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Video from a Mobile Device


A one-shot video from a mobile device is a simple way for you to produce a short (10 minutes or less) single-topic video using your own available video capture technology (e.g., camera, mobile phone, iPad, tablet). You hit Record, speak in front of the camera, and press Stop. There is no editing. Upload the video to YouTube or another video sharing site. Done! A mobile video is dynamic, engaging, lets your students see you, and appeals to the current video culture.

Advantages of Student Learning

Students may be more engaged and motivated when they see emotional responses and gestures, which can draw their attention to the most important aspects of the task at hand (Johnson, Rickel, & Lester, 2000). Since mobile video is typically shot at mid-range, the instructor’s eye, face, and upper body movements are apparent. Students appreciate the flexibility, convenience, and potential for learning of lecture capture (Zhou & Bergmon, 2010).


This method bypasses video editing; it may require several takes to get the video right.

When to Use Video from a Mobile Device

Below are examples of situations in which the use of Mobile Video would be advantageous.

The Situation Mobile Video will allow you to…
You want to explain a topic that has been difficult for your students to understand. record an explanatory video, containing visual elements, that students can review multiple times at their convenience.
You want to provide an introduction to your course. record a “welcome video” detailing the scope and responsibilities of your course.
You want your students to demonstrate how to perform a procedure. make an assignment for one or more students to create a video of that procedure.

Examples of Video From a Mobile Device

Alycia Winegardner

The instructor uses an iPad app to record the correct problem solution. The solution appears in the learning sequence after her students have submitted their assignments.

Accounting 200, Problem Solution

Dr. Elizabeth Cooper

Shows how a one-shot video can capture an in-depth topic with very little expense or time in setting up.

Dr. J Patrick Biddix

Shows Dr. Biddix presenting a one-shot video for the first time.  He uses only a whiteboard to explain approaches for conducting literature review searches.
Conceptualizing the Search

Dr. Erin Darby

In this video, the professor introduces herself and the class and reviews some details about how the online venue works for this class.
Welcome to REST 102 online course

Dr. Taimi Olsen

Presents best practices for creating a One-Shot video.
About One Shot Video – Tenn TLC

Ease of Use

Of the six OIT-supported methods for creating online lectures, mobile video is the easiest, especially if you are experienced in using the device that will record your video.

If you have questions about using your device for creating one-shot videos,  contact the OIT HelpDesk to schedule a consultation.

Cost and Storage


The price of devices that can capture adequate One-Shot videos varies widely.


OIT encourages you to discuss with its staff how to provide your students access to your videos. Possible solutions for storing your videos include:

Contact OIT for assistance.

Is Mobile Video Right for Me?

Only you can evaluate whether or not One-Shot video can meet your needs for creating online lectures, but the questions below may help you think it through.

The Situation
Already have a device with video-capturing capability? Consider using One-Shot Video.
Need a mini-lecture video recorded quickly? Consider using One-Shot Video.
Require built-in assessment features? Another method may be preferred.
Require editing features? Another method may be preferred.
Require closed captions? Another method may be preferred.
Want to put video on YouTube or iTunesU? Consider using One-Shot Video.