Effective Instructional Videos
Instructional Videos come in all shapes and sizes, but there are some key criteria you should focus on to maximize student learning. Here’s the most basic:
For those that really want to dig into the research, here’s a study from The American Society for Cell Biology to sink your teeth into. Long to short: good pedagogy drives good instruction. When using video, it’s no different. Here are some tips I recommend when planning an instructional video:
You need to be able to answer the following questions:
- What are the learning goals I hope to address with this video?
- How will I assess their learning?
Once those questions are answered, you need to develop your script. Consider the following format:
- Self Introduction. (15-20 Seconds)
- General Preview of Topic. What you’ll be discussing and why it’s important/interesting for your students. (15-20 seconds)
- Deliver your lesson–broken into 2-3 meaningful cognitive steps. (3-4 minutes)
- Review/Summary of lesson. (15-20 seconds)
- Provide direction for student application of the lesson. (15-20 seconds) *
*Avoid being too specific with #5, as the actual activity or grade value may change each time you teach this. Consider a vague description like “Now, using what you’ve learned in this video, you’ll have an opportunity to practice it.”
Then, don’t forget the value of video analytics–which lets you check, reflect, and perfect your own instruction.
Below is a quick instructional I use when presenting at conferences. It’s often followed by a short, three question assessment–which I’ll let you skip for the moment. (But knowing that there will be questions . . . makes your students pay attention even more.) . It’s worth noting that I did NOT have the Little Prompter when I created this–so my eyes look below the lens as I periodically read my notes. No more! The Little Prompter fixes all that!
A Little Prompter is an excellent tool for online instructors and for those who are flipping lessons or entire classes. See how engaged your students are when viewing seamless videos delivered enthusiastically, and directly into camera.