The Importance of Videos for Teaching and Learning

The days of standing in front of the classroom and “lecturing” are long gone. By using video, teachers can keep students engaged in new and innovative ways.

Here are five ways video can have a powerful impact on teaching and learning:

Engagement:Studies have shown that video learning has positive outcomes on multiple levels, including increased motivation and deeper learning, and can specifically impact students’ ability to facilitate discussions and identify problems.
Effectiveness: Video learning is effective on both sides of the classroom; educators can use it to create time and space for active learning. Once a video is created, it can be reused and updated as needed, leaving more time in the classroom for live discussions and engagement with students.
Authenticity: Video engages both the student and educator in a one-on-one relationship without ever being in the same room.A compelling 2016 study by the Online Learning Consortium found that video helped educators build and foster authentic relationships with students.
Inspired Thinking:Visual cues combined with audio play a huge role in the comprehension and retention of new material. Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey claims one minute of video equals approximately 1.8 million written words. Thus when video is used in the classroom, students are are forced to think critically when introduced to complex content.
Video For All: Video can help address this gap in training by giving both general and special education teachers the opportunity to teach students at their own pace. Students can rewatch a video multiple times in order to gain and retain learning material. And captions, for example, enable deaf students to read the video.


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