Videos as a resource for professional development

Dr Stavroulla Philippou, Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus

“Using videos either for professional development or for evaluation or reflection purposes offers a great opportunity and great possibilities both for instructors as well as students”.

What we are doing is that we have integrated videos in our school practise, so we have selected a small group of students and we are working with them.  They are videotaping their instruction and they are participating in five weekly in seminars where we are discussing aspects of their instruction. We also have in mind all the benefits of using video to support students who will become teachers. So it is a useful tool for them to be able to see themselves teaching, and being able to revisit that video a number of times, not just once. A thing that they actually mention themselves when we ask them about their participation in this initiative. Thus giving as a tool that helps as to easily illustrate, manifest and support them upon their reflection with some concrete material, beyond their memories, of observing themselves

Dr Charalambos Charalambous, Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus

“I think it is one of the best ways to link theory to practise.”

I like best how video works as a mirror. It does gives an additional pair of eyes, for the students but for us as well. It is not possible for us to be present in all the students’ teachings. With all these videos it is not the same as being there and observing. Having the video losses on one aspect but it gains on others. It is not identical to being there and observe. But we now have many representation as to how the school practices work out in the field with particular students which we didn’t have before. And this informs our teaching for the rest of the courses as well. Because we have a more realistic view of what they are trying out, what they can do, what kinds of students, pupils, mentors, instructors, physical surroundings they are encountering. It is informing us, for other courses as well! This is what I like best. Now the least, all the daunting technical stuff. You need extra people working and then you need to guide this people through the procedure

Dr Giorgos Olympiou, Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus

“The most important thing for me is the opportunity that it gives the students to see themselves teach. Initially it is a shock for them, they are not used to it, but later on it becomes a very helpful tool.”

The most important thing for me is the opportunity that it gives the students to see themselves teach. Initially it is a shock for them, they are not used to it, but later on it becomes a very helpful tool. How you are moving in the classroom, how you say things, what words are you repeating? At first the students feel uncomfortable, but later on as we move on and we clarify that this is normal, every instruction is going to have its positives and its negatives. They then become more comfortable and they start seeing their instructions and observing them in a different way.

Using videos either for professional development or for evaluation or reflection purposes offers a great opportunity and great possibilities both for instructors as well as students and I strongly believe that we need to develop a culture in our educational system in using them broadly and in a way that we could help our preservice teachers and our in service as well. To take the next step and reflect upon their practises during their teaching efforts. I would strongly advise them in using them in all levels but with caution as

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