Feb 21
Using Video Content to Improve Teaching Effectiveness

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.

Rob Masi-rotated.jpgWhen 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."

Mariela.jpgIn 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.

Is video content something you could use in your courses? Click “sign in" on the top right, enter your RRC credentials and join the conversation.


I am glad to see that there...

I am glad to see that there are other faculty members making videos for students in order to enhance their learning opportunity.  I know many in the nursing department do this as well, myself included. Videos are a great way to support teaching effectiveness.
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  • Anita Best
 on 2/21/2020 9:13 AM

I teach online through the ...

I teach online through the Library Technician program, I also want to use videos but haven’t had the time to investigate if there is an application within Learn to record my computer as I demonstrate a search technique.
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  • Donna Sanders
 on 2/21/2020 4:25 PM

Thank you for the inspirati...

Thank you for the inspiration Rob and Mariela!  In Business Law, I think I could use short videos to explain some of the more complicated legal principles.  If students are more familiar with the concepts before class, I bet this will give a solid foundation for more engaged learning during class.
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  • Lindsay Mulholland
 on 2/21/2020 5:39 PM