Welcome Video Guide
As part of the VU Collaborate Welcome module, each unit at Victoria University now requires a Welcome Video. This is a great way for students to get an overview of their class and assessments and serves as a pre-class activity before Session 1.
Please, click the thumbnail below to view the Welcome Video recording process.
Recording Your Welcome Video
The steps to creating your Welcome Video are as follows:
- Read the below information with video tips and watch examples of good and bad welcome videos.
- Write your script using the downloadable template below (about 350 words).
- Book time in the VU Footscray Park Self Serve Video Studio (Under FP A316 Video Studio in the Outlook Calendar). Recommended time is one hour per unit.
For instructions on how to book the studio on Outlook calendar, please choose one of the two options below:
- Record your video in the studio using the step by step guide on the studio desk.
Please Note: after recording your video, the Connected Learning Video Production Team will embed your video in VU Collaborate.
Some tips before you record your video…
- In the Block mode, there will often be more than one academic teaching in your unit. Please keep your video conversational and generic, (You are like a spokesperson for the unit, rather than their definite teacher).
- Please refer to the unit by name rather than code eg. ‘Welcome to Nursing and Mental Health 1’ rather than ‘Welcome to HNB2105’
- Please do not refer to times and dates eg. ‘2019 is an exciting year for students’ as the video may be used in future years.
- Please make sure you keep the language as ‘We’ not 'I'. A cohort may not see you in class or have you as a teacher so please don’t say, ‘Hi my name is…. I will be taking you for the Digital Journalism class', ’I will see you in class’ or ‘I am your teacher’.
- Please use generic phrases like, ‘Hello, on behalf of Victoria University I would like to welcome you to the unit Digital Journalism’, ‘Hello, welcome to Digital Journalism’, ‘We will see you in class', ‘the teaching team look forward to meeting you’.
- Short and Sweet is good – aim for a minute to a minute and a half. Keep the script brief – you don’t need to list all the % weights for assessments, just let students know what they are. Eg. ‘Assessment for this unit consists of an essay, two online quizzes and a reflective journal’.
- If you're speaking to second or third year students, it's good to mention how the unit will build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous units.
- Please wear plain, dark coloured clothing as the studio background will be white. Avoid white/cream coloured attire. Solid colours are recommended (pastels are good). Try to think of something that suits your skin tone.
- Please avoid checked/patterned shirts or dresses and noisy jewellery.
- Please come with your hair and makeup done and face powder, if required. (Filming lights add shine to your face)
Good and Bad Examples…
Here are a good welcome video and a bad welcome video examples to give you an idea of what to do…and what not to do!
Please, click the thumbnails below to watch YouTube videos.
Welcome Video Example Script...
Below is a script example from the College of Law and Justice:
Hello, and welcome to Contracts 1.
For many of you, this will be your first ‘black letter law’ subject.
It is one of the most important subjects you will take at law school.
You may not know it, but your life is already regulated by many contracts.
You may have an employment agreement, a mobile phone contract, a lease or mortgage, a credit card contract, and so on. All of these types of verbal and written agreements are governed by the general law of contract.
We will study many cases that will capture your imagination and provide a vehicle for us to learn important principles.
We will also cover legislation which applies to certain types of contracts, in particular, the Australian Consumer Law and the Sale of Goods Act.
The unit follows the main stages of a real-life contract. First, we cover the elements of contract formation, the nuts and bolts of how parties make a legally binding agreement. Next, we consider how the Courts determine the content and meaning of a contract, including express and implied terms.
Finally, we learn about how contracts are terminated, and what remedies flow from that for the parties. There are 4 pieces of assessment in this unit. 2 group quizzes; a case study due in the middle of the unit; and a final exam.
The idea is to get you thinking like a lawyer so you can spot issues, and use contract law to solve the problem at hand. A word of warning … there are a lot of cases to get through in this unit. If you do your reading, you will enjoy class. If you don’t, you will soon feel overwhelmed.
So turn off Netflix and open your textbook (and your hearts and minds) to the wonderful world of contract!
This unit will give you the skills you need to determine whether a valid contract exists and what your client’s obligations are.
By the end of classes, you should be able to assess the strength and weakness of your client’s case and talk about relevant legal risks.
The unit is not about how to draft contracts per se – you learn those skills in other units and through on-the-job experience. Remember, there is no magic to law school – just do your readings and everything will seem manageable.
I hope contracts is one of your first year highlights!
Welcome Video Script Template
Download the script template below: