Episode 35

"Using Video in Online Learning"

Duration 00:11:57      Recorded on November 03, 2007

In this episode, Dan and Susan talk about the use of video in onlineinstruction.

Show notes:

In this episode, Dan and Susan talk about the use of video in online instruction.

Beginning with a story of how easy working with video is today, Susan senses more instructors are introducing video and multimedia.

A couple schools are studying YouTube and social networks. One example is Pitzer College. Here is an interview on CNN about the class. Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist and media ecologist at Kansas State and has, along with students, produced several popular videos, including "Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us" and 'A Vision of Students Today'.

YouTube, Google Video, TeacherTube and SchoolTube are all examples of services that make video easier for teachers to produce and get video hosted. A brief discussion of the problems with the openness of a service like YouTubes and why TeacherTube and such services have cropped up. Another service Susan couldn't remember correctly was SciTalks, which shows science videos.

Susan reflects back 5 years about the difficulties of working with video then. Software has become easier and more accessible, and more people are playing around with their personal cameras!

Why would someone want to include video? Social presence. Demonstrations. One to one problem solving.

Digital story telling and student productions. The value of bringing out point of view. Dan references Jonathan Finkelstein's Real Time Minute videos. Susan suggests you could ask student to use cell phones to do the same.

Coming back to the idea of using a public social network for such work, Susan shares a comment left by a reader/viewer after watching one of the college-produced videos: 'Huh. I was just magically transported back to college and all of those worthless, boring liberal arts classes I had to take.' 'YouTube is ... supposed to be more interesting than this. YouTube is ... not an education device. YouTube is ... a distraction from the intellectual rigors of college, not a substitute for it.'

Hmmmm, so you can overdo it with inappropriate use of social media. Susan and Dan also want to be clear that they are not recommending that we all videotape ourselves lecturing.

The Dramatic Question - Dan's favorite idea for production.

We want to hear how you all are using video. What were some of the challenges?After the fact resource: another video worth watching 'Pay Attention Video' - about the need to infuse technology into teaching.

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The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


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Susan Manning
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