Types of content
Content for your course -whether delivered online or in-person- can take many different forms. Formats can include:
- Text (online or print)
- Interactive images
- 3D models, illustrations, and high-quality graphics
- Audio files
- Websites/web pages
- Interactive media
Choosing appropriate content types for your material takes some consideration. In cases where your content lends itself to visual representations or motion, you'll likely want to use formats like video, 3D models, illustrations or other high-quality graphics. If exploring content is key, then websites, eBooks, games and other interactive media may be your best bet. The EdTech staff can help you create and refine these materials.
Content sources can be a very important factor in the materials you'll be able to use, especially if you plan to offer your materials publicly. It is critical that you have legal rights to use any graphics, text, video, audio, or other materials you're incorporating into your materials. There are a few publicly available sources for reusable content (links below), such as Creative Commons licensing, which lets content owners license their work for reuse by others. Here are a few to help you get started:
Creative Commons (images, music, other materials)
The Noun Project (images)
Lane's Bassett Collection
NIH Image Bank
CDC Public Health Library of images
NCI National Biomedical Imaging Archive
University of Washington listing of open image materials (multi-disciplinary)
Free Music Archive
Recording and editing instructional video
EdTech maintains spaces and equipment for producing instructional videos involving screen recordings of presentations and digital ink. Other types of computer-based content (websites, software, other media) can be recorded and annotated as well.
The best approach to recording and editing these videos is to design your instruction, create and refine your content, storyboard and script your videos, and rehearse the scripts before beginning to record. This approach will lead to higher quality materials and less time in the recording and editing processes. An initial consultation and experimentation session in the recording booth with EdTech staff is highly recommended, and should help you get a feel for what's possible and how to go about creating the content and recording videos.
Who can help
If you are part of the Stanford School of Medicine or Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the SMILI support team can help you plan your project. Please contact us to get started.
There are also other organizations at Stanford who are equipped to help with these projects:
- School of Medicine EdTech (part of SMILI support)
- Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation (SCeMERI - part of SMILI support)
- Vice Provost for Online Learning