Active Viewing of Video General Resource - Review and consider possibilities

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Active Viewing of Video


Video can be a useful resource in teaching. Applying elements of active learning around your use of video will help keep your students engaged. Below are some strategies for using video in your teaching.


Visual media, such as video, can be an effective resource to engage students in learning. However, to maximise the use of video it is important that they are used actively rather than passively. There is no value-add to learning if students are just required to watch the video with no expectation to engage with its content. This interactive shows four ways you can use video actively in your teaching. Click on each to see strategies for optimising videos in your teaching.


There has been some interesting research conducted recently that shows the positive effect of asking students pre-questions when viewing a video. The study by Shana Carpenter and Alexander Toftness, published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition compared two groups of students. All students were asked to watch three short video segments. One group was given two questions prior to watching each of the three segments (six questions in total); the other group (control group) were given no pre-questions. After watching the video all students were asked 12 questions including the six pre-questions. The results from the post video questions showed that students who had been given pre-questions performed higher than the control group. The findings of the study suggest that pre-questions may be a useful activity to help students’ learning when viewing videos.

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