Creating Audiovisual Material for Task- and Project-Based Learning: How to Improve Learning with the Support of Explanatory Videos

By Alfonso Gago and Mercedes Vico.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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A new generation of students, called ‘digital natives’, has assimilated with digital technologies and perfected, in their personal development, an expression system closely linked to audiovisual contents. These are mainly obtained and used through the Internet. These contents are easy to generate, edit, and share through new technological tools and digital social networks. Nowadays, the students who populate classrooms are accustomed to using new technologies, especially through play, and has a high ability to find and assimilate information from these technologies. However, these students also show a tendency to quickly discard all elements which they are not interested in, without reflection on the knowledge or the experiences that they could have obtained. In this paper, we show several useful techniques for audiovisual educational content generation to provide our students with incentives, motivation, and involvement in the learning process. These tools, if they are generated in a proper way, will not only promote learner interest, but will also help professors and teachers lead large groups of students. Through this article, we want to use our own teaching experiences as examples so that other teachers may better understand how to: (1) find licensed online content that be can be reused; (2) modify these contents to adequately adapt them to our students; (3) generate our own audiovisual material in such ways that are direct, useful, and attractive to modern students; (4) edit audiovisual material with open or free license software to fit a maximum number of possible needs and add interesting educational effects, such as the combination of graphics and diagrams.

Keywords: Videos, Tutorials, Practices, Projects, Blended Learning

The International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 21, Issue 1, December 2014, pp.9-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 15, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 894.243KB)).

Dr Alfonso Gago

Research Personnel, Department of Electronics, University of Málaga, Málaga, Málaga, Spain

Mercedes Vico

Professor, Department of Education, University of Málaga, Málaga, Málaga, Spain