Video Promo for Your Course

Education & Technology Teaching Online WizIQ Courses

Promo Video

Introducing Face-to-Face, Blended, and Online Courses

Have you spent hours creating an amazing syllabus, an appealing course layout, and engaging activities? Are you eager to share the course with others? But wait, do you have a promo for your course?

Promo for Your Course

Every course should have an engaging promo. Videos are a great way to introduce your course. But, don’t think that uploading it to YouTube is enough. Not everyone is able to view Google applications. Some countries do not enable users to view YouTube videos. One solution is to use Vimeo. You can upload your videos to Vimeo to resolve the problem.

How to Create an Engaging Video

There are many ways to create an engaging video to introduce your course. You don’t need to spend money on expensive programs or audio and video equipment. In fact, you don’t even need a mic or a great voice. You can create an engaging, but free video promo for your course using Plotagon and SlideSpeech.

Plotagon on YouTube and Vimeo

What Makes a Great Promo Video?

Your promo video should include a short preview of your course. It’s like a book cover so it should be appealing. It should have bright colours and great sound.  You may not like the sound of your voice so animations would add variety. Plotagon has both colour, interesting characters, and varied voices of both genders.

Quick and Effective

You don’t  want to spend too much time on your promo. Having a free program helps. Once you get your promo video set up, you can start sharing the course with the world. You will find the Plotagon and SlideSpeech free and useful tools to create your next promo video.


Here are 6 easy steps to get your video promo up and running.

  1. Decide on a dialogue
  2. Choose 2 free characters.
  3. Choose a setting for the dialogue.
  4. Match the dialogue with the character.
  5. Add background music.
  6. Upload to YouTube or Vimeo.


John Graves developed SlideSpeech. Slidespeech is a great way to introduce your course. Here’s more about John Graves and how you can create a promo video from text.

Engaging Students in the Promo

You may wish to involve your students in the process. You can ask them to create the promo video for you. One way of motivating them to do it for you is to make it competitive. Students can peer review the videos by voting for the best one. Peer reviewing will help you learn what students like. This will enable you to create your next promo more effectively next time around.

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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