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Are instructor videos an essential part of instructor presence in online courses? #HumanMOOC

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No: Videos are high bandwidth and therefore not always accessible in developing countries, so they discriminate against learners with poor/intermittent internet.
by Andy Nobes
 
more than 60% of Egyptian don't have access to internet. And many of those who have access opt fo... more
by Maha4Learning
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Perhaps by offering an audio mp3 alternative (which is easy to do), we can differentiate between ... more
by Andy Nobes
 
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Nell
Yes: Even a short video clip can help learners identify with the character/style of the teacher and put a face to the name
by Andy Nobes
 
Sure, videos can do that, but it seems like this is another quest to replicate f2f classroom for ... more
by Laurakgibbs
2
 
Adding to point above. "Hello" videos can make tutors believe they have established teacher prese... more
by Paul Jinks
 
Videos can allow more nuanced communication than text alone (but it's not a given).
by Paul Jinks
1
 
In some cultures (and I'm thinking in terms of organisations/subject domains as well as national/... more
by Paul Jinks
 
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Andy Nobes
No: Although instructor videos are a great tool to provide strong instructor presence in online courses, such presence can also be established without video.
by Nell Rundle
images, audio, synchronous interactions, 'human' written text, asynchronous interactions can all ... more
 
Good point - videos can distract us from humanising other aspects of online interaction. Would lo... more
by Andy Nobes
 
Video (and images) are powerful means to express identity, emotion, values and ideas. As this bec... more
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Andy Nobes
No: Making good videos is time-consuming (and therefore costly)
by Andy Nobes
 
Also, videos hard to update, improve, reuse. Very time-consuming AND limited lifespan, limited re... more
by Laura Gibbs
1
 
A video is good if it does the job required of it. A 7 minute vid to cover major points of feedba... more
by Paul Jinks
1
 
Tools for making nice videos are getting better, easier and cheaper if not free. Skills required ... more
by Maha4Learning
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It depends on the content/context. Informal videos that may be only used once because they are so... more
by Sundilu
 
Time spent on planning, designing and recording a video with the right type of content for the ri... more
 
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Vanessa
Yes: An online course (particularly those that are largely text-based) can be a somewhat impersonal and lonely experience? So videos can help provide a personal touch
by Andy Nobes
 
Instructor vids set example for student vids in terms of tone, technical standards, length etc. ... more
by Paul Jinks
1
 
are letters (writing) and phone calls (audio) impersonal? Writing does not have to and should not... more
by Vanessa Vaile
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Yes: videos are an essential part in establishing teacher presence, which helps students feel comfortable in the learning environment.
by Andy Nobes
 
Sure, some videos (not all) might help some students (not all) feel comfortable: YMMV. So, I don'... more
by Laurakgibbs
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No: video lectures are no better than other methods of delivery. They also encourage passive participation rather than cognitive presence, and reflecting/engaging with the content in their own way
by Andy Nobes
 
Some topics lend themselves better to visual presentation than others, this goes from 'how to' vi... more
by Paul Jinks
 
Videos do not intrinsically make students passive. They can set up and explore questions rather t... more
by Paul Jinks
3
 
Videos allow students to see an educators passion and enthusiasm for exploring a topic which can... more
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