Are you nervous about recording yourself on camera? Then this video has some tips for you!

The increase in online teaching may have triggered concerns around recording yourself and how you come across on camera, especially as you can’t see your audience.  Here we continue the release of videos in the series created for Macquarie teaching staff to provide practical strategies for improving online recordings. This week’s video provides tips on dealing with on camera nerves. 

The sudden changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to go online whether we were ready or not. This new way of teaching has put many of us unexpectedly in front of the camera with the spotlight shining brightly and the audio recorder on PLAY. The teacher is now a performer too! 

Read more about the video series ‘Discover your Online Presence’ and ‘Discover your Voice’ and how they were created in response to student feedback wanting to ‘see lectures with the camera on the lecturer not just the slides and audio.’

Watch now…  

Episode 3: Practical tips for developing your confidence on camera.

The video runs for approximately 5-6 minutes. 

In case you missed it

If you missed Episodes 1 and 2 of the Discover your Online Presence module, you can find them here: 

Practical tips for presenting on camera – STANDING

Episode 1: Improve your online physical presence – be inviting, non-intimidating and yet authoritative and confident. 

Practical tips for presenting on camera – SITTING

Episode 3: Overcome the difficulties in generating an energetic delivery of a lesson while seated at your laptop with these practical tips for engaging your audience in live tutorial ZOOM sessions. 

Still to come in the series… 

Look out for the next module, called ‘Discover your voice’, scheduled for release 25th September. In Episode 1 of Discover your Voice you will learn vocal and breathing exercises to warm up your voice so you can record effective online teaching materials and ensure that you don’t damage your most important instrument! 

Do your students create video presentations for assessment?

These videos are available for students too! You could embed the video links in your iLearn unit as a resource for students. For instructions on how to do this, please refer to the iLearn Quick Guides on Embedding Video or linking YouTube Videos.

About the presenter, Koo Abuali

Koo Abuali founded FireWire Music in 2006 and has built an accomplished career as a Music Supervisor, Consultant, Public Speaker and Voice Coach.  In 1999 she was granted a US Green Card for “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and went on to live and work in New York and Los Angeles in the News and Entertainment industry, before returning to Sydney in 2018 to commence her Juris Doctor at Macquarie University. Koo is also a highly sought after speaker/panelist and has been invited to conferences around the world including Midem (Cannes, France), CMJ (NY, USA) SXSW (Austin, USA), Nashville Film Festival (Nashville, USA), Synch Summit (LA, USA), NXNE (Toronto, Canada), Montreal Film Festival (Montreal, Canada), FUSE (Adelaide, Aust), Big Sound (Qld) to speak on music and how to develop effective presentation and negotiating skills. 

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