The way adults and children have been learning is changing fast. Video is not a traditional instrument in classrooms, but educators are adopting it as a more effective communication method as well as a popular teaching tool. There are so many videos accessible to students across the divide today, most of them freely available. The ability for learners to watch and re-watch a video has been described as producing an instructor or teacher on demand.

Studies are indicating video content is currently being used in classrooms as a teaching aide for supplementing other teaching methods. Educational institutions are using video to implement remote learning, and record and promote events at colleges, communicating among students and internal staff. However, the consensus is that video is improving the learning experience across the divide. Teaching strategies are highly influenced and changed by video in a number of ways.

Blended Learning

This teaching strategy refers to a formal program of education where a learner is taught through web-based instruction and content in part, with a level of student control over the pace, path, place and time. The learners still attend a normal classroom but face-to-face methods of classroom learning are blended with video or computer-mediated processes.  Through blended learning, internet communication is incorporated into courses, thus facilitating a simultaneous collaborative and independent learning experience. Such incorporation heavily contributes to learners’ success and satisfaction in various disciplines.

 In addition, the use of video improves the attitude of the learners and boosts access to learning. Through the incorporation of video and other information technologies in classroom projects,  exchanges between part-time students and lecturers is enhanced; students are able to evaluate their comprehension of course material and to always go back to the video to ensure a concept is effectively internalized.

The Flipped Classroom

Flipped classroom is also known as Flip Teaching and a type of blended learning where learns are able to digest new content on the web mostly at home by watching lecturers on video. Assigned problems or homework is carried out in classrooms where the teachers provide personalized interactions and guidance to students rather than give a lecture.

 In flipped teaching, the students start by studying the course material or topics on their own using teacher prepared video lessons or video content from third parties. In turn, the students apply what they have learned to solve problems and complete practical work. It contrasts with traditional learning the teacher only comes in once the student is stuck as compared to teaching the lesson first. Educators blend the benefits of flipped classroom with traditional method of lecturing via tools to ensure learners are accountable at home to video lessons through the use of time-embedded types of formative tasks or assignments.

Fundamentally, flipped teaching encourage hands-on work by freeing class time at the same time changing the traditional teacher allocation time; rather than engage those students who ask questions only, the teacher focuses on those who require the most attention. 

Lecture Capture

Also termed Lecture Recording, it refers to recording of a seminar, conference or lecture content and archiving it.  In lecture recording, both software and hardware work together to capture both the visual and audio components of a lesson or lecture. Hardware used in this case includes microphones, document camera, presentation capture, camera and screen capture, among others. Software used can be as simple as video players, web browsers to complex software programs that stand alone, uniquely made for watching and listening to lectures. 

Lecture capture is highly used in the education sector to replace traditional classrooms. Institutions record lectures as a way of replacing the normal brick and mortar classes with web-based ones. Also, lecture recording is used to create and archive reference material for students to supplement their traditional lectures. For example, higher learning institutions such as Yale and MIT have pre-recorded lectures on various courses available on their websites for anyone interested from anywhere around the world.

With video aided learning, the student-to-teacher ratio is highly encouraged. In traditional models of teaching, tutors spend a lot of time lecturing, grading and calling students to attention. In turn, a very short time is spent sitting with a learner and working with them to deal with a certain problem. With video teaching strategies, the student and the teacher have 100 percent of the time to sit down and work together.



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