There are a lot of ways to use video in education and training. While you can probably make an argument for any of them, We want to focus on one, empowering the student to succeed. Not by making it easier to succeed, not by making learning fun, but by providing a tool that the student can choose to use or not.
This all began when I became aware that most withdrawing students were dropping the class because of external forces they could not control.These were generally good students; they didn’t need special accommodations just a way to continue despite the issues effecting their lives.
When I first started creating videos I had one goal in mind, saving time.I was spending a LOT of time on remedial issues.Hopefully the class presents something that is not in the book or available online. Student MUST view video of missed class before attending the next class.Fill in the blanks where a student is ALMOST prepared but missing small but important skills or concepts.Provide course knowledge for students in other classes where content is not taught.
To cover all the material in a class, you can’t go at the speed of the slowest student. Provide the option to ‘watch’ and do the hands on later with the video. This allows the student to participate in the class rather than focus on writing as fast as possible.Sometimes the solution does not really sink in until the student struggles with a problem needing that solution. If there is not enough time for this process in class, a video allows the student to try the work and then re-watch all or part of the lecture. Students report that it really sinks in then.Items of interest to students that really don’t belong in the class or in situations where there in just not time to cover them can be provided outside of class but in a format consistent with the class lecture.Rather than holding up an entire class for a lengthy explanation for one student, use a video to provide that extra information outside of class time. This involves working with the student to understand the need for this ‘alternative’ solution.
There seems to always be one student who takes copious notes. Rather than holding up the class or moving to the next topic while the student is still writing the videos provide an option for the student to take notes at a later time at their own pace.Students reviewing for an exam, or a job interview, can review areas where they feel they are not comfortable.Recently I have had a student contact me for videos from past courses. They were interviewing for a job and wanted to review material from the course that would be needed for the job.If you ever get tired writing feedback, short videos might be an alternative worth considering. This allows you to include tone and attitude in the feedback that is difficult using the written word.
Using technology to improve student retention, completion, and performance2
Using Technology to Improve
Retention, Completion, and
MACC Completion Summit
December 6, 2013
Steven G. Johnson
What are we trying to do?
This is not about entertainment
This is not about attention getting
This is not about motivating students
This is not about making things easier
• This IS about empowering the student to put in
the extra effort needed to succeed
Needs and Solutions
• Students who miss one or more classes
• Students lacking prerequisite concepts or skills
• Students from other courses needing basic skills
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Needs and Solutions
• “Pace of class was too fast.”
• “It made sense in class but now I can’t make it
• Provide topics that are beyond the scope of the
• Provide expanded explanation of topics
Needs and Solutions
More careful note taking
Provide material for review
Long-term job aids
Alternative to written feedback on student work
Information and links
• Powerpoint Hotspot Video
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• Jing by Techsmith.
• Camtasia Studio by Techsmith.