When is video suitable?
You can use video in your teaching in many ways. It does not have to be the same as simply recording and publishing your lessons. Below we will present selected situations and course elements where video can be used as a whole or as a complement.
In all of the examples below, the video format allows students to discuss corse content at their own pace and, at best, be more actively involved in their learning process. An important aspect of encouraging video for learning purposes is that video provides an opportunity for individual planning. Video can also contribute to increased reflection inside and outside the classroom. In addition, students can make up for parts they missed at home.
The examples below should be seen as a selection of situations and course elements where video is suitable, not as a complete list.
Introduce yourself and your course
An introductory video can be used as a natural start to your course. A well-made introductory video shows that you are prepared, gives a good first impression and creates a feeling of togetherness. Here you will find tips on what content to include in a successful introductory video.
Demonstrate individual elements and specific concepts
Video allows you to concentrate your students' focus on a particular piece of content. It could be a practical moment that you demonstrate from different angles or in different ways. You can also summarize the central parts of, for example, a textbook's chapters in a video.
Show an authentic (lab) environment
Sometimes you may not have the opportunity to bring all your students to a particular place. Instead, you can use that specific environment in your video and allow students to participate from home. This can also be resource efficient as you only need to use a particular material once. You can later reuse the recording for several semesters or courses.
Learning from mistakes
Mistakes are an opportunity to learn more about a subject, if it is caught and discussed. With a video about mistakes, you as a teacher can give all your students that opportunity and at the same time, effectively deal with common misconceptions. It also expands students' ability to put the subject in different contexts.
Video or audio feedback is motivating and effective, making it easier for teachers to be more precise and nuanced. Students also appreciate it, as it is easier to highlight positive parts of their work verbally than in text.
Classroom discussions and video
Video can be used as a base for discussions or other activities and has many advantages over text. A common use of video is to let students partake in a prerecorded lecture and follow up with a lesson meeting. Students can engage in discussions during the meeting, which may help them deepen their knowledge about what may be difficult for them to learn on their own. This reverse lesson model is called flipped classroom and works well with video.