Connecting with online lLearners via video: Success strategies
Access, Openness and Flexibility (ONLINE LEARNING 2018)
Engaging the online learner can be a challenging endeavor. Incorporating video into online courses in innovative ways is one strategy to promote this engagement. Videos are a mobile-friendly and accessible way to target multiple domains of Bloom’s taxonomy (May, Wedgeworth, & Bigham, 2013). However, finding accurate videos online that meet course objectives can be challenging (Agazio & Buckley, 2009; Jaffar, 2012; May et al., 2013). Video creation by faculty is often the best strategy to promote effective learning (Jaffar, 2012). The presenters also find that video, particularly in an online context, enhances connection with learners and makes the professor more approachable.
Drawing on years of video creation experience, the presenters offer tips for video production. Some educators may perceive video creation as a daunting task. However, we argue that it can be achieved quickly with basic production strategies using a few key tips for success. These tips apply to the planning, recording and editing of videos for online learning.
The presenters draw on years of experience to promote discussion from the audience of possible uses of video to capture student attention, connect with learners, as well as teach live or pre-recorded lessons. They argue that video increases student agency over the pace of their learning and decreases educator workload. Customized videos help students focus on content during class. They can also be used to answer student questions more thoroughly and shared with the class to decrease the email volume. Moreover, it offers multiple means of representation for students, a guiding principle of universal design for learning. Educators are also encouraged to level-up their videos through integration of H5P to make them more interactive.
Videos, if shared openly, also offer the opportunity for collaboration and decreases barriers to learning. The presentation is a remix of previous ones available at http://nursekillam.com/youtube/