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A Model for Designing and Developing Video

In an article published in 2019, researchers presented a seven-principle model for designing and developing video lessons for an online computer science course. This model, based on findings from the science of learning, looked like this:

Using this model, researchers created course materials and implemented them over a series of eight semesters, finding that learners preferred the videos created using this model and that learners believed that these videos were effective at helping them understand complicated principles.

The value of this article is that it presents detailed information about best practices in creating instructional videos. Like so many others, the study only researches learners’ perceptions of course effectiveness. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next instructional video series, definitely check this article out -- but know it has limitations.

Key Findings: Videos created with this 7-principle model were liked by learners and were perceived as being effective instructional tools.

Read More (open, full-text available): Ou, C., Joyner, D. A., & Goel, A.K. (2019). Designing and developing video lessons for online learning: A seven-principle model. _Online Learning Journal, 23(_2), 82-104.

Luke is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Intelligent Systems at University of Memphis. His primary research topic is about improving the efficiency of educational software; he wants students to get the most learning they can without wasting time and effort. His favorite upcoming project is entitled: “Adaptive Difficulty for Maximum Attention: Predicting and Preventing Mind-Wandering Within an Adaptive Learning System to Improve STEM Learning.” As you might have guessed, the aim is to predict mind wandering within online educational contexts and adjust difficulty to prevent it.

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