As student demand for flexible schedules grows, higher education institutes are looking for ways to satisfy the request. In an attempt to quell the rising plea, schools have turned to online learning and blended classes. However, many of these institutions are finding that online and blended classes lack the personal interaction that leads many students to success in higher education. As a result, these schools are turning to video.
Well-organized and managed video access may be the key to successful online and blended learning courses for higher education. Many students already turn to YouTube when they need information, choosing the video site over traditional search engines. The right video is able to illustrate a point to students in ways that text alone cannot.
Professors have long realized the value a video can bring to a lesson, however many are hesitant to include them in online versions of classes. Fear of copyright infringement prevents them from adding video to online courses and a fierce protection of their intellectual property prevents them from sharing recorded lectures through public channels such as YouTube.
With MediaCAST, these qualms are alleviated. Copyright protection tools allow users to set limits on the number of people who are able to view a video at once and which students/classes can access a video. And since the videos are stored on a private system, instructors don’t have to worry about others stealing their lessons.
Additionally, MediaCAST can be integrated into your school’s LMS in order to make the process of adding videos to courses within these systems simpler. With most learning management systems, if a professor wants to use the same video in two different courses, they would have to upload the video twice. However, with MediaCAST, the video can be loaded once through a simple process and then assigned to each class with the click of a button.
For those looking to cut expenses, MediaCAST even offers a Cloud Edition. With this subscription based service, your media resources will be stored off-site and available over the internet. For campuses facing budget cuts, this means you won’t have to host servers or the technical personnel to maintain them on-site – saving you money and space.
Still not convinced video is the way to enhance online and blended courses? Here are a few possible uses to start you thinking:
- In speech classes, record student presentations and allow them to watch themselves to learn what needs improved. For online speech classes, students can submit recorded presentations.
- For lab classes, record lab instructions and have students watch them prior to class, thus allowing more time to complete difficult labs.
- For online classes, record answers to questions, class announcements and feedback to create a more personal experience.
- For a blended class, use Lecture Capture to record yourself giving a lecture to the in-person section and post for online students to view.
What ways have you found to use video around campus?