Using video as an instructional tool

Educators face a number of limitations in traditional learning environments. Student engagement can be low because of the number of people in each class, and valuable time for reinforcing and discussing content can be lost in the rush to introduce new content. Educational video can help instructors overcome these limitations.

Video can be used for the creation of a MOOC, to flip a classroom, or simply to supplement class content. By diversifying the learning process students have more opportunities to absorb the course content. Videos can better demonstrate complex ideas and concepts than verbal explanations can, and visual media helps cement the information in students’ minds. Short format videos have been proven to increase knowledge retention. Because students absorb the content outside of class, instructors are free to spend class time cultivating student engagement.

Students have responded well to flipped classrooms, appreciating the ownership they can take of their education, gaining flexibility in their learning structure and more opportunities to engage with their instructor and peers. Instructors have also responded well to flipped classrooms and MOOCs. Not only does it give them more time to engage with and evaluate their students’ learning (as they do not need to spend lecture focused on covering new content), but they also end up with a permanent library of learning resources for their students. Once the modules are created they can be reused again and again, for future courses and students in a variety of contexts. Some professors have commented that restructuring their content in this way has made them better instructors.

The Office of Digital Learning & Innovation has video resources available to BU faculty and staff interested in enhancing their work through the incorporation of video content including MOOCs, MicroMasters, edX content, and more.

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