Monday, November 10, 2014

How To Watch Instructional Videos

I recently collaborated with social studies department members Brian Germain and Garrison Rose to create a video providing students with tips for, well, how to watch a video. It seems a bit ironic, but although most students are very experienced watching online videos, they still need some guidance when watching instructional videos.

In general, we provide students with the following four strategies: reduce distractions, take notes, pause & replay, and ask questions.  We then provide a few quick examples of each strategy in action.

You will notice that we tried to keep this video quick, upbeat, and yes a bit goofy. We also tried to use both audio and visual cues to help drive home the major points, including a quick recap at the end.  Feel free to use this video with your students or create your own version tailored to your particular students' needs.  Video linked and embedded below:

How To Watch Instructional Videos