This is an essay I wrote for the course Understanding learning in the online environment, which is part of Edinburgh's MSc Digital Education. Video has long been used to support classroom teaching. However, it is only in the last ten to fifteen years that educators have been able to easily produce and distribute their own videos.… Continue reading Using storytelling in Philosophy teaching videos
By "instructional video", I mean: DIY expert shows how to insulate your loft Guitarist shows how to play "Classical Gas" Philosopher explains why two thinkers disagreed about something Historian runs through the main events which led to World War 2 So for now at least, instructional videos are videos that show how something is done,… Continue reading A few priorities for instructional videos
Back when I was fairly new to teaching, I sometimes wondered how I could make my lessons more like TV. Maybe I should play a theme tune at the start of each class, I thought. Something that would get the students pumped up and ready to learn. Something dynamic, like Easy Lover by Phil Collins. You'll be… Continue reading What Neil Postman taught me about teaching and television
In his anti-lecture lecture, Donald Clark makes some well-known arguments about the weaknesses of the lecture format. They encourage passivity; they're too long; they're frequently delivered by introverts who have more expertise in research than spoken communication. It's an interesting talk, and I'd encourage you to have a listen. Here though, I'm going to focus on… Continue reading Is it a good idea to record lectures?
I start an infographics MOOC this week run by the Knight Center, part of University of Texas. Part of the reason I'm doing the course is because of my newfound fascination with graphs, but I'm also doing it to see the different ways educators can run an entirely online course. As part of the preliminary… Continue reading Video instructions: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should