cameraIn our world of changing and emerging technology, video has become an increasingly important part of learning.  It is also becoming much easier to use video to teach because students have greater access to high speed internet.  According to a study conducted by the Copyright Clearance Center in 2009 , partnering with New York University, 43% of faculty indicated that they would be using more video in their upcoming courses.  Of that video content, 83% said it would be documentary type videos and 30% said they would be utilizing internet links for their students to view video.  That’s just the start.  More and more schools are building YouTube pages and the term MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) has become the topic of the day.  Video will be and is changing the face of education most notably, according to faculty and instructional technology professionals , in two ways.

Mobile video is the way that most students will access video in the upcoming years.  Not just by laptops, but smartphones, tablets and any other device that may be introduced in the near future.  This ever increasing demand also is bringing rise to the BYOD or “bring your own device” movement where video and content is expected to work across multiple platforms.  This is a huge challenge for system administrators, but it must be achieved.

Another way video is affecting the classroom is by flipping it on its end.  The “flipped classroom” is a method where students view video and are introduced to new material prior to discussing it in class.  In this model, the video presents concepts the day before class and class time is used for practice and application.  This technique optimizes precious class time so students can benefit from more hands-on learning and student interaction.


Do you use video in your online or face-to-face classes?  Do you plan on using it in the future?


Aaron2Aaron Shoemaker

Distance Learning Technology Specialist



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