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eLearning Update: Video Lectures in Higher Ed

By Katie Ash — August 18, 2010 1 min read

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that New York University is exploring ways to use technology for large lecture courses, freeing up professors for more personalized instruction.

To do so, professors at the university will be creating free, online videos of their lectures, and for NYU students, they will add supplemental materials to the videos, such as links to the sources they mention in lectures, as well as pop-up definitions and quizzes. The idea is that by not having to give the same lecture over and over, professors can meet one-on-one with students, the article said.

While this example is obviously specific to higher education, would something similar work in K-12? Freeing teachers up to work with students individually would be beneficial to higher education and K-12 students alike, but would K-12 students be able to process a lecture full of information just by watching a video, even with the added materials? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Also, next Wednesday, August 25, Campus Technology and the American Public University System are hosting a free webinar about how to create high-quality online learning environments. To register, create a free account with Campus Technology and sign up here.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.