Teaching with Video


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:

  1. ​Grab students’ attention;
  2. Focus students’ concentration;
  3. Generate interest in class;
  4. Create a sense of anticipation;
  5. Energize or relax students for learning exercise;
  6. Draw on students’ imagination;
  7. Improve attitudes toward content and learning;
  8. Build a connection with other students and instructor;
  9. Increase memory of content;
  10. Increase understanding;
  11. Foster creativity;
  12. Stimulate the flow of ideas;
  13. Foster deeper learning;
  14. Provide an opportunity for freedom of expression;
  15. Serve as a vehicle for collaboration;
  16. Inspire and motivate students;
  17. Make learning fun;
  18. Set an appropriate mood or tone;
  19. Decrease anxiety and tension on scary topics; and
  20. Create memorable visual images (p. 2).

Practical Applications

For the effective use of video in the college classroom, review the following recommendations:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Debrief as a class or in small, collaborative groups about the students’ answers to the worksheet questions (The Center for Innovative Teaching, 2011)

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Posted by: Eron Drake

Original Posting Date: 10/27/14