Draw All Learners In: The Power of Immersive Video-based Lessons

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Brief Abstract

Join Jason Webb, Syracuse University’s Instructional Analyst, and PlayPosit Co-Founder Sue Germer for an inside look at how their instructional design partnership has led to a powerful HyFlex approach, innovation, and data-driven impact.


Jason has a Masters in Technology Education from SUNY Oswego and Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum from Syracuse University that focuses on Extended Reality in Education. He currently works with instructors and students on campus to help them immerse themselves in educational technology to help tell their stories.
Sue Germer received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. She practiced law for several years before joining the Teach For America corps where she and her cofounder, Ben Levy, created PlayPosit to engage their students. Now, Sue oversees all partnerships with PlayPosit and continues to focus her life and career on educational access and equity.

Extended Abstract

Syracuse University began its partnership with PlayPosit in the Fall of 2019 with the goal of immersing students in flipped, hybrid, and online videos. Since then, Webb and his team have been personalizing the online and asynchronous learning experience with video: learners move at their own pace, instruction is captured in real-time, and learners can watch on their own terms. Unfortunately, though, this creates a disconnect for faculty assigning the content -- are students actually watching the content? Moreover, are students actually understanding the content faculty created? How do you know?

This session focuses on reconnecting faculty to learners in the online learning environment through the medium of video-based lessons. Among other questions answered during this session, here are a few:

  • How do your faculty make their video content-rich?
  • Interactive?
  • Pedagogically oriented?
  • Data-driven?

Video is increasingly foundational for the success of online courses. But why are some applications successful while others struggle to engage learners? This session highlights how Syracuse has harnessed the power of PlayPosit’s interactive video platform to make video lessons hyper-engaging while using data to inform future instruction.