Tony Bolder
Teacher in Media

Video Tutorials - A way of Reaching Students

I have started to create a series of video tutorials based on the subject area my students are studying. Their area of study is Interactive Media, which includes a great number of creative prospects.

What experience have you in the creation of these type of video's, and have you been able to assess progress after introducing such tutorials?

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Flora Cusi

Posted on 2/13/14 11:49:17 AM Permalink

I really believe in video tutorials and their educational value. I have it quite hard to say which age is the best when we speak students, who's better receptive to video tutoring and I guess it much depends on the cultural background of the person, but the hardest part for me is the targeting. Am I filming for teenagers? Am I filming for younger/older people?

To create a "persona" you are talking to is the hard part for me, but I try not to think too much about it and try to adapt to a standard level of content that fit both in the way I use the language and the way I use the tools.

I use captivate and screenflow for my videos but whatever program is good indeed. Some use Premiere and Audition too, I don't feel good enough to jump on those ones.

The feeling is above all, since you don't see your audience, that video tutorials activate creativity as the people watching automatically apply what they hear to their own content. Regardless if they have to go back and find something more about parts of the content - which I too consider a good practice as video listeners understand that the answers are to be searched and probably not all is in the same package.

Typically I see my users searching for a material that suits their need in their own portfolio, or create something suited, then they follow the video and if they stuck, they search for other videos to fill the gap. That is good. They have to learn to be curios and they have to learn to search for the answer so I don't see that as a lack of content, but as a purpose of educating.

Jim Goodwin

Posted on 2/7/14 6:09:47 AM Permalink

I use Camtasia as well, and I think it is great for creating tutorials. The problem does come down to assessment. Even if I do a fantastic job of presenting the material in a novel and engaging way, students still need a worthwhile project that they can use to practice and demonstrate their skills. Sometimes there is a disconnect between what is presented and what students actually retain from the tutorial. Ideally they would say... "I need more practice on that concept, I'm going to go back to the video and watch it again." I'm lucky if they actually watch it all the way through the first time around. I've found the best way is to directly address what is needed to successfully create the project, rather than teaching the specifics of the program and then having them "apply their learning" to a project. It works great in my head, but my students just aren't as independent of learners as I'd like them to become. I also teach all grade levels (9-12) in each of my classes, so maturity may play into it.

carolyn brown

Posted on 11/21/13 10:33:33 PM Permalink

I do the same thing that Mike mentioned. But I use Captivate, I don't think it matters much, both Camtasia and Captivate are great for creating interactive learning experiences which I find are much more successful than linear video. But it really depends on what your skill set is. If you are good at scripting, shooting, and editing video you will probably have more success with that. If you are good at designing interactive walk-throughs then those will be more successful for your students as well.

Mike Blegen

Posted on 11/15/13 6:14:45 PM Permalink

I've been using Camtasia to create guided practice tutorials for my students. Once students view the tutorials, they have an assignment to complete using the skills from the video. Essentially, I'm trying to create a system where students are more independent and responsible for their own education (wherein they use different resources and can work at their own pace).