Author: Simon Wang

Creating & Managing Videos for Teaching and Learning

Last Revised 06/29/21 by SW

Overview

Videos are gaining ground in online education as a result of their versatility in promoting learning, satisfaction, engagement, and interest (LSEI; Costley & Lange, 2017). With this fast-growing dependence on videos, online educators need to become mindful of what constitutes quality videos and how they are best integrated into online content delivery and interaction. In this article, we will approach the topic as follows:

  1. The discussion begins with the rationale behind video use.
  2. We will move on to a detailed examination of the different types of video formats, in order to help you determine the kinds of videos you may adopt for your course.
  3. We will then focus on the best practices in video use to further prepare you for quality videos.
  4. Our discussion continues with some final tips on recording, production, and sharing.
  5. Then we will look into the common challenges an instructor might encounter when recording, producing, and using videos.
  6. We will land on a self-evaluation tool that can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your videos.

At the end of this article, we also included a list of special topics to help you further explore themes that have been gaining traction around the topic of educational videos.

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Promoting Student Engagement in Your Online/DL Course

Overview

The concept of student engagement has become somewhat an enigma as educators move to the online and distance learning (DL) realm. Many instructors find it challenging to maintain a similar level of engagement as their face-to-face classrooms. This article explores the various aspects of online student engagement that aims at delivering a clearer operational definition of engagement together with teaching tips for online/DL instructors.

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An Overview of Perusall

Last revised: 5/19/2021 by TJS

Overview

Perusall is a free “social annotation” tool that helps students engage with course material in class groups. When integrated with HuskyCT, instructors can create reading or viewing assignments in which students create & share their own annotations and respond to each other’s comments & questions. Perusall informs instructors of the concepts that generate the most student questions & discussion, and Perusall assignments can be automatically scored based on instructor-determined engagement parameters. Perusall also reminds students of incomplete assignments, prompting higher rates of completion and preparedness.

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