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Three Benefits to Using Video in Education

Video is a highly effective learning tool[1] and whether your intention is to teach an online course or offer supplemental course material online, you can make your content more engaging and the subject matter better understood, by using video as part of your curriculum. 

Better than words or diagrams, video can clearly convey your points to your students.  Video has the advantage of combining sound and visual presentation to support the message you are imparting.  Video offers you a way to work through examples to demonstrate your points to students.  Best of all, video allows your students to learn on their schedule, wherever they may be.  Not only is this convenient for them but this an opportunity to reach more students.

1. Shorter length videos   

If you are recording your lectures, the full-length video is a big commitment for a student to go through.  There is research from MIT showing a significant drop off in student engagement for video lasting longer than 9 minutes[2].  Also, if the student needs to find and review sections of our video finding these segments will be difficult.  If possible, chop the video down to smaller segments that correspond to logical topics in your lesson plan. 

If editing is not possible, another way to break up a long lecture is to place chapter markers.  Think of these as bookmarks in your lecture.  Students can jump right to the bookmark and get what they need without watching the entire lecture.  Make sure you properly indexing or tagging the chapter bookmark so it can be easily searched by students.

2. Be in control of your content. 

Your video content is valuable; you spent time and effort making it.  You are charging money for your courses and most likely it has your personal and education institution’s brand in it.  You don’t want your video being viewed without permission or used in someone else’s instruction course.  Make sure your content is encrypted and secured with the proper DRM (Digital Rights Management) so that only the people you intend, have permission to view it. 

3. Recording and viewing compatibility

On the recording side, you may be bringing in video content from a variety of sources from recorded lectures to animated PowerPoint presentations and recorded web conferences.  Make sure you are testing all your common sources and formats with your IT department to ensure there are no incompatibility surprises. 

On the viewing side, in order for your video to be viewed wherever your students learn, the files you or IT generate need to be tested to work on a broad range of devices to be easily playable from computer browsers to mobile devices. 

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start using video to create a better learning outcome with your students and allow you to reach more people with your content.

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[1] https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/effective-educational-videos/

[2] http://groups.csail.mit.edu/uid/other-pubs/las2014-pguo-engagement.pdf