Integrating full-length video and video clips into the classroom can significantly enhance student learning in a number of ways.
Based on a study of the research evidence from the past 40 years, Berk (2009) suggests the following potential learning outcomes from the use of videos as
an instructional tool:
- Grab students’ attention;
- Focus students’ concentration;
- Generate interest in class;
- Create a sense of anticipation;
- Energize or relax students for learning exercise;
- Draw on students’ imagination;
- Improve attitudes toward content and learning;
- Build a connection with other students and instructor;
- Increase memory of content;
- Increase understanding;
- Foster creativity;
- Stimulate the flow of ideas;
- Foster deeper learning;
- Provide an opportunity for freedom of expression;
- Serve as a vehicle for collaboration;
- Inspire and motivate students;
- Make learning fun;
- Set an appropriate mood or tone;
- Decrease anxiety and tension on scary topics; and
- Create memorable visual images (p. 2).
For the effective use of video in the college classroom, review the following recommendations:
- Consider why you want students to watch a particular video. How does this learning activity support the goals of the class session or course student
learning objectives? What do you hope that they will learn from watching it?
- Provide questions that help students focus on the essential concepts to be identified by watching the video. Provide a worksheet for students to note
their observations, answers, or reflections.
- Prior to watching the video as a class, communicate to the students that you may stop the video to point out important details. Watch the video as a
class. Model engagement by watching the video and taking notes as well.
- Debrief as a class or in small, collaborative groups about the students’ answers to the worksheet questions (The Center for Innovative Teaching, 2011)
Posted by: Eron Drake
Original Posting Date: 10/27/14