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5 practical ways to leverage multimedia in courseware

By Rachel Peachey on Jun 17, 2022 11:38:28 AM

Description: A woman in a green turtleneck and glasses sits at a wooden table, smiling down at a colorful laptop.

As recently as twenty years ago, university and ongoing education courses relied on lectures and textbooks alone. Today’s students immerse themselves in course material through a wide range of multimedia resources and interactive courseware. 

A multimedia or multimodal approach to learning is not only more interesting for students but also brings learning benefits. Multimedia tools and resources can help bring abstract concepts to life, boost student motivation and interest, and introduce large amounts of information efficiently, among other advantages.

As a courseware or instructional designer, you naturally want to bring all of these benefits to your students. Here are five practical ways to create a multimodal environment in your courseware:

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies Video in Digital Learning Multimodal Learning
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Our Next Chapter: Boclips + Achieve Partners

By Boclips on Jun 9, 2022 1:38:04 PM

Topics: News and Announcements
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New Content Roundup: May 2022

By Boclips on Jun 2, 2022 9:58:59 AM

The Content team at Boclips is gearing up to attend VidCon in June. In preparation, they’ve been building up our content pipeline — opening applications for video commissions, launching a quarterly newsletter for educational content creators, and adding new content to the roster.

For a look at some of the latest videos added to Boclips’ collection, check out the clips below.

Topics: Video Content Partners
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Top 3 Takeaways from the 2022 ASU+GSV Summit

By Rachel Peachey on May 27, 2022 8:30:00 AM


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Inspirational, innovative, and provocative are just a few words to describe the recent ASU+GSV 2022 Summit. With a theme of “Ed On the Edge,” the conference featured world-class speakers who sparked essential conversations about education.

The energy of so many talented and passionate education professionals in one place was palpable throughout the conference. We were thrilled to attend and meet other people committed to innovation in education technology. 

Most of all, we were thrilled to return to Boclips with inspiration that would influence and improve our work. 

Here are some of our key takeaways from the conference:

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Video in Digital Learning
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A User's Guide to Multimodal Learning

By Rachel Peachey on May 19, 2022 2:45:20 PM

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Which would be more memorable for you, reading a section of a textbook about an event in history, or watching a musical that depicts that same historical event? 

If you answered “watching a musical,” then you know the power of multimodal learning. When building effective, engaging lessons, teachers and instructional designers know that you can’t just give students reading materials and expect them to understand the content. Multimodal learning helps boost engagement, build connections, and improve learning overall. 

Yet, what exactly is multimodal learning, what are some examples of its use, and how does it benefit learners?  

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies Multimodal Learning
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Are Applications of Learning Styles Theory Effective?

By Rachel Peachey on May 10, 2022 1:00:00 PM

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Learning styles are viewed in a positive light by many people. You may agree that, at worst, learning styles are harmless and at best they improve learning. What damage could the theory of learning styles possibly cause?

If everyone understood how to apply learning styles theory, the answer would be “Very little. In fact, they can do a lot of good.”

Unfortunately, people’s beliefs surrounding learning styles aren’t always accurate. Up to 90% of people believe that learners perform better when taught in their predominant learning style. Yet, the idea that visual learners should only have visually-focused lessons, or that audio lessons require audio-based lessons, is largely a myth. This rigid take on learning styles doesn’t take into account details like course content, the diversity of student needs, and more. 

So, what problems does this belief create?

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies
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New Content Roundup: April 2022

By Boclips on May 2, 2022 1:54:24 PM

This April, Boclips’ Content team didn’t just host its first annual Boclips Creator Conference. The team also added a ton of new educational videos to the platform and, for the first time ever, podcasts.

To see some of their top picks, take a look at the Boclips-hosted content below.

Topics: Video Content Partners
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Have you been thinking all wrong about learning styles?

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 25, 2022 8:00:00 AM

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If you work in the field of education, then you’ve probably heard of learning styles. The idea that some people learn best visually, while others are auditory learners has long been popular in education. Perhaps you even took a learning styles quiz as a student.

People generally agree that learning styles can explain some of the differences in performance and preferences for learning among students. But, when it comes to learning styles’ effects on performance, where’s the evidence? Are learning styles valid? Or, is there more to learning styles than meets the eye? 

Topics: Issues in Education Tips for Using Video
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4 Things All Curriculum Designers Should Know about Learning Styles

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 13, 2022 8:30:00 AM

 

Description: A young girl with a red laptop sits on a microfiber couch in her home, participating in a Zoom call for school. Photo by Maria Thalassinou.

The concept of learning styles is pervasive in the field of education. Nearly 80% of educators reported that they used or had intentions of using teaching methods that matched the learning styles of their students. 

Despite their ubiquity, learning styles have recently earned a controversial reputation. As a curriculum designer, you may wonder what you should know about learning styles. What are they, where did they come from, and what are the critiques and controversies surrounding this theory? Perhaps most importantly, what are practical takeaways for curriculum designers? Let’s get into it!

Topics: Issues in Education Video and Teaching Tools Video in Digital Learning
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4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Use Educational Videos Effectively

By Rachel Peachey on Apr 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM

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If you’re an instructional designer, you are very familiar with video content. You may have designed entire courses around a series of lecture videos.

Well-chosen educational videos that align with the curriculum and take the right pedagogical approach can be very beneficial for learning experiences. They may even improve student outcomes. That said, the internet is brimming with videos that may or may not be appropriate for any given lesson. Instructional designers must carefully consider the specific purpose a video will serve when including it in a course, training, or lesson.

Fortunately, there are many creative and effective ways to enhance course design with video content. Here are 4 different educational video strategies to add to your instructional designer toolkit:

Topics: Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning