The purpose of this unit is to briefly inform you on the opportunities and benefits of using video in teaching. You are also able to listen to different testimonials by teachers, who are experienced in using video in teaching and who are describing the perceived benefits of using video in their teaching.

We are also listing different aspects of why using video in teaching, both from the teacher’s and the student’s point of view.

The goal of the whole module is
  • To teach you to produce your own material (less problems with copyright infringements)
  • To lower the threshold for you to start producing videos for and together with your students
  • To enhance your understanding of the concept of producing and distributing videos
  • To increase your awareness of time frames and equipment needed for video production
  • To encourage co-producing, where your students are doing the recording in the classroom
  • To encourage you to use the technical expertise of your students, while the responsibility for the content and the pedagogical aim is still yours as teacher




See One – Rationale for using video in teaching (Why)
  • Teachers’ rationale for using video in teaching
  • Students’ rationale for using video in teaching
  • Reflections on own rationale for using video in teaching
  • To have knowledge on rationale and benefits of using video in teaching
  • To be able to make own decisions on using video in teaching

Why using video in teaching

There are benefits both for the teacher and the students of using video in teaching. Some teachers are reporting that their students retain more information by videos, they understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about learning. Videos can at the best inspire and increase the students motivation to learn and enhance their learning experience.

 Students study videos in advance and are better prepared for class

 Time spent in class is in better use for discussions and clarifications on difficult issues

 Students can repeat afterwards what they have learnt in class

 Teachers can share their own video material with other educational institutions and teachers

 Videos can be used as repetition in following courses

 More possibilities to address students with different learning patterns and capabilities

 Videos are also useful for students, who has not been able to attend class, because they can watch the material afterwards and can keep up with the learning


Below we have listed some benefits of using video in teaching from the teachers' and the students' point of view.

Benefits for the teachers
Benefits for the students
 Teaching material and course content can be reused  Possibilities to take part in teaching in different ways
 Difficult elements, concepts and theories can be described  Flexible learning independent of time and place
 The time spent in the classroom can be dedicated to individual attention and tutoring  To rehearse previous lessons and catching up previous learning
 The teacher become familiar with digital media and the same tools as the student  The students are more involved and activated when sharing their expertise and knowledge on digital media and video production
To engage the expertise of the students in producing video material  Video material is co-created by the teacher and the students together

Video is useful for

 individual tutoring

 use as supportive material in other courses (i.e. repetition of previous courses)

 sustainable solutions, i.e. experiments, costly materials, non-accessible equipment

 demonstration of time consuming content, i.e. experiments


Watch the following testimonials with teachers from Iceland and Finland explaining the benefits of using video in teaching.

For more videos visit: https://relobie.wordpress.com/videos-in-education/why-videos


  • Do you find any valuable ideas in the testimonials?
  • Are there any tips in the testimonials you could implement in your own teaching?
  • Can you find more benefits for using video in teaching?
  • Do you know how to doodle?
    • Open your learning journal and start reflecting on your own experiences of using video in teaching.
    • You can choose to write down, or doodle your thoughts. You can create a mind map, draw a sketch or make any other illustration.