The use of video amongst educational institutions is rapidly becoming more popular today. In fact, “86% of colleges have a presence on YouTube,” and “55% of college presidents predict students will take at least some online classes by 2022.”

This is a result of the many benefits that video holds not only for educational institutions, but also for learners. For students, it makes learning possible anytime, anywhere you have internet access. For educators, it strengthens knowledge transfer and makes distance-based learning possible.

Video-based learning is effective as a stand-alone educational tool or as a supporting aid, making it an essential part of the learning process today.To help you use video effectively, we’ve outlined nine ways that it can be used for educational purposes.


Video Content Management

With hundreds of hours of video and digital content being created daily, if not hourly, educational institutions need a way to manage and organize all of it.

A video CMS (Content Management System) makes it easy to securely host and manage multiple types of content in the cloud. A video CMS can also connect to your LMS to enable video within the LMS for lecture capture or online course deployment.

By centralizing all video and digital assets, it’s easier for students to locate and watch the specific content they need. Without a central repository, instructors have no central place to upload content and students will struggle to find the content they are looking for.


Lecture Capture

One of the most popular ways that video is utilized at educational institutions is lecture capture. Lecture capture systems make it possible to capture the full lecture experience. In other words, a lecture capture solution should capture video of the instructor, but also any accompanying devices—like a screen share or documents—that are shared during the lecture. Lecture capture should be able to be ad hoc or planned, making it easy for the instructor to initiate video. Lecture capture should capture any kind of device used in the classroom, whether it’s an iPad, Mac or PC.


Flipped Classroom

In a flipped classroom, the lecture portion of the class takes place outside the classroom with the support of video. Instructors can record their lecture at home or in the classroom and share it with students for viewing anytime. No matter where instructors are recording, it should be easy for instructors to fire up a recording and pause when needed.

A flipped classroom also gives students easier access to help and likely leads to fewer frustrations among students when getting stuck. With more time available for human interaction, everyone wins. This opens up classroom time for discussions and the ability for students to complete work on the spot.


Live Streaming

One way video can be used to connect with students is through the use of live streaming. Live streaming events are held online, which allows students to use a simple link to access live content via the Internet.

It should be easy to initiate a live stream on the spot or as a planned event. Events should be private, giving access only to those with a customized URL to join the meeting. Live streaming might also be used when an instructor needs to live stream to a second classroom or location.

Live streaming can also be used for live music events, graduations or campus-wide events that attract a large audience. It also allows those who can’t travel to the event  the opportunity to still attend, improving student engagement.


Video Assignments and Student Recording

In the event an instructor wishes to assign homework that has a visual and auditory aspect to it, such as a student speech, video assignments are a great way to enable student recording, especially in distance-based learning environments.

Students can record their response to an assignment from anywhere and upload it to your video CMS. For example, a nursing student might record a session with a mock patient that includes a sequence of tasks that need to be performed. Once the student has uploaded their video, instructors can review their videos to determine if they meet the assignment requirements.


Video Accessibility and Captioning

In order to make videos searchable by tag or topic and ADA-compliant, AI-based video accessibility can be used.

Immediately after a video is produced,the YuJa Cloud categorizes the video content and automatically generates topic tags and headers through semantic analysis. Topics become searchable tags, making it simple for students to find relevant content to further their academic goals.

YuJa’s automatic captioning, video and audio transcriptions and audio descriptions help you to comply with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). This act ensures that educational institutions use emerging technologies and communication channels to reach people with disabilities.


Social Learning and In-Video Commenting

Social learning is here to stay given the proliferation of social media among today’s younger learners. Social learning allows students to use a suite of tools that facilitate idea sharing and group collaboration across a variety of modalities, including text, documents and video.

By enabling things like real-time discussions within a shared or live video, media sharing and polls, students can aid each other in the learning process. This method is helping many tech-savvy, social students become more engaged with video content through real-time collaboration when watching video.


Video Conferencing

One way to make distance learners feel like they are in a classroom with the instructor and other students is through the use of video conferencing, which also makes learning possible anywhere.

Instructors can host and conference in students with an internet connection and a URL that is shared with your guests for access to the event.  All that video conferencing requires is a built-in web cam and a mic to hold meetings, tutorials or lectures, for example.