Digital media development guide

Developing video for learning and teaching


There are many benefits in developing video for learning and teaching. Video can enhance skill and development, provide experience, motivation and a personal connection between the learner and teacher. It also allows the student the ability to view key concepts in their own time and at their own pace. You need to consider your learning outcomes and how video will help your students achieve the desired outcome.  The use of video in instruction works best with associated activities that encourage higher order thinking and reinforce the learning outcomes.

Keep your presentation bite size

If you are thinking about recording a video or audio presentation consider the length of your video carefully.  It is recommended that your video be no more than 5-7 minutes. Small re-playable segments of video are better for learning than one continuous whole.  Use video to outline key or threshold concepts or cues lettering students know where to focus their attention or create a focal point for class ‘discussion, debate and critical thinking.

Do you need video?

If you are not sure video suits your curriculum requirements or you would like to consider alternatives to video please consult with and Education Services Educational Designer. To consult, please email

Video and audio styles

There are a number of different styles of video design that are suitable for the creation of digital media resources for learning and teaching. The main purpose of any design is to most efficiently and effectively transmit the information from teacher to learner or learner to teacher. Each media style has its benefits and some consideration and experimentation can be applied to choosing which design type suits the pedagogical aims. For example, using audio only media is a very mobile friendly way of delivering information as people can  listen while driving or doing other tasks yet it isn’t ideal if you need to visually demonstrate something.

The Digital Media Development Guide

The Digital Media Development Guide (DMDG) offers an overview of production technologies and environments available through Ed-Tech at La Trobe University. It provides a guide to the development of digital media through the three stages of recording, editing and publishing.

Navigating this website

There are a number of resources available at La Trobe University to support your video and audio production requirements. This website has organised these resources into 4 main categories and a resources section.

These are

  • Recording Styles - a range of different design options available in the development of digital media
  • Recording Environments - the places where you can record and edit the media
  • Editing - a guide to editing the digital media if required
  • Publishing - a guide to publishing the digital media
  • Resources - a range of user guides for the technologies in the DMDG