Do – March 2016
March 17th, 2016
It’s the first day of class, and your instructor stands at the front of the room. This instructor reaches for lecture notes, blows the dust from them, and clears his or her throat. Lecture has begun, and it continues without pause for the next hour. The instructor makes no effort to connect what you are now hearing with your other readings or assignments, nor does he or she ask you to do so. No one is allowed to interrupt with questions, and the instructor elects not to assess students in any way until the end of the term.
Now imagine the same experience…but as a video in an online course.
Non-interactive, exceedingly long, and de-contextualized video content can result in scant learning, even when it is well-produced and features a dynamic instructor. While there are many strategies that one might employ to connect video content to deeper learning, one tool available to improve in-video engagement is Zaption.
Zaption is a browser-based tool that enables you to add interactivity to existing video content. With a free account you can add open-ended and multiple choice questions or text and image annotations (paid accounts offer several additional features). These videos are then embeddable on Sakai and elsewhere. Take a few minutes to view a demo lesson that our office has created.
As the creator of a lesson, you then have the ability to view student responses and viewing behaviors on the lesson’s dashboard, which can be sorted by student, question, or class.
We encourage you to explore Zaption’s lesson gallery, create a lesson of your own, and share it with our office or your colleagues. In addition to Zaption’s own support resources, we’d be happy to work with you to troubleshoot any issues you encounter in creating content for your students.