As with the course as a whole, it's important for individual lessons to mantain a degree of consistency. Every lesson should:
- Be no less than three minutes
- Be no more than fifteen minutes
- Include both practical (here’s how we do this) and theoretical (here’s why we do this) knowledge.
- Contain a mix of walkthrough demonstration, multimedia examples, personal stories, practical data, and/or references for further reading. The more varied and lively the better!
- End with a brief conclusion that tells the viewer what's coming next.
You might find that having notes helps you while recording, but it is important to never sound “scripted” to the student. We encourage friendly, casual approaches to Tuts+ courses. Have fun! You should be clear and easy to understand, but also able to speak in a conversational and relaxed manner.
Feel free to let your personality come through and present in a style comfortable to you. Your editor is available to review and provide feedback on screencast content prior to recording.
As with course titles, lesson titles should be simple, straightforward, and indicative of the content contained within the video.
Lesson descriptions should:
- Be no more than a single paragraph
- Focus on what the student will do and learn ("In this course, you'll do this" or "In this course, you'll learn that")
- Be written in the voice of the instructor (first person)
Example: In this lesson, you'll learn all about variables and how they're a core feature of every programming language. Along the way, you'll write a simple program to find the square of any number.
Every course should begin with a brief introduction video. This represents the student's primary preview of what the course will be like. This video should showcase your absolute best work and should sell the student on the course.
The information, tone and excitement level in this video should be aimed at selling potential customers on the course. This is a sales pitch as much as it is a content overview. Read our guide on creating effective Introduction Videos.
Conclusion videos are critical to ending a course properly rather than abruptly. The tone should be upbeat and congratulatory. Let the students know they've accomplished something special. Every course should end with a brief conclusion video. Conclusion videos should:
- Not be the last lesson, they're a standalone entity with unique goals
- Be no more than three minutes long
- Be no less than thirty seconds long
- Not be a simple voiceover with a static shot of a desktop wallpaper
- Briefly explain what the student should know and understand after going through the course
- Give the user specific steps to do next (ideally, point to other Tuts+ courses)