Meet Rob Masi and Mariela Soifer. Rob Masi is a Coordinator in Carpentry and Woodworking Programs. Mariela is an Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program.
They are both using video to support teaching effectiveness.
When teaching the safe procedures for using shop equipment, Rob used to gather the students around and demonstrate. The challenge was that if a student was missing that day, or distracted by the noise of other groups of students using the shop, they missed the demonstration.
Instead, he created short videos demonstrating how to use the equipment safely. He posted the videos on LEARN and required students to review them prior to being able to work in the shop. Using the metrics in LEARN he could confirm who had watched the videos.
Rob added: “An unexpected outcome: Many students watched the videos several times to become more confident. When I only demonstrated during class, this was not an option."
In Mariela's medical laboratory courses, her ability to demonstrate key techniques is limited by the supply/cost of materials for labs. She too created videos so students could watch (and rewatch!) the techniques. This was particularly helpful when she was working as a clinical instructor.
Mariela added: “I actually got the idea from Colin Phillipot in Veterinary Technology during a CAE course we took together. It was pretty simple. I simply used my smartphone to create the videos and then posted to LEARN."
I'm currently teaching an exclusively online course and I'm trying to use videos to help develop my Instructor presence with my students. I want them to know there is a real person on the other side of the computer that is interested in them and their success.
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