Pop Quiz: Videos in the Classroom. How much is too much?
For the courses that I teach sometimes a demo is needed to show the principle that is being discussed. Sometimes that demo can be physical objects that are set into motion, sometimes they are animations, and sometimes they are video clips. There is always some type of lecture before and after these demos they are not intended to take up the full class or to be in lieu of a lecture. Once in awhile I run across a decent video that would take up most of the class time and if I feel we have the time to watch such video sometimes I will allow this. These videos are never meant to replace a lecture only to enhance it.
The reason I am being so careful to discuss how I use such videos is because I have colleagues that use videos to replace the actual lecture. They do not lecture about the topic at all. They just put the DVD in the player, let the students watch it, and then give them a quiz. This irritates me but it is not my class and I am sure that if this was done once a semester then it probably would not be a big deal. However, I know instructors who do this almost every class period. I do not think this is a good method to use to “teach” students in college (or any level for that matter.) If I were the student that was paying for such instruction I would be very upset. This brings me to today’s pop quiz:
Are videos in classrooms good substitutions for lecture? Is there a limit to the number of videos that should be played during a semester? How do you use videos to enhance your course?
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