Facing Instructional Videos

How important is it for instructors to include their own faces when creating instructional videos? The answer might surprise you. Dann Hurlbert, Carleton College’s Media & Design Guru (and an actor, director, and inventor of the Little Prompter) leans on research and his own expertise to offer guidance.

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Dann Hurlbert

Media & Design Specialist at Carleton College
Dann Hurlbert is Carleton College's Media & Design Specialist, and he works directly with faculty to develop effective instructional videos and to evaluate associated learning and video effectiveness. Dann also supervises 30 students and manages Carleton's campus Event Video Production. Prior to Carleton, Dann spent 15 years teaching video production and theatre and worked as a professional actor and director — appearing in 50+ television commercials and nearly that many stage productions. His MFA thesis included producing an instructional video entitled How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical, which is currently being distributed through Films Media Group. He’s got a certificate in online teaching through UW Stout and has loads of experience as both a face-to-face and online instructor. He also designed and manufactured the Little Prompter, a personal teleprompter that helps educators easily create and flawlessly delivery their own video content. The LP2 is now available on Amazon and littleprompter.com You'll often hear Dann advocate for the use of video . . . but only when it's both engaging and developed with assessment in mind.

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