Going the Distance with Video

Video is an essential component of an online educator’s toolkit. It can be used to bring the warmth of your human presence to your students, support students’ different learning rhythms, diversify how students express their knowledge, spark engagement and interaction, and construct your digital brand.

Join CVC/@ONE and your California Community College peers this spring for this free webinar series that will introduce you to video tools and demonstrate how they are being used to support equitable teaching and learning at a distance across the state.

Grab Students’ Attention with Social Videos

DATE: Thursday, January 26, 2023, 1:00-2:00 pm PT
Presenter: Carolyn Brown, Digital Arts Faculty, Foothill College

In the mobile era, video production does not require access to a fancy recording studio. If you have a smartphone, you’re on your way. In this session, Carolyn Brown will introduce you to social media tools that you can use to break down the instructor-to-student hierarchy and spark engagement with your students online. 

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Identify simple video tools to use in your teaching, 
  2. Describe the uses and benefits of short spontaneous videos


Your Own Personal Recording Studio: Using the Studio Tool in Canvas

DATE: Monday, February 6, 2023 3:00-4:30 PM PT


Cynthia Brannvall, Art Instructor, Foothill College
Nicole Gray, Math Instructor, Foothill College
Rosa Nguyen, Chemistry Instructor, Foothill College
Lené Whitley-Putz, Dean, Online Learning, Foothill College


From Art History to STEM, video is an important way to connect to your students and provide humanized instruction. Studio is the video tool embedded within Canvas* that allows you to record, edit, annotate, and caption a video all within Canvas. More importantly, your students have access to Studio, too! And you can engage them with embedded questions, discussion prompts and opportunities for collaboration. Come hear how faculty from across our campus are using Studio to support their in-person, hybrid, and online courses.

*Check your local instance of Canvas to determine if Studio is enabled.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Use Studio to record and host short instructional video
  2. Use Studio to record feedback for student work
  3. Edit, annotate, and caption video
  4. Embed questions in Studio videos
  5. Embed Studio videos in a Canvas page




Digital Storytelling to Center Student Voices

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 3:00 - 4:15 PM

Maritez Apigo, DE Coordinator, OER Coordinator, and English Professor, Contra Costa College

Denise Maduli-Williams, English/ESOL Professor, San Diego Miramar College

Student-created videos are an essential element of the online learning experience that invites students to tell their stories, build community, and deepen connections with each other. Digital storytelling is an equity-minded, asset-based, humanizing practice that centers student voices. The presenters, Maritez and Denise, will introduce you to asynchronous technology tools and share their example assignments and student videos.

By the end of this session you will:

  1. Analyze the significance of digital storytelling as an equity-minded, humanizing practice. 
  2. Identify technology tools to create your own digital storytelling assignments.




Leveraging Video for Instruction and Assessment in Math

DATE: Friday, March 17, 2023, 2:00-3:00 PM PT

Juan U Bernal, Math Faculty, San Diego Mesa College

Kelly Spoon, Math Faculty, San Diego Mesa College

In this session, Professor Juan U Bernal and Professor Kelly Spoon will be showing how they use video in their asynchronous math courses. This includes embedding of lecture videos, video projects, video assessments, and more. Juan will focus on an asynchronous Statistics course and Kelly will focus on a Precalculus and Calculus course.


By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  1. Create and embed humanized microlectures to support your students
  2. Assess student understanding using video assignments
  3. Write clear instructions and rubrics for video assessment




Brand Identity: How to Be The Brand Students Remember

DATE: Thursday, March 23, 2023, 8:30 - 10:00am PT

LaTonya Washington, Social Media Marketing Faculty, Mt. San Jacinto College

Are you an educator who values creativity in teaching, networking within your field, and empowering students through effective communication? Then this session is for you!  LaTonya Washington will demystify what personal branding is, how it can work for you, and provide techniques and resources to support your goals. 

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate your personal advantage points/value proposition
  2. Sharpen your art of storytelling
  3. Enhance content creation through video



Spark Curiosity and Build Learner Autonomy with Interactive Video

DATE: Friday, April 21, 2023, 11:00am-12:00pm PT

Julie Gamberg, English/humanities Faculty, Glendale College

Research supports the importance of student autonomy and intrinsic motivation to deep and transferable learning. Although many of us post videos in our online courses, we may be missing a valuable opportunity to engage students’ sense of wonder, curiosity, and autonomy through interactive video with an emphasis on ungraded interactions. In this session, I will show you how to take videos that are already in your courses such as instructor-created videos or OER content/videos you find on YouTube (Ted Talks, etc.), and add interactive elements, such as “Easter Egg” surprises, ungraded optional pop-ups, and inquiry-based pauses to increase learner engagement and spark inquiry. We will use PlayPosit, a tool embedded in Canvas that all California community college (CCC) faculty have access to via a grant from CCC TechConnect. We will end the session with a goody bag from PlayPosit instructional designer Brady Venables, of easy-to-use step-by-step demonstrations to implement these ideas! All of the recommendations are available free of cost to CCC faculty.


By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of asynchronous learning and content-design related to student agency, inquiry, and sense of curiosity and wonder to interactive video learning objects.
  2. Apply equitable grading assessment research to the creation of ungraded interactive video interactions.
  3. Utilize supplied PlayPosit interactive video models and technical knowledge of the PlayPosit interactive video platform to create an interactive video.



Finding Balance in the Force: A Jedi’s Guide to Humanizing Academia for Padawans (A Jedi student)

DATE:This webinar has been cancelled

Jedi Gabriel Rivas Gomez, English Instructor, Glendale Community College, The Jedi Order

Jedi Fabiola Torres, Ethnic Studies Instructor, Glendale Community College, The Rebel Alliance

Even though a Jedi (the teacher) is one with The Force and an advocate for justice, a Jedi aims to leverage the power of the Padawans (the student).  In honor of Star Wars Day, we will share video creation tools to showcase the balance of humanizing online teaching and humanizing student learning (teacher and student) with a Star Wars twist. Humanize, you will [insert Yoda’s voice].


By the end of this session you will:

  1. Use tools like Adobe Express, Doodly, Clips and Pronto to communicate with students and create an online learning environment that is engaging and empathy driven. 
  2. Identify the value of student ownership of knowledge. 
  3. Integrate student humanized work in your course design.