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Video in Education


Want to add another dimension to your teaching? Try videos!  Create your own instructional videoclips with our professional support. From an initial idea to an online videoclip, ready to be watched by your students.

Why Videos?

Videos have proven to be an excellent medium for instruction. They significantly enhance learners’ performance and learning (Ertelt, 2007). Videos can create a realistic and authentic context for learners, in which moving images, recordings, animations and simulations can be supported by a presentation or voice-over of the teacher. Videos can be committed to all sorts of fields and didactics; for explaining concepts, relations, formulas or procedures. For the latter, watching a step-by-step example of the procedure allows learners to see the way to go and the desired outcomes for themselves (Van der Meij, Van der Meij, 2016). The videos enable you as a teacher to transfer large amounts of information in a relatively short period of time. Learning from videos is meaningful and liked by students. They can watch the videos anywhere, anytime and as much as they want.

Video recordings are appropriate for various goals. Many teachers have used these as a preparation to their lectures, which allows for more in-depth face to face lectures. Videos have even been used as a full replacement of lectures, for example by integrating them in a MOOC.

Ertelt, A. (2007). On-screen videos as an effective learning tool. The effect of instructional design variants and practice on learning achievements, retention, transfer, and motivation. (Doctoral dissertation), Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany
Van der Meij, H. & van der Meij, J. (2016). The effects of reviews in video tutorials. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

How to create videos?

Video creation is quite easy! An educational video-expert from the TELT team will work with you and together you will decide for the best type of video for your context. We can help you write a script for your video and support you in the recording studio, where technical professionals are ready to make the most out of your efforts. We also also offer ample training opportunities, with an TV expert, where you learn to present in front of a camera.

Types of video

We distinguish five types of videos, each with their own characteristics and pros and con.

  1. Videolecture
    These are recordings of a lecture you teach in your lecture hall. Videolectures are suitable when you want students to (re-)watch entire lectures.
  2. Screencast
    You record these behind your computer screen, as you walk the viewer through a pre-set presentation or software tutorial. At the same time, you record your talk. Screencasts are great for quick and easy recording.
  3. Pencast
    Using a drawing tablet and pen, you can write and draw anything you need,recording it while you voice over your writing. Pencasts are great for illustrating models.
  4. Microlecture
    This is arguably the type of video with the highest impact - if done right. You are recorded in a professional studio while your visuals are blended in behind you. Microlectures are great for adding a personal touch to your distance teaching.
  5. Event recording
    These are recordings of (parts of) presentations. These are usually filmed from different angles and more up-close. Event recordings are great for many purposes where you want to incorporate a visible audience.


Starting with video in education?

For questions and support in choosing the right format, please consult with the TELT team at

The Centre of Expertise on Learning and Teaching offers several courses, where you will learn about the design and production of an educational video. To get a grasp of the basics, we offer the training How to record an instructional video

We offer a microlecture training, consisting of two practical sessions. This training is offered on demand.

Know already what you need?

To book a videolecture recording in your classroom, you can use the LISA selfservice portal. After logging in, choose Order service > Communication > Videolecture.

To book a microlecture recording studio session, you can use the LISA selfservice portal. After logging in, choose Order service > Communication > Microlecture.