9 Creating, Finding, & Assessing Instructional Video to Engage Students


Instructional video allows for visually explaining information, assists in bringing contextually relevant examples to class, and, if instructor-created, can allow for an increase in instructor presence in a variety of course modalities. Instructional videos can be a great choice if you are also looking for variety of learning methods in order to maintain engagement of students in the asynchronous portion of a course or as an anchor for discussion as part of a synchronous portion of a course.

Attendees of this workshop will first explore when it is appropriate to incorporate instructional video as a right modality for learning. The session will also include what video tools are available at Penn State and how to create targeted instructional video that can be used to engage your students. We will then pivot and focus on how to find high-quality instructional video and give appropriate credit to the creator. The session will conclude by encouraging participants to consider “What topic areas within my course could I make easier to understand with instructional video? How should I best assess videos that I’m planning to include?”

Session Recording

Link to Recording – August 4, 2020
Link to Recording – October 13, 2020
Link to Recording – October 14, 2020

Presentation Slides

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Link to Google Slides Presentation

Resources Mentioned in the Presentation

  1. Session Survey
  2. Penn State Instructional Video Guide
  3. Assessing the Impact of Educational Video on Student Engagement, Critical Thinking, and Learning
  4. Spring 2020 Media Commons Report
  5. Using Your One Button Studio
  6. One Button Studio at Home
  7. One Button Studio 2.0
  8. Immersive Storytelling
  9. Software Tools Comparison
  10. Free Media Library
  11. Experience Catalogue
  12. IMEX[cursions]
  13. Session Break Video
  14. Vanderbilt Effective Educational Video
  15. Instructional Video Quality Assessment & Evaluation Checklist


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