Why videos

RELOBIE Guide on Why Videos

Teachers who use learning videos describe that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning. With video as one component in a thoughtful lesson plan, students often make new connections between curriculum topics, and discover links between these topics and the world outside the classroom (National Teacher Training Institute).

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In an interview with a teacher who teaches online courses at upper secondary school and who uses videos in his courses which he records with Smartphone mentions few reasons why he uses videos in education:

  • Watching learning videos can inspire, increase students motivation, enhanced learning experience, change the way students learn and can develop learner autonomy.
  • Watching video students can get better overview over the learning curriculum.
  • Students can watch video whenever it is needed and as often as they want.
  • In online learning interaction between students and the teachers is often little. Using videos where the teachers are visible can increase the relationship between the teachers and the students.
  • Teachers can update the videos when needed and keep the learning fresh, relevant and current.
  • Video with an interview with specialists about special subject can show diverse perspectives on a learning curriculum.

Here is an interview with a teacher who uses videos in education: “Why videos?”

Testimonial by Ármann Halldórsson, Teacher at the Commercial College of Iceland, Iceland


Using videos was something that I have been interested in for very long time and especially after I myself have been taking a number of courses on coursera.org in MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and I found that for myself it’s a good way to learn because I can include it into my daily routine which is an experience I have enjoyed. Problems for students generally in distant learning are getting them focused and do some work and I think that using videos is a good way to ensure that they are introduced to the material. In the course which I teach I hope they watch the videos and read the book. If they don’t read the book its better they at least watch the videos. I have videos and short quizzes on each unit. I have run the course a couple of times with the videos and it seems that the students like it. Another problem with distance learning is that interaction with the student is quite different from one you experience from day to day course.

I have not taken any systematic research of how students like the videos but I find it is also a good way for my self to review the material, read through it and then I create my video. I hope the way I do the video (I will speak about it later) is quite simple. It is a good way to keep the material fresh on the videos, I can be referring to something current to something that is recent and I can update the videos much more frequently than I can update the book which I can’t basically update. I think the students get a feeling for personal relations with teacher in the video. Another thing my first experience was when I did the videos for the philosophy course where there are 7 videos of me speaking. I did a short interview with a friend of mine for a course about Tolkien it is a different kind of course. Friend of mine was doing theses about Tolkien so I did interview with him and included the video into the course material and I think that was our great success in very nice and a fresh way and that is one way of using video to include other people show other perspectives into the material.