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Knowledge clip

A knowledge clip is a short video of between five and ten minutes that covers a single, specific subject. You can use knowledge clips for things like:

  • Flipping the classroom - Deep learning: The student views the knowledge clip at home and completes the associated exercises. That allows for deep learning in your classroom sessions.
  • Learning analytics: It is possible to collect data on your students’ interactions with the videos and exercises you publish. You can use that data to find out what aspects of the subject they find most challenging and focus on those aspects in class.
  • Instruction: device-specific instructional videos students can consult wherever they happen to be, in the field or in the lab.
  • More accessible (learning) materials: You can reuse materials or share them with other teachers in your class, programme, institution or field. For more on this, read the repository.




Knowledge clip recorded in DIY Studio

Target audience: Biology students

  • The knowledge clips guides students through one chapter of the book.

Recorded with MyMediaSite in a DIY Studio

Knowledge clip recorded from workspace or home

Target group: Educational Science students

Recorded on home computer using MyMediaSite desktop recorder. The different knowledge clips from that course are listed together in the catalogue.


  • Note the low levels of background noise;
  • Consider whether you want to be on-screen yourself (you could use a screencast instead);
  • Test your sound levels before you start recording.


Target audience: VWO (secondary school) students

You can use a lightboard when it’s important for your students to follow your reasoning step by step, such as when you’re deriving formulas.

Recorded in the Teaching & Learning Lab (TLL).


  • You’ll need an operator for the recording;
  • Your handwriting needs to be clearly legible;
  • You should plan out your use of the lightboard before the recording session.

Knowledge clips created by students at the Public Science Communication master’s course

Target audience: Various

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Soil Sampling instruction

Wouter Marra
Target audience:  Geosciences students

Professional video

Knowledge clip about creating knowledge clips

Before you use a knowledge clip in your course, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What should the students take away from this?
  • What should they do with what they’ve learned in the clip?
  • What story do you want to tell them? What images do you want to show them?
  • How do the knowledge clips align with the rest of your course?

You can create your own knowledge clip, use one off the internet, or use a knowledge clip one of your coworkers created. These questions are addressed in the online module Knowledge Clips and in the workshops Educate-it organises. (You can find more information in the teacher’s circle)

If you choose to use a knowledge clip you found on the internet, here are some tips to bear in mind.

MyMediaSite is Utrecht University’s video platform. On it, you will find your colleagues’ knowledge clips.

Preparation and scripting

To make a good knowledge clip, you need an interesting story, usually supported by a PowerPoint presentation you create.

Practical preparation

If you’re recording your own knowledge clip, you can use MyMediaSite in the DIY Studio, at home or at your desk. You will need to request MyMediaSite access. You’ll be able to log in with your SolisID two days later.

If you’ll be recording in the DIY Studio, you need to reserve one ahead of time. You can do that through Outlook.

If this is your first time using a DIY Studio, the Educate-it desk will be happy to provide any practical support you need.

If you want to use a professional studio, the TLL also has one of those. For more information on its features and availability, please consult the TLL website.

If you want to have your knowledge clip recorded by a production company, special rules apply. Check the UU website to learn more.

Once you have your story outlined and your PowerPoint or slideshow ready to go, it’s time to record your knowledge clip.

On recording day, spare a thought for your clothes and jewellery. For instance, a bracelet might add noise to your recording by clattering against the desk. When it comes to wardrobe, avoid stripes and checkers. They create a moiré effect in the camera that can be very distracting. Also, try to avoid very bright and very dark clothing. Necklaces and shawls can also be a hindrance.

In the DIY-studio:

  1. Log in to your UU account on the laptop in the studio.
  2. It is not yet possible to use your own laptop in the DIY Studio, so make sure that your presentation is on a memory stick or on your O: drive.
  3. Be sure to bring everything you need for your presentation. The studio will display the presenter’s notes from your PowerPoint presentation on-screen.
  4. Read the manuals before your come to the studio. Click here for the MyMediaSite manual.


You can change some things about your knowledge clip after you record it, but MyMediaSite’s editing features are limited. (See chapter 3 in the manual. A more detailed manual is available here).

You also have the option to download your knowledge clip and edit it in different software.


Your knowledge clip will be stored on Mediasite, Utrecht University’s video platform. You can publish a link to your knowledge clip on Blackboard or any other learning environment your students have access to. If you do so, remember to set your video to ‘viewable’. Knowledge clips are stored as ‘private’ by default.

You can also download the MyMediaSite desktop recorder to your own computer. To record yourself, you may need an external camera and microphone, though most laptops have those built in. You can borrow recording equipment from the AV service at FSC.


Would you like advice on or help with the implementation of knowledge clips and e-lectures in your course?
Contact your faculty e-lectures coordinator

University Library Uithof

There are student assistants at the Educate-it desk on the second floor who can explain how to use the studio. You will receive an email with more information on the types of support available when you book your studio time.

Teaching & Learning Lab

Here, you can record your own knowledge clip or work with the studio operator to record yourself with a lightboard or green screen.
Support for recording at the studio in Kromme Nieuwegracht 80 should be requested ahead of time and may be unavailable at certain times.

If you encounter any problems with the software, you can contact the ITS helpdesk: 030 253 4500.
If the ITS helpdesk can’t resolve the issue, they will consult with MyMediaSite administrators on what needs to happen next.