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By Steve McCrea
Principles of Distance Education
Nova Southeastern University
Lesson Plan: Potential Uses for Videos in Online Courses
Overview: Students new to online education may find that some of the courses are similar to reading electronic textbooks. Teachers can add videos to the online content, but students lack access to the classroom management system’s coding to upload videos. Students might find it useful to add movement to their posts in discussion forums with videos in online courses. Once they have learned of the potential for adding video to the online experience, some students and teachers might want to learn a low-cost way to make and share videos as part of an online course (to create an effect similar to videos produced by Camtasia).
The objective of this lesson is...
1. To describe several ways to use video to enhance the online experience.
2. To develop in the student the desire to learn how to make and upload videos and then share the videos with their online colleagues.
Audience of the Lesson
Anyone who makes presentations in an online course (particularly a course involving WIMBA or Elluminate sessions) might find this lesson useful. Instead of gathering a group of people online to listen at the same time to a presentation, why not have the presentation delivered asynchronously? The intended audience is people who are independent learners.
videos (Rationale: to present information to audio and visual learners the steps of the lesson)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld5yexNl5I0 Stanford University video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r1SRJCViUY ten reasons for using videos in classrooms
-- photos (Rationale: to show visual learners excerpts from the video presentations and present descriptions of the use of videos )
-- website, where the lesson will take place. (Rationale: The website will organize the materials of the lesson. The site will hold photos and links to the videos)
Lesson 1: Video as part of presentations (to prepare for online discussions)
A video camera placed on a tripod can produce Camtasia-like effects (aim the camera at the screen and point with a pencil at what you want to show). This procedure could allow most students to prepare for an online discussion. Many online discussions begin with a 5-to-10-minute presentation followed by Q and A. If a presentation is given in advance of a whole-class online discussion, the later discussion can be deeper (since more time is available). Video produced by S. McCrea 5 minutes.
Mini-assessment: In your own words, what happened during an online discussion that frustrated Steve? (comprehension check)
Lesson 2: Ten Reasons for Using Videos in the Classroom
A teacher presented these reasons for using videos in schools. The viewers of this video will think about ways that they could use videos in their classrooms.
5 minutes, found on youtube.com/schurgster
A mini-assessment will be given while the presentation is fresh in the student’s head.
Lesson 3: Videos as part of a face-to-face classroom
Video can be used to enhance lectures (a presentation of techniques currently being used at Stanford University) as part of face-to-face lectures. The same procedure could be added to online presentations.
2 minutes, found on Stanford University’s channel
Mini-assessment: In your own words, how do the Stanford professors use the camera shown in the video?
A short fill in the blank test will be given at the end of Lesson 2. Some of the questions will be asked to check absorption of the information.
Write at least five ways that video can be used in a class.
Select one way that you might use videos in your classroom or in an online class. How much time do you think it might take you to add video to your class experience?
Students will be given a series of questions about their experience in the course.
- What worked in this lesson?
- What could be improved?
- How quickly did you complete the lessons?
- Did you find the transcription of the videos helpful? was atranscription of the
- Describe Are you ionspired to learn how to set up a youtube channel? If yes, please click on this link (to go to a bonus activity to gain a useful skill).
- What drawbacks do you see with this procedure for sharing presentations before an online discussion group?
Time needed for this lesson:
Three videos (5 + 5 + 2) = 12 minutes
Assessment 2-3 minutes
Evaluation 1-2 minutes
Total: 15-17 minutes