Strategies for learning and teaching

Video is an increasingly common component of blended learning subjects and courses. Whether teacher-created, licensed or sourced from open repositories video can enhance and transform learning by offering students flexibility in accessing resources as well as increase engagement and success.

Tips and strategies for teacher-created video

  • The inclusion of video in a subject or course should be balanced with other learning resources and carefully aligned with the learning outcomes and assessments
  • Make sure the use of video fits well with the pedagogical design chosen (e.g. flipped classroom, 5E’s, case-based learning)
  • Examine the effectiveness of various presentation formats (narrated slides, talking head-style, location-based footage or combinations) and aim for short, sharp videos that convey key weekly messages or summarise difficult or confusing concepts
  • Don’t aim for perfection – students appreciate enthusiasm and hearing authentic messages over a highly polished but robotic end product
  • Allow time to become familiar with basic editing. Overlaying video with captions or graphics, using transitions appropriately and shifting between still images and video can all add depth and interest to a presentation topic.

Tips and strategies for licensed or open-source video

  • Make sure video falls within fair use and copyright regulations
  • Incorporate accessibility measures where possible including captioning or transcripts
  • Watch completely through selected video for appropriateness
  • For any activities associated with video provide students plenty of guidance and instruction

Supported technologies

Mediasite is the University's new media capture system that enables staff and students to create, edit and publish video to a variety of platforms.

Useful technologies

Further resources