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5 ways to improve the chances of students actually watching instructional videos : Educational Technology

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Ten days ago, I gave some presentations at my school on how to improve the chances that students will actually watch all of the videos we share with them. Some of the ideas I shared apply to videos that you create, and some of the ideas apply to videos that you can find online. In total, there were five important points in my presentation. These points are listed below.

1. Turn on your camera, lift it up and look at it. Even when subconsciously, students want to see your face and know that you are there. Turning on your camera even if you’re creating a screencast video can increase the likelihood that your students will be watching and paying attention to your video. Place your camera at eye level or a little higher. This makes it easier for you to make eye contact with your camera, resulting in a far better viewing experience than looking at your face. A better viewing experience increases the likelihood that students will fully view your video.

2. Add a call to action. At the end of your video, ask your students to do something. That could be writing an answer, recording an answer (Flipgrid is perfect for this) or to do a practical task. Whatever it is, give the students something to do with the information they just got from your instructional video.

3. Create playlists in Google Slides / PowerPoint / Keynote. Whether you’re sharing your own videos or videos you’ve found online, the best thing to do is put them on slides and then share the slides with your students. This will remove the annoying “related” content on YouTube. Google Slides users can share their slides full of videos through Google Classroom. After students have the link to view the slides, they can add more videos to the slides and students will see those additions.

4. Use the “Go to section based on answer” feature in Google Forms. You can add videos to your Google Forms and then have students answer questions posted under those videos. If you use Go To Section Based On Answer, you can require students to correctly answer questions about the videos before proceeding to the next section of the form. The process is described in This video (also embedded below).

5. Use EDpuzzle. EDpuzzle is a tool I used a lot last spring and which I will likely use a lot this fall to incorporate questions into videos that I share with students. The best feature of EDpuzzle is the option to prevent students from fast-forwarding videos to get to the questions. Here is an overview how to use EDpuzzle.

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