3 First-Person Views on Video in Education

We give a great deal of thought to what sorts of tools would appeal to instructors and administrators, but it’s sometimes a little hard to get direct feedback from students themselves. That’s why a few of the younger Kaltura employees, all recent graduates, were recently musing on what tools they would have wanted a year or two ago when they were at university. Here’s what they had to say.

Flexible schedules for student athletes

Yasmin Mortiboy

Whilst studying, I had the opportunity to represent my University by playing sport for three years. During my final year, I captained my team. This was a huge honour! However, I had issues both on and off the pitch with my players. One of my biggest battles was…Wednesday! That day was supposed to be a “free day dedicated to sport.”  In reality, though, team members kept having practical lectures/seminars scheduled on top of our practices and matches.

Having recordings of these practical sessions would have made a huge difference! Instead, our performance at matches frequently suffered because we crucial team members. Yes, there was theoretically the option to reschedule a lecture. Unfortunately, most students had other conflicting sessions already on their timetable, making rescheduling impractical.  If the sessions had been recorded, members could have participated at a time that fit their schedule. Instead, they were effectively punished for choosing to play a sport. They had to choose between letting down the team or missing out on vital knowledge, which would in turn affect their overall grade.

Some people worry that students will not attend practical sessions if they are simply recorded and uploaded online. One option could be to have a system that only allows certain users to access the content if a valid reason for the absence is given – sport being one of those. Not everyone has the same commitments and needs. We should welcome diversity, including the extra activities that make us different. Learning and training should be flexible as well – the technology is there, waiting for organisations to start utilising them!

Differences in learning styles

Georgina Whitehorne-King

Kaltura would have been an amazing aid to my degree whilst I was at university. I often struggled taking enough notes when I was in lectures (I’m not the fastest writer). This meant that I had to either rely on copying notes from my friends, or I had to go home and sit through a two-hour lecture recording to find the parts that I had missed. This was not only frustrating, it was also very time-consuming. It would have been really beneficial if we had a platform like Kaltura in place that allowed us to fast forward and search for key words.

Even worse, our seminars were not always recorded. These practical sessions were where we practiced our exam technique, so I found I actually gained more from them than the lectures. If I was unable to attend due to illness, I had to copy another student’s. This put me at a disadvantage. It would have been really helpful if I was able to take my own notes, instead of having to rely on someone else’s.

The Joys of Time Management

Maisie Temple

When I was a student, time was never on my side. I found myself trying to learn how to balance my social life with education, while suddenly being burdened with adult responsibilities.

Adulthood was way harder than it looked on TV!

Where was the time for a hot drink with my friends at the local café, or cocktails with the girls after a day of work? Time was nowhere to be found. Well, ok, I may have hosted ONE house party, but even that was cut short because people needed to study…

My university had told me not to get a part-time job, but my student loan didn’t cover all my necessities. There wasn’t really any option but to get TWO part-time jobs. A nice lie in on a Saturday was no longer something I could look forward to. I had to get up to do shifts at my first part-time job, followed by my weekly shop, and then onto my second part-time job.

I was studying acting and performance arts, so in between all the above, I had to fit in rehearsals for directing, script work, rehearsals for 6 separate performances, and write up my dissertation. The library opened at 8am and shut at 6pm. Classes and rehearsals were 9am-6pm. How we all fit everything in and managed to scrape our grades is beyond me!

More video could have made a lot of this a lot easier.

For example, being able to time-shift some of my responsibilities so everything did not have to happen in the same 9-6 timeframe would have helped enormously. I would have loved to be able to listen to the last part of a lecture that I had missed due to needing to get to work.

It also would have been a more efficient way to accomplish some of my tasks. I am certainly a visual learner, so ingesting information through video absorbs far more quickly for me than if I were to sit and read a chapter over and over. And how amazing it would have been to have the ability to record my rehearsals, watch over my performances, and easily skip to specific speeches in a scene!

Using video allows students to find the time to study 24/7. Whether they have a part-time job (or two), are a young carer or supporting a family, through the power of video students can now study in their own time, rather than trying to commit to library hours.

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