August 26, 2020 – How to Use FB Live for Teaching Online Classes

Academy Connection ForumCategory: Teaching on FacebookAugust 26, 2020 – How to Use FB Live for Teaching Online Classes
Corey Stiles asked 4 years ago

What a GREAT CALL today! Thank you Kim O’Brien for sharing your knowledge and experience with using FB Live to teach online. Hearing your trial and error journey was quite inspiring.

For those of you on the call here is the disclaimer language that Kim uses in her description for her classes. This is only one example. Please check with your insurance provider, your attorney and/or your local government to learn about any specifics for your area.

By participating in this online exercise class, you assume all dangers, hazards and risks of such participation. The instructor and associated venue is NOT RESPONSIBLE or LIABLE for any injury or harm you may sustain as a result of this online fitness program. The exercises demonstrated by the instructor in this online class are physically demanding. If you are unable to safely perform these exercises, please modify them for your own safety or choose a different set of exercises. CONSULT with your physician before engaging in any physical activity program.

Sherry Staff replied 4 years ago

Here is Kim’s Presentation on Zoom

1 Answers
Corey Stiles answered 4 years ago


• Film in a well-lit room.
• Turn on all available lights (dim lighting does not read well digitally). Note: Lighting directly overhead can leave
• Try to film opposite a window; Natural light is great.
• SHOOT LANDSCAPE. If using a phone/iPad, this means turning the device horizontally.
• USE A TRIPOD. Place the phone or camera on a sturdy surface that will not move throughout the class – one that
you can LEVEL. DO NOT prop the camera phone against a soft surface. Choose a set-up that allows the phone to be
upright, not tilted.
• ELEVATE. If possible, have the phone or camera elevated off of the floor.
• BATTERY POWER. Make sure your phone is charged!
*If using a camera phone, use the camera on the back, NOT selfie mode. The quality
is much better!
• Center the mat in the camera.
• Position the mat so that the long side is facing the camera.
• Have extra space on all sides of the mat in case poses go off of the mat.
• Make sure the teacher or student’s entire body is visible throughout the practice— i.e., check that the person
demonstrating the poses is fully visible on camera when standing with arms overhead before you begin filming (but not
so far away that the audio recorder won’t pick up the teacher’s voice).
• The simpler the background the better!
• Film in a quiet environment. Turn off any electronics, or other sound-producing devices such as air conditioners,
televisions, space heaters, and fans (the quieter the better)!
• When possible, face toward the recording device when you speak.
Project when you speak (especially if facing away from the recording device). Imagine you are teaching the student
farthest away from you.
• Make sure that the device you are recording with is not covered or blocked.
• The simpler the better!
• Think minimal patterns and avoid stripes
• Bright colors tend to read well on camera.
• Choose clothing that you won’t have to adjust while teaching.
• Imagine your students are all in the camera. Cue them through a class just like you would a live class.
• Feel free to demonstrate the practice while you teach! The other option is to have someone model the class for you,
while you stand behind them and give instructions. (Just remember, your class is still in the camera! Teach the class for
them and not for your model.)
• Try to keep props to a minimum or offer substitutions easily found at home (ie.
a couch cushion instead of a bolster). Keep all props behind the mat when not in use.
• Be yourself!
*Always test before you film! Make sure the video and audio quality is as good as you can get it!