Videos have the potential to allow us to set the context for a week’s work, explain complex material, record a scenario and importantly embed teacher presence in a unit.
Use active learning strategies
Watching a video by itself is a passive experience, and by itself has the potential to lead to shallow learning. To create an active experience that encourages depth of thinking always pair your video with a related activity. This activity should promote higher level thinking and engagement.
There are some great suggestions available on these sites:
- Video page from Cornell University.
- Scroll down to “student engagement” and “active learning” in effective educational videos (Brame) for useful tips.
Tools for making videos
We recommend the use of Capture Space which is part of Kaltura. The software easily allows screen capture, webcam, and audio recording. Other tools that academics have used are ECHO360 personal capture and Adobe Presenter.