Videos for Fun or Learning?

The use of videos in teaching and learning is not novice,but using them effectively is still being explored.



Having read Mathew Guyan’s post on ‘Getting into the Swing of Using Videos’, I thought of sharing my experience on this as well. I’ve just completed the design of a Counseling course, and I decided to use a role-play video to show an example of ‘Social Emotional Competency’ at workplace.

Initially I thought of just showing the person’s negative reactions based on the scenario, which would demonstrate lack of social emotional learning. But a couple of weeks before the shooting day, as I was watching Face off, I learned a very important lesson from one of the contestants. For those who haven’t seen the show, it’s a makeup competition among a group of prosthetic makeup artists. They go through challenges, including conflicts with each other. The lesson I learned was the way one of the contestants handled the other groups who were trying to degrade his team’s work. He argued against them in a confident and well-composed manner. Then I thought to myself, I should use the example of behavior that demonstrates social emotional competency as well so leaners can clearly see and compare both negative and positive reactions. They will then discuss their views in the discussion forum by answering a set of questions.

Further to that, I also learned from Ray Jimenez’s webinar, ‘creating interactive video from really boring talking heads’, that including videos with no tasks does not have much instructional value and might not be as effective.

Here is the list of improvements I made in video application in my courses:
1. I used to use Youtube videos to convey the message, simply instructing learners to watch it on their own.
Improvement > For each video, I either add audio narration or text to specify the important points learners should focus on. This will always follow the learning points by either bringing them to discussion forum or class.
2. I would use interview videos with industry and provide information on that. Quite boring, right?
Improvement > I present these interview videos as activities by asking learners to either critique or analyze certain points in the interviews. They should either write their analysis and submit it or discuss it in class/discussion forum.
3. I would use movie clips and role-play videos to merely attract learner’s attention. And presumed they get the point themselves.
Improvement > I provide text or instruction within the video, so while they are watching it, they can map the points to the content. It follows some questions to trigger their thought process on the video.

I’ll be happy to hear about your techniques in using videos.


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