Decoding educational videos: Balancing quality and appeal for the best learning 

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Digital education reading group: May 2024

What makes a good educational video? Does this align with what students like? What does this tell us? We will explore this in more detail in this month’s digital education reading group. Elizabeth Kingston is our curator this month and has prepared the following excellent resources with James Kyle. Looking forward to this one!

What’s the best way to use video in online learning? This question often provokes strong and opposing opinions, and research in the area is frequently contradictory. Some believe we’re conditioned to associate video with passive consumption, that the medium only caters to surface learners. Others believe that with the proper planning and implementation, plus an active approach to learning, video content can prove more effective than in-person learning.  

This month’s reading suggests that effective video content needs to be: 

  • Short (5-10 mins)  
  • Focus on one complete knowledge point 
  • Planned in advance 
  • Used for active learning in some way (e.g. followed by quiz, reflective questions, poll etc) 
  • Part of a structured course that takes an active approach to learning 

To what extent might this represent a departure from what our academic partners are used to creating for their current teaching? 

What about our students? How do they fit in? We know that students’ judgement of their own learning is often inaccurate; learning experiences that minimise effort increase student estimates of their own learning, but do not always lead to actual learning (Carpenter et al., 2020). In this case what is the balance between giving students what they want and what they need to  learn? Is the customer always right? 

List of topics discussed at previous meetings