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Great Expectations – Video in the Learning Process

It’s the beginning of a new school year and thousands of students will make their first step through those big doors. Some things will never change: the anticipation, the stress, and the excitement. Other things are constantly changing. The person coming through the door today has had a very different experiences from the person who came through that same door 20 or even 10 years ago.
The student entering campus for the first time today grew up in the digital age, expecting to find answers fast and to have access to information at the tip of their fingers. Their exposure to media has gone beyond TV and radio, and expanded to their phones, shopping experiences, and self-expression. They are looking to be part of the conversation, not just passive listeners. Just look at the content of their backpack and you’ll see the change – notebooks and pens have been replaced with a laptop and smartphone. This is not a just technological advancement, it’s a change in expectations.
The student coming through the doors today expects the education institution to be at the forefront of learning technologies. They expect to be able to express themselves as part of the learning process, both inside the classroom and outside of it. That student is looking to connect with the material beyond the lecture and experience new ways to learn. They expect video in the learning process.
Education institutions, in return, need to quickly adapt and adopt new technologies and ideas to keep up with students’ demand. They are forced to constantly innovate and break through the barriers of traditional education. Professors look for new ways to reach their students and schools must facilitate new teaching methods using updated technology and resources. The traditional lecture hall is constantly being expanded to create more engaging and immersive experiences.
A large part of this technology change is the use of video in different aspects of learning. Video is no longer a recording of a lecture. Video is now part of the learning process. Professors and students are using video to interact and facilitate conversation more than just a one-way monologue. One example showcasing this trend is the growth in student video assignments. In Kaltura’s latest State of Video in Education study, we saw significant growth both in K-12 and in High-Ed institutions in the use of video in student assignments. 85% of respondents thought future students will expect video to be part of their learning experiences. Video is not being used just to improve the student experience directly, it is also used to improve the overall teaching experience. Video is being used for teacher evaluations and collaboration between teachers.
This trend reaches well beyond the classroom and can be seen as part of the application process, orientation, on-boarding, retention, and alumni affiliation. Majority of the respondents to the State of Video in Education study felt that video has a positive impact in all of these fields. We are seeing more and more higher education institutions introduce video applications to their process to enable more self-expression and to attract the right students.
All of these examples are of course just the tip of the iceberg. We expect to see a variety of new applications as schools and institutions experiment with new applications for video. Webcasting is on the rise, expanding classroom capture beyond offline recording to live audiences outside the classroom. Synchronous learning environments and virtual classrooms are being used for study sessions and test prep. All of these new applications and trend point in the same direction. While the classroom will always have a crucial role in education, with video in the learning process, the conversation will continue beyond the walls of the class.

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