Video for teaching and learning

Video can be both powerful and engaging when used within teaching, and it enriches learning materials. Recent developments in the technologies used for the capture and delivery of video have had a significant impact on the use of video within teaching, making it easier than ever to implement.

Videos have become an effective tool in the flipped classroom, allowing staff and students more valuable time in the classroom to concentrate on deeper learning activities, whilst enabling students to further their learning by using videos for self-directed study.

University of Plymouth staff are using video in a variety of interesting ways, as part of their teaching practice. These include: creating small learning resources to embed in Moodle; creating a series of videos to enhance lectures; and providing a resource for revision. We continually observe new and engaging approaches to using video within the sector, and are always keen to advise and assist staff with incorporating these into their practice.

Furthermore, an emerging method of student assessment involves students creating videos as part of their assignments, with the added advantage of being able to submit their video directly to Moodle via a media eSubmission.

There are many tools and support resources available to staff who wish to learn about using video. The University is also fortunate to have full access to LinkedIn Learning, which contains an extensive suite of training videos related to video editing software and other video techniques.

In addition, Panopto, the content capture system at the University has meant that video in teaching has become a fundamental part of the overall student learning experience.

<p>Creating a storyboard for a video<br></p>

Video in action

Dr Roy Lowry created a series of podcasts for his students and used flipped classroom pedagogy, to supplement and enhance the practical laboratories. By creating simple podcasts, students were briefed of the expectations and set up requirements of a practical laboratory, allowing more time for in-depth learning and exploration in the physical laboratory. As a result, the students were more confident and prepared, and aware of the experiments and equipment, and they used the videos as a study and revision aid after the practical sessions.

Video in action

Professor Geoff Skates uses video as an inclusive method of assessment within multidisciplinary engineering design modules. Small teams of students are tasked with creating a marketing video to demonstrate and showcase their research and final design concepts, and to sell their projects to potential investors.

Using videos that incorporate 3D CAD and Virtual Reality walkthroughs, gives students a set of transferrable skills appropriate for the workplace, and produces innovative and content rich assessments. By creating these videos, the students demonstrate their work in a more engaging and dynamic way and in turn develop their own digital literacies.

<p>Video editing using an iPad<br></p>
<p>Closeup shot of an unidentifiable hacker using a cellphone in the dark<br><br></p>