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Including Videos in College Teaching Usually Improves Student Learning, Study Finds

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Including pre-recorded videos in higher education instruction usually improves student learning, according to a comprehensive review of research. Replacing teaching methods with pre-recorded videos leads to small improvements in learning, and supplementing existing content with videos results in strong learning benefits, the researchers found.

The work is described in "Video Improves Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Review," published in Review of Educational Research.

"Overall, when students got videos instead of the usual forms of teaching, the average grade increased from a B to a B+," says co-author Michael Noetel, a research fellow at Australian Catholic University. "When they got videos in addition to their existing classes, the effect was even stronger, moving students from a B to an A."

Videos were found to be more effective for teaching skills than for transmitting knowledge.

The study found that "videos were even better than face-to-face classes with a teacher, although only by only a little," Noetel says.

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