Beyond Lecture Videos: 4 New Use Cases for Your University Media Platform

More and more schools are seeing the need for video in their classrooms and putting instructors’ lecture videos online for students to access after class, but few are using their university media platforms to their full advantage.

The opportunities for further interaction and engagement with students on a university media platform go far beyond lecture capture. So how can your instructors make the most use out of your institution’s video platform? These four new use cases for your university media platform have the potential to evolve the classroom experience and improve student outcomes.

1. Interactive video quizzes

Instructors can make lecture videos more compelling by incorporating quizzes that keep students engaged with the content, reinforce their understanding and allow instructors to quickly and easily conduct assessments.

Video quizzing has been Ensemble’s most requested feature for the last year, and in our latest version 5.0, we’ve made it available to all users. Instructors can create video quizzes in just three easy steps:

  1. Select the video in Ensemble you want to add quiz questions to.

  2. Add directions and guidelines for the quiz, like whether viewers can skip questions, retake the quiz or see correct answers.

  3. Write and input questions into the video.

2. Short-form videos

Even though lectures provide a great deal of necessary course content, digestible, two to five minute long videos are much more engaging and memorable for students. In addition to class lectures and presentations, your instructors should provides short-form, supplementary course content that is either their own original creation or from other sources.

And while many instructors choose to not make supplementary video content required viewing for their students, with Ensemble Video, your instructors can access analytics to see who’s watched their videos and how many times. This can help them see which of their videos are most helpful to students and which types of video content they should consider creating more of.

3. Demonstrations

Videos that show a science experiment or a mathematical demonstration in action can help further students’ understanding of how things work and why. So, instead of simply delivering facts and formulas via lecture or PowerPoint presentation, instructors can bring curricula to life.

For demonstrative videos, Ensemble Video’s features like closed captions, interactive transcript and search inside can be extremely helpful for students to follow along and gain a deeper comprehension of what’s being presented.

4. Video assignment submissions

As we’ve discussed before, student video assignments can increase classroom engagement in a variety of ways. Creating original videos teaches students valuable technical communications skills and helps them absorb curriculum content more effectively.


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With Ensemble Video’s Dropbox feature, instructors can easily collect and grade student videos without having to worry about navigating multiple YouTube and Vimeo links, or individual video files through email.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ensemble Video or would like to give any of our features a try, sign up for a free trial now. With a comprehensive university media platform like Ensemble Video, your instructors can take their courses to the next level.