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Using Instructional Videos in the Classroom

Video viewing can be a useful and valuable strategy for motivating students to engage in their learning experience. However, media alone is not an effective tool for teaching without a proper structure. When using videos as a part of a greater educational plan, students must know the context in which they are viewing the video and be given a proper instruction. Coupling instructional strategies (such as viewing an instructional video) with cognitive modeling traits can be powerful tool to foster the rate and growth of learning.

Prior to the viewing of the videos, make sure that learners have reviewed past material to cognitively prepare for the viewing of the video lesson. One way to prepare learners is to ask them to create general mind maps, word webs, and other diagrammatic approaches.

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1.) Ensure that the video promotes active (both physical and intellectual) learning; it should allow the learner to make their own conclusions and demonstrate autonomy.


2.) Provide instruction prior to video watching. Give your learners a mental task during the video to avoid passive viewing.


3.) Identify key terms or concepts as well as goals and objectives and make connections to the overall topic.


4.) Clarify any difficult terms or material, and review relevant course material to help learners comprehend and make connections with the material in the video.


To prevent learners from being idle during the viewing, use the following strategies to help promote active thinking during video watching.



1.) Encourage learners to take notes during the video. This helps with concentration and helps learners recall specific items.


2.) Where appropriate, you can pause the video at various stages to ask questions, go over difficult concepts, or prepare learners to view the other segments of the video.


Use assignments that challenge learners to reflect and engage on the material based on the new content they’ve consumed. Supplemental exercises may take the form of tests, presentations, assignments, or other engaging ways to review the video content.