Now You See Me: Using Video to Support Online Students

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Brief Abstract

When institutions closed their buildings mid-semester to help slow the spread of COVID-19, faculty had to quickly shift to emergency remote teaching. Join me as we examine how using video can help support students when teaching online, whether due to a crisis or by design. 


Dr. Joanna Zimmerle is an assistant professor of education in the Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her research interests include teacher education, online learning, digital responsibility, and social media in education.

Extended Abstract

Faculty were thrust into emergency remote teaching (ERT) when institutions closed their buildings in the middle of the spring 2020 semester in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. When your course was designed for delivery on the ground, how do you lecture or provide guided instruction in online spaces? How do you get students together to collaborate? How do you give feedback? How do you offer extra support for students who are struggling? One effective answer is through the use of video tools.

Despite limitations imposed by the shift to ERT, some best practices in online learning can also work well during times of crisis when instruction is forced to move online. In particular, methods that include video can help students feel more connected and be able to continue in high-quality practices such as direct instruction, collaboration, and feedback.

This presentation offers demonstrations of both synchronous and asynchronous video practices that are easy to create with the help of online video tools for instructors. It is useful whether you are teaching online by design or by default. The presentation also includes exciting opportunities for collaboration from the audience using the hashtag #OLCnowyouseeme on Twitter. Please join me for an examination of helpful video-based methods that you can use to increase engagement and learning in your online courses. 


This session includes a slow-chat on Twitter during which the presenter will pose questions related to using video in online learning, and attendees will have the opportunity to weigh-in. Attendees can also add to their personal learning networks (PLNs) as they collaborate on Twitter. 


Individuals who attend this presentation will be able to discuss effective ways in which video can be used to engage students in online courses. They will also have access to a digital “handout” listing each of the strategies presented. And finally, they will be able to connect with the presenter and other attendees via Twitter to collaborate on this topic and build their PLNs.