Using video can be a great way to add something extra to your teaching, and it can serve a multitude of purposes, from visualising tough concepts to bringing real life scenarios into the classroom.
At the University of Derby we create many different educational videos to enhance the courses we offer and are lucky enough to have an in-house production team to support this (which includes me!). We also encourage academics to produce their own content and the examples below are all things that could be made with the tools most people will have access to already, like a smartphone, iPad or a laptop.
So, here are 5 simple ways that you can use video in your teaching:
1. Interviewing experts
Bringing outside expertise to your students can be used to prompt discussion or thinking about new ideas. When we have guest speakers at Derby we often ask them to talk to us on camera, and they are usually more than happy to provide extra insight for our students. Interviews like this can be done very quickly and it gives you the chance to ask questions which relate directly to your students or course.
Here’s two examples of expert interviews that have been made recently for our students. The first is a discussion based interview and the second is a more traditional off-camera interview.
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2. Record your lectures
Why not record what you’re already doing. Lecture recording has many benefits: It creates revision aids, allows students to catch up after authorised absence and can be a great help to learners with English as a second language.
Here’s an example made using our lecture recording system: Electronics Revision Lecture
3. Demonstration videos
Sometimes students may not have the chance to take in a demonstration fully or may need to review aspects of a complicated process. Demonstration videos provide a resource which students can access over and over again, allowing them to pause and review content at their own pace.
Here’s an example made with a visualiser:
4. Student projects
Giving students a video project can sound a bit daunting but you may be surprised by the results. It can inspire creativity in students and give them new skills which increase employability. Resources like the Adobe Education Exchange have communities of educators who share multimedia projects they have had successes with and is well worth checking out.
Video can also be used to capture students reflections on their learning and can be a help to the following year’s cohort when tackling the same projects.
Here’s an example of student reflection:
Recording your computer screen and adding commentary to create a screencast can be used in many different ways. You could talk students through an online process or demonstrate a piece of software. Some of our own academics even use this to provide feedback on assignments.
Here’s an example in which we talk students through our our email system:
Whilst some of these examples have been made using professional equipment, you could create good content using a smartphone or an iPad. A 30 second video filmed on a smartphone could give students that vital extra information they need or help them visualise a concept they are struggling with.
….and don’t forget these are reusable resources, content like this can be used across many different related modules and for as long as it remains relevant. That same 30 second video could help thousands of students over many years.
Why not think about how you could use video in your course, everyone has that one question or topic that students ask about over and over again. Maybe a video is the key to helping them.
The Media Production and Support team at the University of Derby can help create a wide range of effective video, audio and multimedia products for your course and also offer training in creating your own content and recording your lectures. This is a free service we offer to our academic staff.