3 tips for enhancing instruction with video

Videos often involve more than just a talking head. Dynamic speakers break down important concepts to make it easy for students to understand


Video offers a rich, audio-visual means to grab students’ attention and generate discussion, but it can be difficult to know what kind of content to include and when to include it. Content should be relevant, engaging, and provide insights students wouldn’t be exposed to through traditional instruction, like that from a textbook.

I’ve compiled three tips to help professors sort through the clutter, find what they need, and boost their lessons with help from educational video resources.

1. Make it relevant.

Avoid using videos just for the sake of using videos. If students can’t understand why faculty are showing them a particular clip, don’t expect them to be engaged. Like any tool, there is a time and place to use it. Students respond to what they know. Using pop-culture, for example, is an effective way to illustrate key concepts and connect instruction to students’ lives and interests.

Students are well connected. Many receive their news of what’s happening in the world through 140-character snippets. But that rarely gives them the whole picture. World politics and the economy are often topics touched upon in every nightly news program. Using clips from these programs can give students more than just the headline and demonstrate how current events relate to what might seem like dated academic concepts.

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