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Working with Audio and Video

Audio and video can be a powerful way of communicating information. VIU has access to the VIUTube media streaming service which enables the sharing of audio and video among the VIU community in a private and advertisment free manner. Videos can be linked to or embedded within VIULearn or websites for student access. Learners may also create audio and video to be used for assessment or evaluation. 

The most challenging and time consuming part about working with audio and video is the actual creation of the audio and video media. Fortunately most modern mobile devices include cameras and microphones so it is possible to create a quick audio or video recording with a modern laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can then edit your video with free or low cost software such as Microsoft Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. 

A screencast is a video recording of computer screen output often containing audio narration. Consider creating a screencast to conduct a lecture over presentation media, work through a problem using a drawing program or demonstrate a piece of software. When creating a screencast, your computer screen is your ‘stage’, and you can record yourself narrating anything which can be displayed there. TechSmith Camtasia is the industry standard for screencasting available for a fee. If you just want to experiment with screencasting try Jing or Active Presenter.

Learn more about: VIUTube (VIU's "YouTube" for uploading and sharing video)

Keep it Short: No More than 6 Minutes Max!

Consider breaking a larger lesson up into smaller pieces, each of which could be its own audio or video segment. Most of the research suggests videos range in length from four to six minutes. You can then combine a series of videos into a video playlist on or sequence the videos appropriately in VIULearn.

Research Article: Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement (edX MOOC Research Findings)

Examples of Projects and Assignments

Audio and video can also be used to support innovative forms of assessment and evaluation.  

  • Creating video presentations rather than presenting during class time
  • Demonstrating mock interviews, consultations and role playing activities that are easier for student to do on their own time
  • Producing a podcast outlining key aspects of a topic

Website: 20 Video Project Ideas to Engage Students (Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller)

Why use Audio and Video?

  • Provides an on demand resource for learners to access as needed and replay as many times as required
  • Provides an invaluable resource for English as a second language (ESL) learners 
  • A powerful way to transmit information or explain challenging concepts of processes 
  • Frequently asked questions or common topics that are misunderstand by learners can be addressed in video, which can then be revisited as many times as learners need and reused year after year with new students

Website: Pedagogical Benefits of Video in Education (University of Queensland)

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