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 a script – Many instructors believe writing a script will diminish the authenticity of the message and make it come across as stiff and rigid. The fact is that scripts can and should be conversational. A well-written script has the power to captivate students and provide them with key insights into your professional and personal interests. You do not need to memorize your script. We will project it onto our teleprompter.

Meet the Instructor Script Outline

Please use the following outline when developing your script 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


Example

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Preparation & Logistics

  • Wardrobe – You can dress as formally or informally as you like. Generally, instructors dress as they would in the classroom. We recommend staying away from clothing with fine patterns or thin lines as this can cause weird edge artifacts on the video. We also ask that you avoid wearing beige and light brown shirts as they appear duller on video than they are in person.
  • Practice and review – It is highly recommended that you review your script and practice reading it out loud. This not only gives you practice delivering the material, but it will also give you a chance to discover any areas where something is worded in a way that is different than how you naturally speak.
  • Location – Your video can be recorded in Madison at our media studio, or we can travel to you. Typically we film on campus, but we are also able to film at other locations. When selecting a space to record, keep the following in mind:
    • Noise – The space needs to be quiet and unlikely to be disturbed by noise so we can get high-quality audio and keep the shoot going smoothly.
    • Light – A well-lit space is important because we need to be able to see you clearly.
    • Backdrop – Ideally, we would record in a space that provides a visually interesting backdrop. These can often be found in common areas and meeting spaces. Interesting topical areas such as labs, libraries, and other functional spaces work well too.
    • Schedule – Talk with your media specialist to select a date and time that both works well for you, and also fits into the Media Team’s production schedule. Also, be sure to get a shoot date on the calendar early. The earlier you set a date, the more options you will have!


Published on September 13, 2019 at 12:04:10 pm CDT. Last modified on October 24, 2019 at 1:39:02 pm CDT.