Effective ways to incorporate video in teaching

Jul 5th, 2011 | Posted by

Videos are currently everywhere – they shape how we experience news from across the globe (think of the first videos from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami); they connect families across the miles, and offer many a chance to share their personal experiences via various forms of social media.

Video can also be used effectively in higher education to instruct, as the examples below illustrate:

Welcome Videos – particularly for online courses, a video of the course instructor puts a “face” to the course, giving it a more personal touch. Jim Maurino, mentor at the Niagara Frontier Center, uses video to respond to his online students, as shown in this response for his Cultural Diversity in the Workplace residency:

Cultural Diversity Responses from James P. Maurino on Vimeo.

Instructional Videos – video tutorials, where each section of a project is laid out and captured on video, are always useful for showing, rather than just telling the steps of a process.  Mathematics mentor Jim Golzy (also from NFC) effectively demonstrates this in his YouTube video.

Recording Student Presentations – capturing student presentations on video can be useful for both the instructor as well as for the student, as it allows both to rewatch and review the presentation.

Sharing Video Events -  an instructor may attend an event, or visit a country, then share this experience with students.  A good example would this video at the British Museum in London (http://smarthistory.org/videos-london.html) in which researchers give commentary about specific pieces of art.

Video in Research – Using a video camera to capture research interviews adds more dimension to the research process as noted in the journal article The Poetics and Pleasures of Video Ethnography of Education (Tobin & Hsueh, 2007)

Capturing Your Video

Gone are the days when capturing video required a bulky video camera and VHS recorder!  Video capture is now done digitally and can be edited and viewed via PC, laptop or tablet. Some inexpensive options for capturing video include:

The Kodak PlayFull 1080P and KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera – Both retail for a little over $100, and are very easy to use. The PlayFull 1080P captures full HD movies and has a flip-out USB connector (similar to the Cisco Flip Camera which has recently been discontinued). The Z18 will capture up to 10 hours of HD-quality video that can be uploaded through a USB cable.

Apple iPod Touch – The latest version of the iPod touch has a video camera with HD capabilities. Videos can also be edited on the device with the downloadable iMovie app.

Mobile/Smart Phones – Both the iPhone and the Android smart phones can be used to capture video. Videos can be easily uploaded from both phones; the iPhone 4 even has basic editing capabilities.

To learn how to upload your videos to YouTube (to make them available for ANGEL courses or Commons sites) check out this tutorial.

As always, if you have any questions about this topic, please contact your Center’s FIT for assistance.

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