Video and Audio

Video and audio are excellent mediums for engaging students. Video is especially good for creating social presence and communicating complex visual information.

  View our introductory Creating Video Content Sway for a quick overview of what's in this section.

Re-using existing materials

Before recording or commissioning new videos, always check if there are suitable resources available elsewhere to re-use. There are many websites that offer resources under free or educational licences, and the University Library subscribes to a variety of excellent video services:

New videos and recordings

Videos can be an important part of your blended delivery. To keep your content fresh for students, we recommend using a variety of video types in your teaching.

Thinking beyond video

Video is an effective educational tool and offers a rich learning experience for students. However, it is not a silver bullet. Video content is often passive and isn't always the best way for students to learn. Consider using online teaching techniques that encourage learners to actively engage with each other and construct their own meaning around information. 

When you do use video, provide students with opportunities to reinforce their learning using quizzes, discussion posts, and meaningful reflective activities.

You can find out more about rethinking lectures and delivering material on the Flexible Learning 2020 Canvas Course.

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