Optimizing the LiveEdu Project Creation Process

 This step by step guide and video will help you create a high-quality LiveEdu project in less time.

STEP 1: SIGN UP 

If you’re new to LiveEdu, the first thing you do is sign up for a free LiveEdu.tv account. The video below is a concise version of the next steps.

STEP 2: DEVELOP A PLAN: 

  1. Select a topic that will be of interest and importance to your audience. Know the purpose of your project, what you want to teach and who would your subscribers will be. Take a look at an example of a project description and the curriculum here and a list of topics that have been requested by LiveEdu viewers you can use when coming up with a project idea/topic hereNOTE: THESE ARE TUTORIAL PROJECTS. YOU NEED TO ONLY BUILD A WORKING PRODUCT WITH THE KEY FEATURES.
  2. Determine the structure of the curriculum.  You should use this template for the project description.  Ensure to number the steps in the order they need to be accomplished. Write out the steps and what the learning objectives (LO’s) are for each step. In an LO you want to write what the subscriber will be able to do after watching a particular step and what they are using. What program or language will they use? Example: During this lesson, you will be able to set up the Blender program to begin building 3D game projects.” Here is a guide on how to design an instructional plan.
  3. Click “CREATE PROJECT” in the top right corner of the sitecreate project
  4. Complete the form. The title of your project should start with one of these phrases or something similar: “How to create…”, “How to Build…”, “Best practices for building,” “Best practices for creating.” Use the plan you created to fill the form out and submit.

STEP 3: ONCE THE PROJECT PLAN IS APPROVED:

  1. Record a 2 – 3-minute project introduction video. We recommend using OBS. Check out how to use the platform here. Following this script. Be friendly. Tell your students about yourself and your experience. Show an outline of your project that your viewers can read while you’re speaking. Be enthusiastic and confident when you talk! You can also record yourself speaking if you have a webcam. Watch Project Intro Video: Unity Multiplayer Space Game to see a good example. DO NOT record a black background.
  2. Send the link to your intro video to your project manager for approval. You can place a link in the LiveEdu Project Creators slack group and ask for feedback.
  3. Optional: if you aren’t proficient at making video tutorials start by recording a few 3 – 5-minute trial segments. This is mostly for newbies beginning their first project. Send the trial segments to your project manager for suggestions on improvement

STEP 4: ONCE YOU ARE GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD PREP YOUR VIDEO SESSIONS.

  1. Script and storyboard. Sure, you might have a good idea of what is going to happen in your head, but if you go straight to recording your video without any prep work, it will become clear that you’re not as organized as you thought. It’s important to get those words, visuals, and scenes out of your mind and onto paper in the form of a script and storyboard. The script is what you will say for each part of your lesson/session. The storyboard is the visuals of what the subscriber will see on screen. Here’s a guide to developing a storyboard.
  2. Add in what questions you can ask the learners. How can you make this fun and interactive? Think if you had to go through this session would it keep your own interest? If not, then it will probably not capture the interest of your subscribers. Read more here about how to have engaged subscribers.
  3. Are there places you can highlight where problems might be encountered? Can you show this on screen and get their attention? What can be demonstrated? What kind of feedback or guidance can you give?

STEP 5: RECORD THE FIRST SESSION.

This is where you are mostly preparing and organizing your project workspace environment and this should be done first. Use the checklist posted here as your guideline, then post the following videos of the project using your plan.

STEP 6: SEND A LINK TO YOUR FIRST COMPLETE SESSION TO YOUR PROJECT MANAGER.

Upload and moderation of your video’s take time, so it’s better to send your first video as soon as it is finished to speed up the process.

STEP 7: ZIP YOUR FILES AND UPLOAD TO YOUR PROJECT SPACE.

Do not use .RAR format as not everyone can open it. Ensure you provide a 1 page Readme document that goes over the project resources and file structure that you upload to help learners with the resources provided.

STEP 8: FOR LIVE-STREAMS:

  1. Prep your material and test your equipment before the start time so you can resolve any problems.
  2. Resolve internet issues beforehand.
  3. Organize your curriculum, script, storyboard and anything else that might help you.
  4. Give the purpose within the intro. Let them know upfront what they are about to receive. Get them excited! Perhaps a route map of what they are about to accomplish.
  5. Make sure it’s interactive! People want to get involved. Give questions and feedback. Demonstrate how to overcome pain points or difficult areas. Highlight what you’re talking about. Keep a decent pace so that you don’t lose people with what you’re doing.
  6. Vocal delivery– Give authentic enthusiasm! Be proud and confident in what your teaching!
  7. Create a schedule and stick to it to avoid a penalty. Schedule a Q&A session for each live stream. Don’t do the Q&A directly after the stream, but, instead, present the Q&A as a separate stream session scheduled ahead of time. Q&As are optional for pre-recorded videos. If you do a mix of live streams and pre-recorded videos, be sure to do a separate Q&A for each live stream. If you have to change your schedule, notify your project manager, preferably two days prior or via phone if you have an emergency. For the subscribers to get the most out of learning a project Q&A session should be consistently offered, and the Project Creators need to be anticipating questions and providing guidance on possible places where mistakes frequently occur.

STEP 9: SPLASH SCREEN

Create a project splash screen” following this format:

  1. 1920×1080 (jpg or png)
  2. Lato font for all text (also use Lato for optional project session intro sequences).
  3. Project title at the top.
  4. The word “with” or “by” in the middle.
  5. Your username at the bottom.
  6. If you do live streams, add the schedule to the splash screen.
  7. Use a background that will make the text readable in the thumbnail that will be generated from this image.
  8. Here is an example of how it should look.

STEP 10: ONCE YOUR VIDEOS ARE LIVE

Start planning your next project topic while we are handling your payment!

 

 

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