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Focused explanations with micro-videos

Video gives you the opportunity to concentrate on specific content, which the students then can repeat if necessary. These short, concentrated videos are sometimes called micro-videos and can be about a practical moment that you demonstrate from different angles or in different ways. It may also be that you summarize central parts of, for example, chapters in a textbook.

Brief and concise explanatory videos are called "micro-videos" and are advantageously used to explain and repeat a core concept or process. These videos are often no more than a few minutes long. With a micro-video, you can explain a technically complex topic in a very short time without the risk of losing students halfway through the explanation. If a student is not keeping up, they can repeat parts of the video or pause to read the course book.

For example, micro-videos can be used to:

  • summarize a heavy chapter in the course literature
  • explain essential or basic concepts
  • go through the steps of a process or algorithm.

To be time efficient, you can focus your micro-videos on parts of the course that you know students need to repeat frequently.

An example: you are going to explain a complicated solution to an equation. There will always be some students who understand your explanation for the specific exercise, but who will not be able to apply the specific method of calculation to another exercise. If you explain the equation during class, those students will have trouble trying to solve problems on their own. If you instead record a micro-video of your solution, students can review the video at their own pace when they need help. The students can also compare that solution with other micro-videos you have recorded, where you may have used other methods or explanatory models.

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