Meet the Instructor Video Message

The Meet the Instructor message is one of the most effective ways for instructors to connect with their students on a personal level and to build a sense of community. Instructors are able to inject personal anecdotes about their experiences in the field, highlighting their passion for a particular subject. They can also include information about their family, hobbies, and teaching philosophies. Ultimately, Meet the Instructor messages help set a student’s mind at ease, allowing them to see their instructor as a real person that they will be communicating with throughout the course.

Key Priorities

  1. Tell a story – Storytelling is a powerful mechanism to help instructors build a connection with students. Whether the goal is to educate, persuade, or encourage action, telling stories is an effective way to improve student engagement in a course.
  2. Make it evergreen – Creating an evergreen message entails removing any references to course specifics (e.g., lesson numbers, unit titles, book information, etc.).
  3. Make it concise – The Meet the Instructor message should be succinct. This is especially true for Meet the Instructor messages delivered via video. A one page, double-spaced document provides enough details to effectively communicate your message and draw in your audience.
  4. Write an outline – An outline ensures that you don’t miss any of your talking points and will free you to focus more energy on your delivery.

Meet the Instructor Video Outline

Please use the following outline when developing your content as it will help bring storytelling into your video. All main points except for the fourth are required, but you do not need to cover each subpoint. Pick subpoints that you connect with the most and that you think students will connect with when you share.

  • 1. Welcome and introductory statement
    • Greeting
    • Your name
  • 2. Education and Professional background
    • What are your degrees and credentials?
    • How and why did you get into your field?
    • What excites you the most about the future of your field?
    • What research project(s) are you most proud of?
    • What are some of your career highlights?
    • Have you worked in the private sector? If yes, in what capacity?
  • 3. Experience and background as an educator
    • How and why did you get into teaching?
    • How do you motivate and/or inspire students?
    • What excites you the most about the future of your field?
    • What do you enjoy most about teaching?
  • 4. Personal biographical information (Optional)
    • What hobbies are you most passionate about?
    • What is your cultural background?
    • How do you engage with your community?
    • Would you like to share any information about your family?
    • What are some of your favorite family activities?
  • 5. Closing
    • Encourage students to communicate with your preferred method.
    • Encouragement and wishing good luck
    • Thanks and goodbye


*Note – This example was filmed our studio. Due to the COVID-19 panedmic this is currently not an option. However, we have resources and processes in place to assist you recording your own videos!

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Published on September 13, 2019 at 12:04:10 pm CDT. Last modified on March 11, 2021 at 9:57:21 am CST.