Use of video in Higher Education: Theory and practice

Share and discuss your experiences with video teaching

Since the advent of YouTube, video has gained in significance as a medium of instruction. It has become an invaluable resource for informal learning and teaching, professional development, and formal instruction. In higher education, the growth of MOOCs has seen an explosion of available instructional resources in the video format. Questions remain about their pedagogic effectiveness. While video is a technological innovation when it comes to broadening access, it also serves to entrench traditional pedagogies. Yet, it is hard to deny that millions find learning from video preferable to other approaches.

The last decade has seen the introduction of new production methods, pedagogies and business models. Yet, our understanding of what represents best practice is lagging behind the technical and social developments in the field. While some research (mostly based on MOOCs) exists, it is incomplete and often obsolete by the time it is published. We are still looking for a strong theoretical underpinning for the use of video.

This gap in understanding is even more keenly felt in Higher Education which is still looking for a best model of instruction in the digital age and lags behind by the informal and continuing education sector. Lecture capture is now widely available, yet open questions remain as to its role in supporting learning and/or undermining the traditional lecture/seminar model.

Aims of this symposium

This one-day-symposium is intended to be a gathering of researchers and practitioners to learn from each other, discuss their experiences and set out an agenda for further research and informed practice.

The symposium will organised along a hybrid unconference / workshop model developed by the Collabor8 4 Change workshops. We will have open space, table talks and lightning talks as well as plenary.

Topics for discussion and presentations are welcome on any topic with special emphasis on:

  • Video as a medium for learning
  • Incorporating video into instruction at Higher Education
  • Institutional practices and policies
  • Use of video in the higher education classroom
  • Instructional video production methods
  • Video and the changing pedagogies
  • Typology of video in education
  • MOOCs, lecture capture and other
  • Effectiveness of video as a medium of instruction
  • Accessibility and inclusion benefits and challenges

We very much welcome discussion of work in progress (both research and practice).

Further Reading

Recordings and notes from the event

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Conference agenda and abstracts

You can now download more details about the conference.

Please note, to reduce the unnecessary use of paper, we will not be providing printed copies for everyone. Please bring an electronic version or print your own.

Join the discussion on Twitter using the #videoinHE hashtag.

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You can specify your interest in giving a talk or facilitating a discussion.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Dominik Lukes via Eventbrite.

The symposium is organised in collaboration with RapidMooc who will also offer training workshops and provide us with refreshments.


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