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The New Way of Teaching: How Video Enhances the eLearning Experience

By: McKenzie Boyle | March 24th, 2020

Historically, teaching and training have been done in-person with the instructor and student(s) together in the same physical space. But, thanks to technology, eLearning is “subbing in” more and more for traditional methods of teaching. But what is eLearning, exactly?

Great question. According to the textbook definition, it’s “learning or training done through the use of digital media resources.” In most cases, it’s consumed by the student through the use of electronic devices such as computers, tablets or mobile devices. The ease of access makes it convenient to learn anywhere at any time, with little to no restrictions. eLearning provides the means for students to connect and learn from professors, teachers, and instructors when they can’t be present in the same physical classroom. 

So how does eLearning work?

More often than not, the answer is video. When the class is delivered to students outside the classroom, video is an instructor’s greatest asset (besides their teaching degree, of course). With tools such as Covideo, Zoom and Skype, instructors can employ many vital aspects of the classroom and deliver them directly to their students. 

Live Lessons

Video meeting applications, such as Zoom or Skype, allow instructors to host their lectures live. Students can interact directly with their teachers, professors or other students in the class, and engage in the back-and-forth dialogue that makes classroom learning so effective. Students are able to answer questions and participate in real time. Video provides the benefits of a classroom setting, minus the actual room. 

Communicate Virtually

In most cases, communication between teachers and students happens outside of the live lesson. If teachers want to encourage students to stay engaged, they need to connect with their students in a clear and meaningful way. Here’s where a video message app can help: Through the use of Covideo, teachers can send video messages to students in order to stay connected and continue to maintain the feel of a classroom setting. The best part? Students have unlimited access to the videos so they can refer back to the videos as many times as they need. Take a look at some ways that video messaging can improve the elearning experience.

Pre-record Lessons

Teachers aren’t always able to host a live lesson, just like students aren’t always available to join. With Covideo, teachers can pre-record their lesson and send it directly to their students. Teachers can stay on track with their lesson plan and students will no longer fall behind when they miss a live lecture. 

Provide Feedback

Let students know how they’re doing in class and provide feedback on their work with a video message. Video displays nonverbal cues such as body language, which are important to make students feel comfortable when discussing their performance. 

Facilitate Discussion

Did someone say participation points? Get the whole class involved with discussion questions to hear the students’ thoughts. Teachers can record the questions and send it directly to their students. The students can then use Covideo’s reply back feature to respond with their own insights. This facilitates the idea of a classroom discussion through a video message app.

Assign Homework

Be more clear and concise with homework, project and paper assignments by recording a video with specific instructions. Teachers can eliminate any confusion on the details of the assignment and explain it exactly how they would in-person. Avoid the misinterpretations that come with a plain-text email and instead, send a video explanation so students know exactly what your expectations are. 

Explain Further

Numerical equations can be tricky. Like, really tricky. Help students understand how you got from point A to point B by breaking it down step-by-step. You can walk through your work and explain your problem-solving process with the help of the screen recording feature. By showing exactly how you solved the problem, students can use the explanation to work through problems of their own. 

Stay Connected

Covideo is a powerful tool for both teachers and students. It brings aspects of an in-person classroom setting to the virtual learning experience, all with the click of send. Video apps, like Covideo, make it easy to stay connected with students and deliver hands-on, interactive teaching. 

Are you looking to upgrade your eLearning tools?

Try out Covideo today with the free 14-day free trial. If you’re not sure how to send a video through the Covideo app, reach out to one of our strategy coaches and they can get you up and running!