The Sloan Consortium was such a wonderful professional experience, while there I stopped by a Poster Session titled: Fun with Video: A Practical Guide to Creating and Implementing Video Instruction in an Online Environment. The presenters were Adam Morad (Maryland Institute College of Art, USA) and Carol Abraham-Morad (UMUC, NLC, USA). Adam and Carol both teach online and are heavily invested in enhancing the online learning experience though video instruction. I was thrilled to be able to chat with Adam and Carol, as we shared ideas regarding enhancing the learning experience with video instruction. Adam and Carol suggested, “students need visual cues to understand the important points of discussion topics, concepts, and feedback. In the online learning environment, this can be challenging. Video instruction can bridge the gap and fill the void for online students by providing them with what they often miss from the traditional classroom” (Morad & Morad, 2013).
In several studies, when video programs combined visual and audio information comparing the visual and audio information in video, their combined use contributed to greater recall than either of these alone (Kozma, 1991). According to Henry (2009), when a teacher includes video into their online course, instruction is delivered both visually and verbally, which is great since most students are visual learners. When developing an online learning environment, attention to students’ learning style preferences should be considered and instructional delivery should vary to accommodate visual, auditory, and kinetics learners’ needs.
With that in mind, before you begin your online course, a good idea is to assess the learning styles of your students. Follow this link to a free learning style assessment by e Felder and Soloman: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html.
After you assessed your students learning styles, engage students collaboratively. Collaborating in an online learning environment helps students learn more effectively and deeply. There a many valuable technology tools a teacher can implement to engage students with the content and have a connection with teacher and content in an online learning environment. Reaching students through video helps teachers connect with students, help set the tone of the class, and provide clarity to complex concepts. Carol uses instructional video extensively in her online courses. One way, she develops instructional videos is with a free screen-capture device, Screencast-O-Matic. http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ Watch my interview of Sloan-c presenter, Carol Abraham-Morad describing how she integrates video in her online courses. Thanks Carol for graciously sharing your time with me and your ideas of implementing video in online instruction.