Survey Results: How Educators Approach Video in Fall 2020

Rebecca Rozakis
Updated November 17 2020
how educators use video in schools in 2020
Rebecca Rozakis
Updated November 17 2020

While March 2020 may have upended everything we knew about education, the last few months have been something else – a new but shifting normal. What did the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year actually look like, though? How are real educators approaching today’s challenges? How has educators’ feelings about video and education changed?


It’s clear that video has stopped being a nice-to-have and started being mission critical. But we wanted to get a snapshot of what real educators had to say. Every year, Kaltura takes a survey on the state of video in education. We reached out and more than 500 educators from around the world responded. (While the majority of respondents were from higher education, we had a number of participants from K-12/primary/secondary education as well.) This year, it was more critical than ever to find out what’s changing…and what stayed the same.


Highlights from the State of Video in Education 2020 Survey

survey results about how educators use video for education in fall 2020

How Many Schools Went All-Virtual in Fall 2020?

31% of schools are 100% virtual in fall 2020

About a third of respondents’ institutions decided to move entirely online for this semester, at least. (We did allow for excepting a very small percentage of students living on campus but attending classes online for humanitarian, etc., reasons.)


Two-thirds, however, are trying to make at least some in-person activities.

No Standard Format for How to Do Classes During COVID-19

Diving deeper, take a look at some of the possible formats for classes in the infographic above. The majority of schools are using multiple formats across their institutions, depending on size of class, whether a class is a lab or lecture, and so on.

Live and Real-Time Classes and Lectures

There’s no clear winner. Almost 2/3 of institutions are using fully virtual classrooms, in which students participate remotely (no in-person options offered, more interactivity than a simple broadcast of a lecture). More than half offer live broadcasts of lecture capture (in which students have minimal options for interactivity), whether that’s from the instructor’s home (54%) or from an empty classroom on campus (49%).

Classes On-Demand

Asynchronous options are also popular, whether recorded at home (58%) or onsite (47%).

Some In-Person Still Available

Many institutions are also offering in-person options, whether that’s smaller in-person classes (49%), hybrid classrooms (56%), or in-person labs or experiential classes (48%).

Almost Everyone Using a Combination of Approaches

Only 13% said they were only using one of the presented options. (The options we asked about aren’t exhaustive – it’s likely schools are using even more variations.) 37% of schools are using 2-4 of these formats. 44% are using more than five (including 17% who reported using every single format we listed!)

There’s No Right Way to Handle Classes in 2020

Not only is every school different, but most schools are using a variety of formats for different classes. As the situation continues to change, flexibility will be key. Choose technologies that will allow your instructors to adapt as the situation continues to evolve.