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In the interactive learning model, traditional lecture content is moved out of classroom to online video and other resources. The 60-minute lecture format is divided into a series of video tutorials, which typically are:
- 8-15 min in length and focused on a specific topic
- formatted according to the instructor’s preference, whether a screen capture of a writing tablet, a direct video address, or a hybrid approach
- enhanced with embedded quizzes
- reinforced by reading materials and other resources
What are the Benefits?
Online video puts the mastery of content under the direct control of students, who can asynchronously study at a pace that meets their individual needs. In a traditional lecture, students are walked through the material once at a set pace and leave with variable understanding.
Quizzes and reflective questions within the videos allow students to check their understanding as they are learning a new concept.
Greater flexibility for student
Students can engage with the content at a time and place that is convenient for them and when they have the best focus. This flexibility in turn frees up time for elective coursework, research, exercising and other activities.
Higher quality of content
Rather than repeating the same lecture with varying success year after year, instructors can craft their best explanation of key concepts in a series of videos. These in turn can be integrated into a larger curricular framework. As new research emerges, specific video modules can be updated.
Searchable online library
The use of short videos allows for the segmentation of the ever-growing body of knowledge. Overtime these modules can form a searchable online library, which learners throughout their careers can access to review topics of interest.
Iterative improvement of video content
Data from embedded quizzes provide granular feedback on which concepts students are not absorbing. Faculty can use these data to devise and test new approaches to challenging topics.