Six things we learned from MOOCs

  1. Videos as content are still a powerful medium

This is something we have known for a long time, ever since the ‘talking heads’ of the first VLEs. However, MOOCs have led to a re-evaluation of the perceived value of the non-interactive video in online learning content, which had frequently in the past received criticism as being non appropriate when used in online learning. In the context of the MOOCs there have been some good and engaging examples of combining “talking heads” with visual material (not necessarily focusing on narrated PowerPoints). The most successful seem to be short, thematic videos that can be searched/navigated/accessed easily by the learner.

  1. Social media can support independent learners

Connectivity in MOOCs is usually provided through conventional computer mediated communication media such as discussion fora and through social networking or other forms of social media. These seem to work well provided they are fully embedded in the course environment and there is some form of moderation. What makes them work, despite the lack of full moderation, might be the ‘massive’ numbers of students in MOOCs, but also the expectation in this context that you will get some help from your peer if not always from your tutor. Continue reading

Inter-professional Learning Unit: Keeping Patients Safe from Medication Errors

In this short interview video Angela Parry (lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery) and Jayne Frisby (lecturer based in the school of Medicine) take us through their College Teaching Fund project, which focused on medication management and keeping patients safe from medication errors.  Continue reading

Sharing video on KEATS (Moodle)

Note: This post has been updated on 25th March 2015

Sharing your videos on KEATS can be complicated at times. Here are some of the most common questions that users might ask.

  • Where should I host the videos?
  • What should be the format of the videos?
  • How do I assure cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility when embedding a video on KEATS?
  • How do I embed a video on KEATS?
  • What should be the dimensions of a video?

Some of these answers are simpler to answer than others. Sometimes the answer actually depends on the user’s preferences. So in this post, I will try to clarify some things  on how to share your videos on KEATS and at the same time provide some tips for best-practice. Continue reading

How to make a long video navigable

When a video is very long, sometimes viewers are not interested in watching all of it. Instead they want to jump to that point in the video that is more interesting to them. Also, viewers revisiting a video are just interested in re-watching certain parts of it and not the whole thing. So it would be convenient if there was a way to create “a table of contents” for the video to make it easier for viewers to navigate from chapter to chapter by just clicking on the chapter title.

In this post, I will describe 2 different methods of how to make long videos navigable. The 2 navigation methods can be used either combined or independently. Continue reading

Podcasting and vodcasting for busy academic staff

Following on from a blog post that I made on the KLI TEL blog (Audio and Video use in Higher Education), I am going to discuss how some staff manage to use podcasting and vodcasting to their benefit and look at some of the challenges that they face in the process.
There has been a significant increase in the number of devices and mechanisms available that individuals can use to record audio/video recordings with the flick of a switch or the click of a button. At King’s there is a big push for many types of digital media content, ever since the publication and circulation of the King’s TEL Benchmarks in 2011 a number of schools/departments at King’s have been trialing and looking into recording lectures and teaching sessions to provide students more flexibility with their learning.

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