Video in Education


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

Why Videos?

Videos have proven themselves to be an excellent medium for instruction. They significantly enhance learners’ performance and learning[1]. 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[2]. 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.

[1] 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
[2] 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 easy! We get you connected with an educational video-expert and together you look at the best suited type of video for your education. He or she can help you write a script for your video and supports you in the recording studio, where technical professionals are ready to make the most out of your efforts. TELT also offers trainings, taught by a tv news presenter, where you learn to present in front of a camera. You can create as much videos as you want!

Types of video

We distinguish between five types of videos, each with their own characteristics and pros and cons

  1. Microlecture
    This is the most popular type of video. It’s recorded in a professional studio, in front of a camera and a green screen. Your slides are projected next to or behind you. Microlectures are great for adding a personal touch to your distance teaching.
  2. Pencast
    These record whatever you write down or draw (both physically or virtually), while you voice over your writing. Pencasts are great for illustrating models.
  3. Screencast
    These are recorded behind a computer screen, as you walk the viewer through a pre-set presentation, for example a PowerPoint-presentation. At the same time, you voice-over. Screencasts are great for quick and easy recording.
  4. Videolecture
    These are recordings of a lecture you teach in your lecture hall. Videolectures are great when you want students to (re-)watch entire lectures.
  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.


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

Available services and products

The Centre of Expertise on Learning and Teaching offers several courses, where you will learn about the design and production of an educational video.  You can find them on the individual pages. To get a grasp of the basic, we offer the following training: