Yale instructors are increasingly using brief course introduction videos as a medium to introduce students to their course content, learning goals and teaching approaches. Many students find these videos useful while searching for courses during open enrollment. You may consider including a link to such a video on your syllabus and/or on your Canvas course site.
The Poorvu Center created the following video tutorial in response to a recommendation made by the Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The tutorial outlines what a course introduction video might include. Faculty can select from a number of tools and software programs to record their messages. We have developed instructions for recording a Course Introduction Video using Panopto, Zoom, or a phone. The Poorvu Center arranges for all course introduction videos that are uploaded to Canvas to be professionally captioned, to make course selection as accessible as possible for all students.