So last Wednesday Round Up I found some of the best sites for educational videos. Today I am going to focus on using digital video as a learning tool to convey content to students. If you assigning an online videos part of an online, blended, or flipped class you want to make sure that it is effective. From understanding who watched the video and for how long, to whether or not students grasp the material, instructors need to be able to measure a video’s effectiveness.
Interactive video assessment tools allow you to easily embed custom questions into assigned videos and are helping to meet evaluation needs through detailed analytics and embedding assessment at precisely the right moment. When you feels it is important to be certain the concept is successfully covered, you can require that a question be answered before the student goes on to watch more of the video.
- Interactive video assessment tools allow the teacher to:
- Search existing video on the Internet from sources such as YouTube and Khan Academy.
- Customize the exact video clip, starting at any point and ending at any point, to assign a specific “snippet”.
- Record your own voice over the assigned video for narration or to add additional information.
- Embed custom assessment questions (true/false, multiple choice, open format) into the assigned video at any point on the video timeline.
- Review individual student and course-level assessment analytics to identify the percentage of students who have completed the assignment.
- Students can create their own video assessment projects as a class assignment.
- Interactive video assessment tools engage students through:
- augmenting face-to-face instruction
- enhancing blended classes
- use in flipped classrooms
- student projects
By not including tools such as these during the learning experience, you miss opportunities to increase student engagement and retention of defined concepts. Just showing a video does not work for today’s media-intense learner. For example, having students merely watch a video is an inherently passive type of learning on the part of the student. By making videos an active learning experience, students are required to increase their engagement with the material. In addition, adding interaction within video can help to individualize student learning and enable you to scaffold material to support students who are having difficulty.
Most importantly, many interactive video assessment tools collect student assessment data and compile it into reports showing learning trends by class as well as individual student progress. Teachers can use the collected data to easily see which students have completed watching assigned videos and understand the concepts. Class-level analytics allow a teacher to see how the class is progressing with the assignment. For example, if the analytics show that 50 percent of the class missed a particular question or set of questions, the teacher can drill down into the data to determine which individuals answered incorrectly and also look to see if there is a trend in selecting the same wrong answer, indicating that there is a common misunderstanding or misapplication of the information being taught. With the data available, the teacher can pinpoint the misconceived information and reteach the concept. Similarly, teachers can easily spot the student who consistently answers incorrectly and in turn can assign appropriate support material to improve the individual student’s learning success.
Great Examples of Video Assessment Tools
- EDpuzzle is free and incredible-easy-to-use. It can help you save time, increase student engagement and improve student. It also collects data as students watch and interact with the video. You can take a video from Youtube,
Khan Academy or TeacherTube and crop it to use only what you need for your lesson, record your voice
on top to explain, add clarifications, or add a video introduction. You can also Embed quiz questions along the way, to check for student understanding, track who watched the video, prevent skipping, and see quiz results through the simple to read student reports. It also allows you to post directly from the Edpuzzle site to your Google Classroom.
- Zaption- is similar to EDpuzzle but has some major differences. EDpuzzle only allows you to load one video per assessment whereas Zaption allows you to load multiple videos. With EDpuzzle you can add narration, audio notes, an open ended question, multiple choice question, or comment. The last 4 elements will pause the video. With Zaption you have quite a bit of control over the interactive elements: where it shows up, how long it shows up, whether the video pauses or not, etc. You can insert text slides, image slides, drawings, open ended questions, multiple choice, check boxes(survey), a discussion thread which is similar to backchat, and a ‘jump to target’ that ‘jumps’ to a specified location in the video. When you insert a text (comment or caption) slide, B I and U are available, and you can change the font size too. You can also change the alignment of the text or part of the text, use bullets, and insert a hyperlink. Another example is when you insert a quiz question. With Zaption, not only can you designate the correct answer for later data analytics like with EDpuzzle, but unlike EDpuzzle you can include a feedback comment for the student and set the video to jump to the corresponding spot in the video automatically. Zaption also allows you to post directly from the EDpuzzle site to your Google Classroom.
- eduCanon– is similar to Zaption and Edpuzzle but is much more limited in what it can do. Edpuzzle & Zaption had a search option that allows you to search for videos to insert in your assessment. eduCanon does not have this ability. Like Edpuzzle, Educannon only allows for one video to be uploaded into the assessment. As for interactive elements, EduCanon allows you to insert multiple choice questions, text slide/cards, image slide/cards, links to video content, notes and audio narration. It also has the “update time” option, which is somewhat helpful to make sure that you are linked to the most updated version of the assessment and it also has a running list of questions and interactive elements added to the video which is a really great tool. Educannon is very limited when it comes to analytics