Video Production for Online Teaching


Date(s) - 08/18/2020 - 08/20/2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

We have closed online registration for this workshop, however, if you would still like to register, please email

Crash Course Workshop – 18 August 2020
This workshop will take a “crash course” approach to producing videos for online teaching when working with time constraints minimal video production equipment. In this short workshop we will focus on:
  • Reviewing the most popular video formats (Where do I sit? Should I use text on screen? Should I use PowerPoint?)
  • The importance of camera angles (best placement for your laptop/phone for recording lectures)
  • Designing your background for video (Should I sit in front of a blank wall? Or, should I decorate my background?)
  • Top three things to prioritize

Note: Individuals who participated in the first round of this workshop series back in May need not attend this day, since it will be an overview of the principles previously discussed, but could benefit in joining our community feedback sessions.

Community Feedback Sessions – 19 & 20 August 2020

During these community feedback sessions, Mike Mena will be providing constructive feedback on short 2-3 minute videos created by a handful of instructors/faculty. The goal is to provide a platform for the community to participate in these discussions in addition to Mike’s expert insights.

If you are interested in submitting a video for critique in a kind and supportive environment, please contact PublicsLab Director Stacy Hartman at We can do 2-3 videos per session. Priority will be given to CUNY-affliated folks, but all are welcome.

Please reserve your spot by booking in the RSVP section below. Zoom details will be sent closer to the event.

Mike Mena is a PhD student in Linguistic Anthropology at the Graduate Center and focuses on how ideologies of race and language converge in ways that reproduce hierarchical arrangements and income inequality.  He is currently conceptualizing a longitudinal ethnographic project on the neoliberalization of higher education in the United States.  In 2019, Mena’s YouTube channel, The Social Life of Language, was recognized with the Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s “Public Outreach and Community Service Award.”  The Social Life of Language continues to receive national and international recognition for its multi-modal pedagogical approach and as intellectually informed public activism.

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