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Using Media to Pace Your Class
Tools and Tips for Incorporating Video

By Geoff Klock / August 2010

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  • Tue, 21 Sep 2010
    Post by Anna

    I am a student and I can vouch for everything you said in this article. Sometimes my classes are upwards of an hour and half. Some professors don't break up that time at all and some stumble around with crappy Youtube clips (which teaches the students to do the same). I will use this article for any of my future teach-the-class presentations.

  • Wed, 08 Sep 2010
    Post by Dennis

    Great Article

  • Mon, 21 Dec 2009
    Post by Lisa Chamberlin

    One of the selling features of online learning is that it eliminates redundant busy work (if well-designed). Other than the possible student testing out of the class, pre-tests are simply busy work to tell the student and the instructor that "yep, he/she doesn't know this material (s)he signed up to learn". In a word, "Duh".

    The likeliest culprit for pre-tests existing in the eLearning world is that instructors teach how they were taught. Unless we apply conscious, intentional design, we perpetuate the good, the bad, and the everything in between of our own educational upbringing.

  • Fri, 09 Jan 2009
    Post by Elizabeth

    Unfortunately, in K-12 e-learning pre-tests are a necessity as under NCLB we have to show that students are making progress as well as mastery. It can also be a valuable tool to assess if the online material is actually teaching what it is designed to teach.

  • Fri, 19 Dec 2008
    Post by Rutger van der Kaaij

    On your last Clark, yes the content was not needed for Sabine, but perhaps it was very useful for most of her collegues. Sabine on the other hand wants to learn more about another subject. The trick is to analyse the learnning needs and to organise the learning content.

  • Sun, 30 Nov 2008
    Post by Clark Quinn

    Allison, yep, hadn''t considered the ''self-esteem''. Mark, underused indeed, because valuable when it can be done as Sabine points out. However, if the questions are obvious, have to ask whether the content really is needed!

  • Tue, 25 Nov 2008
    Post by Mark Notess

    Also agree, though I think they are still under-utilized for the legitimate purpose you describe--letting students opt out of the parts they don''t need.

  • Tue, 25 Nov 2008
    Post by Allison Rossett

    Been "on" this for years. My main beef is that it shows how smart the program is and how dumb the students are. that depresses their confidence, which is brutal for persistence.