Nov 14 2017
Digital Workspace

3 Key Takeaways from the State of Video in Education Report

Higher education institutions continue to use video as a means to connect with students and boost engagement.

Watching Netflix isn’t the only way higher ed students consume video. It’s also become a regular part of their educations. Kaltura’s The State of Video in Education 2017 report reveals that 99 percent of institutions have teachers who are regularly incorporating video into their curricula.

“Today’s students expect to learn with the help of video, while prospective employers expect them to leave education with the skills necessary to participate in a digital culture,” reads the report.

From lecture capture to in-class assignments, universities are increasingly looking for new ways to make use of video. Here are three key takeaways from the Kaltura report:

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1. Remote Learning and Lecture Lead the Way

At 73 percent of universities, video is used for remote teaching and learning. More than half of higher education institutions are using video as a means to feature remote presenters.

In addition to remote learning, 65 percent of universities are using video for lecture capture. The report finds that 38 percent of colleges capture at least 25 percent of their classrooms and 47 percent want to be able to capture more than half of their classrooms.

Using video conferencing software and lecture capture, universities can connect students in rural and remote locations with instruction they otherwise wouldn’t be able to access.

2. Video Drives Better Student Experiences

Overall, teachers and administrators believe that video use makes students more satisfied with their education and 85 percent believe that it can increase student achievement.

With mobile devices more capable of recording and editing videos, it’s become easier for teachers and students to create their own. The report finds that 62 percent of colleges are using video in student assignments and 60 percent are teaching students skills by videotaping them in class.

3. Students Still Aren’t Creating Videos Regularly

While it has become easier to create video content, surveyed institutions reported that less than 10 percent of students create videos as part of their class work and even less (8 percent) indicate that the majority of their students create videos in class.

However, these numbers seem to be looking up. This year, 21 percent of Kaltura respondents indicate that they believe the majority of students were actively using video, up from 10 percent last year.

Educators indicate in the report that they think the use of video will continue to grow in coming years.

“Video will become easier to use and more established and ‘normal,’” says a system administrator at a North American higher ed institution in the report. “Instead of worrying about video specifically as its own content type or system, it will be just another way of communicating and providing access to content.”

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