Do You Really Need a Video?

[Here’s an article from  Edsurge that looks at MOOCs. I think the author’s comments also fit into the conversation about Flipped Learning. Do you need to create your videos in order to have a successful learning experience with a MOOC or Flipped Classroom?]
Lorena A. Barba
May 11, 2015


The participants of #NumericalMOOC will have noticed that we made only one video for the course. I thought that maybe I would do a handful more. But in the end I didn’t, and I don’t think it matters too much.

Why didn’t we have more videos? The short answer is budget and time: Making good-quality videos is expensive, and making simple yet effective educational videos is time consuming, if not necessarily costly. #NumericalMOOC was created on-the-fly, with little budget. But here’s my point: expensive, high-production-value videos are not necessary to achieve a quality learning experience.

The fixation with videos in MOOCs, online courses and blended learning is worrisome. At the edX Global Forum (November 2014), it was often mentioned that producing a MOOC is a high-cost operation, with an estimated average expense of $100,000 per course. This is probably a somewhat overindulgent price for appearance, rather than substance. There is no evidence justifying the “production value” from a learning perspective. In fact, as far back as 1971, Donald Bligh concluded that “there is not much difference in the effectiveness of methods to present information.” In this sense, a video—however nicely produced—is not better than a lecture.

Read more…

China encourages MOOCs in HE transformation drive – University World News

See on Scoop.itUsing Technology to Transform Learning

China encourages MOOCs in HE transformation drive University World News Chinese universities such as Tsinghua, Peking and Shanghai Jiao Tong were now launching MOOCs to “join the club” of first-class universities in the world, to share resources…

Norton Gusky‘s insight:

With China, India, and Brazil joining the MOOC movement what will that mean for higher education across the globe?

See on www.universityworldnews.com