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Pre-Recorded Instruction

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There are several technologies that allow you to easily create videos to be used as demonstrations, lectures, screencasts, narrated presentations, and more.

Good Instructional Practices

As you create pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations, keep in mind the following instructional practices to increase their effectiveness

  • Break down longer lectures into more manageable chunks
  • Pause between these chucks and invite students to process or practice what they have learned
  • Use visuals to reinforce ideas
  • Use text sparingly (don’t provide so much text that you are basically just reading from your slides, you might as well just give the students a reading assignment)
  • Good quality audio is even more essential than good image quality (though if you can get both all the better)

Software Options

Digital Dialog in Learning Suite

For shorter segments, you can record videos in Digital Dialog in BYU Learning Suite. This feature will soon include screen capture (and video recording will also be expanded to Content pages and other rich-text fields throughout Learning Suite, including Feedback in the Grader).

Within Digital Dialog, you can engage students in discussions around the video segments you create.

Microsoft PowerPoint

This page on recording your presentations with PowerPoint can guide you through the process.


You can record a zoom meeting even if there are no participants. (YouTube video instructions)

You can use screen sharing to display slides, demonstrate how to use software tools, and so forth. (YouTube video instructions)

You can even annotate your screen to highlight specific things you want your students to see. (YouTube video instructions)

Webinar on Creating Presentations

See our presentation from Summer 2020 on recording lectures and demonstrations:

Recording Your Lectures (Zoom and PowerPoint)

For more tips on creating effective instructional videos, see Producing Instructional Videos.