learning sequence and information about the first assessment item
    The unit is divided into 3 modules X, Y, and Z, and the first assessment item will be ABC

  • How to get started
    Your first task in this subject is to...

  • Where to go for detailed information about the subject
    The subject outline, my timetable, the About This Subject folder in LearnJCU, general discussion board

  • My availability and communication preferences
    My best contact point is via the general discussion board within the subject site

  • Where else to go for support
    Student support services can be found and accessed through the Student Support page on the JCU website

Sample ChatGPT Response:

Hello and welcome, everyone! I'm Dr. Chris Zehntner, and I am thrilled to be your guide on this exciting journey into the world of the sociology of sport. With over 16 years of experience as a researcher, lecturer, and successful sport coach, I am passionate about exploring the intricate web of social dynamics within the realm of sports.

In this course, we will be delving into the sociology of sport, examining it from various perspectives, including gender, sexuality, race, violence, commodification, deviance, nationalism, globalisation, and the mass media.

Why is this subject important? Well, by completing it, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the power structures that impact participants, coaches, and administrators in the world of sports. It's not just about the game; it's about the social forces at play.

Now, let's talk about how we'll approach learning in this subject. We'll be using a flipped classroom approach, where you'll have assigned readings or media to review before attending live tutorials. This active engagement will enhance your understanding and enrich our discussions.

Our learning journey begins with the exploration of how gender impacts participation and progression in sports, intersecting with the powerful influence of the media. The first assessment task will be a reflective piece on your experiences with gender relations in sports.

To get started, I recommend reviewing all assessment tasks, confirming tutorial attendance in the My Timetable application, and diving into Module One. Engage with the content, challenge your perspectives, and contribute to our discussions.

For detailed information about the subject, refer to the Subject Outline, My Timetable, and the About This Subject folder in LearnJCU. Any general queries or discussions can be posted on the General Discussion Board within the subject site.

If you need to reach me, the best contact point is via the General Discussion Board. And remember, for additional support, Student Support Services can be accessed through the Student Support page on the JCU website.

I look forward to exploring the fascinating intersection of sociology and sport with each and every one of you. Let's make this academic journey memorable and enriching. Welcome to the sociology of sport!

[Screen fades to black, ending the welcome video.]