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Using video in education

With more classes shifting to hybrid or online platforms, video is becoming an ever more effective part of your course and student learning.


Why would you use video in education?

During class sessions in online or hybrid situations, video can actually be a great way of enhancing the interactions and student connections in your class. Sharing pre-recorded videos helps in knowledge transfer by creating concise bundles of content, but in comparison to articles, have a narrator’s voice to guide the learning process. Furthermore, showing real-life situations, simulations, or other forms of demonstration visually can lead to a better understanding of a topic than simply telling students. Students are also more motivated to watch short videos more than once in a way of reviewing for course assignments or exams. As an added benefit for your time as a teacher, you can re-use your recorded vidoes again in other classes or following years thus saving you valuable time.


When deciding to include video in your education, there are several options to choose from.

  1. It may be easiest for you to use already existing videos (such as to be found on YouTube, TED or screencasts recorded by yourself) as part of a flipped classroom scenario. Maastricht University has made an overview of websites and platforms where free audiovisual material is offered.

  2. Record your own video, such as a short introduction lecture for your course. This can be done in one of our dedicated recording studios, such as the user-friendly DIY studio at the Harmonie Building, or staffed studios at the Faculties of Economics and Business or Medical Sciences/UMCG. For who to contact, please see below.

  3. Create videos from your home using, for example, Blackboard Collaborate or Powerpoint, especially if you would like to show powerpoint slides. In that case, it is wise to look on our Tools for creating and publishing educational videos page as well. 

  4. Re-use an earlier recording from a previous year’s lecture that was made with our automatic lecture recording medium Presentations2Go (P2Go).

  5. Facilitate online and hybrid education with one of our universities technical facilities. You can pre-record a lecture in a lecture room, stream a lecture live or teach a hybrid class. Various video facilities are available in both large and small lecture rooms. Here is an overview.

For the FEB studio at the Duisenberg building, please contact Willem Serné via w.serne@rug.nl.

For the Medical Sciences studio at Antonius Deusinglaan 1, please contact Wim van Wiek via w.van.wiek@umcg.nl or email the e-learning team via e-learning@umcg.nl.


How can I use video?

Using your contact hours for interaction and discussion, and assigning (a part of) the study material to review by students prior to a lecture is a strategy that we highly recommend. This study material can then be offered in the form of knowledge clips. For more information, please have a look at our Course design - Facilitate student preparation page.

Knowledge clips can also be offered as an additional resource to use on their own time. In this way, students can supplement any missing prior knowledge themselves. A teacher can also answer frequently asked questions in the form of a knowledge clip. Instead of a repeated explanation of the same subject, the teacher can then refer to the relevant knowledge clip during the contact hours.


Below is a summary of the possibilities of using video for educational purposes. Use certain points as inspiration for your own video. This overview is based on the work of Jack Koumi, Potent Pedagogic Roles for Video (33 roles).

 Transferring knowledge

Images, including video, are suitable for transferring knowledge. Visual techniques that can be used for this include some of the following:

  • Summarize and analyze via images

  • Display graphs and other visual information, possibly supplemented with animations

  • Clarify abstract ideas through visual metaphors or analogies

  • Illustrate abstract concepts through examples

  • Model a process through a simplified and / or time-condensed visual representation

  • Represent contrasting situations

  • Add the power of narrative and/or storytelling

 Realistic experiences

Learning can be further enhanced by using realistic recordings--think of human behaviour or working in a laboratory. Video offers a number of specific technical options:

  • Slow motion (slowing down, for example recording of predators)

  • Fast motion (accelerate, for example, movement of clouds)

  • Special points of view (microscope, close-up, underwater)

  • Rare events, including archived material

 Student motivation

Video can also be used to motivate or stimulate students by:

  • Demonstrating a successful approach

  • Conveying enthusiasm and fascination for a subject

  • Showcasing the work of well-known colleagues

  • Presenting authentic academic challenges

  • Alleviating student isolation

  • Reassuring students that they are on the right track

 Demonstration of skills

Many skills can be transferred through video:

  • Physical exercise

  • Reasoning

  • Interpersonal contact (interviewing, group work, etc.)

  • Language proficiency

  • Study skills

  • Technical skills

Still wondering about the best tools to use? Have a look at the Tools for creating and publishing video page.


Why use video collaboration?

Video collaboration means working together and discussing through the means of video. Collaboration can be used in a variety of different ways, many of which are available online. In case you would like to meet with (fellow) students or as a teacher want to explain something, it can be convenient if you do not have to meet in person. Video provides the perfect solution for this and there are various possibilities for you to explore.

Example 1: Guest lecture

When a lecturer from outside the RUG is to give a guest lecture remotely there are a number of possibilities.

  • Blackboard Collaborate is a part of Blackboard and is available in Nestor. This means that a Nestor account is required for using this tool. Blackboard Collaborate makes it possible to set up an interactive lecture from home with students. Lectures or seminars are possible both with or without video. The lecturer can divide students up in groups to give specific feedback or have a general lecture. There is an automatic recording that can be disclosed afterwards.

  • In addition there are software packages such as BlueJeans and Adobe Connect available by request. This software works in the web browser on any desired device (laptop, tablet and phone) and works especially well for external teachers or students (such as high-school students or students from another university). It is also possible to have so-called webinars (online seminars) on a larger scale.

Example 2: Cooperation

A group of student has to work together on a group assignment but would like a final discussion on some things without having to meet up in person. The most logical solutions for this are Skype and Google Hangouts/Google Meet.

Example 3: Business meeting

Working on a project requires contact with an external company. Because of the distance and tight schedules it is not always possible to meet up in person. A viable alternative is using video conferencing to meet up remotely. There are both software packages as well as physical meeting rooms with equipment available. These rooms are outfitted with video conferencing equipment with a camera and microphone.


Whom to contact?

Contact EDU Support or your faculty's Embedded Expert from ESI for tailored didactic advice in using these suggestions in your teaching. For technical assistance please contact Nestorsupport.


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