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Online Videos: What Every Instructor Should Know

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Best of Computers in Education Division

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Computers in Education

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Petr Johanes Stanford University

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Petr Johanes is currently a PhD student in Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD) at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from the Department of Materials Science at Stanford University and has experience teaching engineering courses as well as researching engineering education, especially in the context of online learning. Right now, Petr is looking to investigate the role of epistemological beliefs in learning.

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Larry Lagerstrom Stanford Center for Professional Development

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Larry Lagerstrom is the Acting Director of Academic Programs at the Stanford Center for Professional Development at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford he taught computer programming and electrical engineering for sixteen years at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis. He has degrees in physics, math, history, and interdisciplinary studies, including a PhD in the history of science and technology. He also recently taught a MOOC on “Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity.”

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With the rising popularity and prevalence of online education—ranging from courses that blend online and in-class instruction to massively open online courses (MOOCs)—interest in video as a medium for instruction has become more widespread. Most online learning platforms include capabilities for video-based instruction, but instructors and instructional designers often have little experience with video production, nor are they aware of relevant research that investigates student engagement and learning with video and the best practice recommendations that arise from those investigations. In this paper, we first review previous research on video and video instruction to highlight historical trends and research milestones. Second, we summarize how online education has expanded the research knowledge base and revitalized interest in video as a medium. Third, we recommend best practices for instructors and instructional designers producing video for their classes. And finally, we propose future directions for investigating video in online learning contexts.

Johanes, P., & Lagerstrom, L. (2016, June), Online Videos: What Every Instructor Should Know Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25832

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