text, slides and videotape


I now have an OER licenced FSOL Case Study destined for Open Jorum. It is a case study I wrote in 2005 describing the use of video in teaching. It describes a session I used to teach:

The session is a two hour class about the uses of audio, video and other multimedia in teaching. The learning outcomes are that, by the end of the session:

  • Participants are able to identify and describe 7 common models of use of streaming video in education.
  • Participants critically reflect on appropriate application of theoretical models.

The teaching outcomes, are to ensure that by the end of the session:

  • Participants have seen examples of a range of uses of video in teaching beyond ‘videoed lectures’.
  • Participants have seen an example of a teacher using externally hosted streaming video in a normal classroom setting on campus.

At the time I said:

“The benefit of using these clips live in the classroom is that it moves the discussion away from the theoretical, to include actual examples. Watching the videos provides a bit of variety to the classroom experience also and enables me to model how video can be brought into any classroom with a minimum of fuss, by using collections available to teachers.I would not be able to do this task nearly so easily if these high quality videos were not available to be found and used. I would probably be restricted to using home-grown videos which would simply not offer the range I need for this task.”

Every time I delivered this session the activity resulted in a shift in thinking about potential uses of video. The participants moved away from their initial interest in videoing their own lectures towards thinking about the wider range of ways in which video can have pedagogic value. It stimulated ideas, and every time, they asked me where these videos come from, and I was able  to promote the Edina collections.

I used to scour the collections for examples which fell into the categories in chapter 2 of ‘Video Streaming- a guide for educational development’ (JISC, 2002),  which looks at the range of ways in which video can be used from a learning and teaching perspective.  These are:

  • Talking head
  • Events
  • Instructional
  • Simulation
  • Think aloud
  • Fly on the wall
  • Real life

And I remember find it hard to find examples of ‘think aloud’ and ‘fly on the wall’. I am confident in saying YouTube has changed all that. But, looking back at that case study, I also wondered:

“I know we have academic staff using YouTube to make their own videos available to students. I wonder when it will be as easy to host user created content on University servers.”

Are we nearly there yet?

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