The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a sudden metamorphosis for educators. During this challenging period, teachers have quickly transformed their lessons and methods to maintain student engagement and promote active learning. To help combat the spread of Coronavirus, many schools have transitioned from a traditional learning environment to using video-assisted distance learning.
Educational videos serve as a beneficial, easy, and fun way to deliver the lesson. By recording videos rather than live streaming, students have less risk of missing important information. Here are some suggestions for educators to create effective learning videos.
Providing instructor presence is an important component of a successful video. It lets the students connect with their teachers in a way that could otherwise be neglected in distance learning settings. Not only do you want your students to see you, they need to relate to you. A personal connection between teachers and students can increase motivation and involvement. Some ways to achieve this include:
According to the multimedia principle, students better retain material when it comes from various platforms and methods. To add variety to videos, consider the following:
An important aspect of effective educational videos is length. Most students will lose attention after 6-9 minutes and anything after 15 minutes can cause downloading issues. Students learn better from a coherent summary. To ensure student engagement, try:
When you are ready to film your video, there are some best practices to keep in mind.
The setup of your equipment and software choice is also important because these will help determine the quality of your video and it can potentially decrease incidental cognitive processing. If you are able, invest in a good microphone and camera. There are also several options for screen recording available, some of which are free.
When finishing and editing your video, remember to make your video accessible in order to effectively reach all of your students
Teacher presence is an important aspect of quality online learning. Videos allow teachers to express creativity and help students receive the message using a fun medium. Instructional videos can help create an engaging experience for both educators and their students.
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