Instructional Materials – Digital Media

Digital media encompasses all of the audio, video, and visual content including lectures that instructors might want to put in their course. This type of instructional material engages multiple learner senses, including sight, sound, and in some instances touch, where the media is interactive.

Selecting digital media for a course requires that instructors consider certain aspects such as technical feasibility for both the creator and the audience of the media. Other aspects to consider include how to provide accessible content and whether to find existing materials or create content (and the associated time-cost-benefit analysis).

Types of digital media:

  • Images or screencaptures
  • Videos or computer screencasts to demonstrate math, business processes, or art techniques
  • Narrated PowerPoint presentations or other mini-lecture recordings using computer software to record video and audio
  • Movie clips to provide examples of concepts or metaphors for discussion
  • Audio recordings of instructor explanations (i.e., podcasts)
  • Videos or audio recordings of guest expert presentations or interviews
  • On-location videos to demonstrate real-world settings or processes
  • Learner-created video or audio materials