Fun with Video: Teaching Online with Video
Recently, I was blessed to be able to attend the 19th annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning and it 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 through video instruction. I was thrilled to be able to chat with Adam and Carol, sharing ideas about how to enhance the learning experience with video instruction. Adam and Carol suggest that, “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 kinetic learners’ needs.
With that in mind, before you begin your online course, it is a good idea to assess the learning style of your students. If you have never performed a learning style assessment, the following is a link to a free one by Felder and Soloman: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html. After you assess the learning style of your students, you will be better prepared to determine how to engage them collaboratively. Especially in an online learning environment, collaboration helps students learn more effectively and deeply. There are many valuable technology tools a teacher can implement to engage students with the content and have a better connection with their teacher online. Of these tools, video is at the top of the list as it helps teachers connect with students, set the tone of the class, and provide clarity to complex concepts.
As I talked with Carol, I gained a better appreciation for how vital it is that online facilitators incorporate video into their instruction. Carol uses instructional video extensively in her online courses and shared one of the ways she currently likes best. She develops instructional videos with a free screen-capture device called Screencast-O-Matic. To learn more about this exciting tool, watch my interview of Sloan-c presenter, Carol Abraham-Morad describing how she integrates video in her online courses. Thank you Carol for graciously sharing your time with me and contributing your experience with the implementation of video in online instruction.