When a Video Alone Isn’t Enough to Engage Them (Another TESOL 2017 Treasure)

Many teachers are already sharing videos with their students. This is even more true of those teaching in a flipped classroom. So how does that work? You ask students to watch a video on their own, but how do you know if they’re fully engaged while watching it? How do you know if they understand the content well? Do you have to wait until your next face-to-face lesson to check comprehension or to prompt language production?

At TESOL 2017, Christine Guro of the Hawaiian English Language Program at University of Hawaii at Manoa gave a talk on Using EDpuzzle to Create Video-based Lessons. She demonstrated the use of EDpuzzle for increasing learner engagement with video. After registering as a teacher, you can embed the URL of an online video or upload your own to the EDPuzzle site. The app works on a desktop computer or mobile device (iOS or Android). There’s even a YouTube extension.

What exactly can you do? First, you can easily trim a video and use a much shorter excerpt to build a lesson. You can then embed questions or audio recordings. For example, through an audio recording you can give a quick intro to the video or tell students what to focus on.  There are two question formats: multiple choice and open-ended. You choose at what points you wish to insert the questions. I also discovered it’s painless to move the position of the questions on the timeline, even after creating them. Adding feedback for correct and incorrect answers is also easy. After you save your work, EDpuzzle gives you the options to allow skipping and to set a due date.

Your newly packaged lesson can be sent to your students. Be sure to ask them to register and use your class code. I noticed social media links for quick sharing. You can also embed your video lesson in your LMS. The EDpuzzle platform is quite robust and user-friendly. Log in and see detailed analytics. How many times did students view the video? When did they last watch it? How well did they answer the questions?  A teacher can get a class report or view an individual’s performance. When a student submits a response to an open-ended question, it appears on the student progress page, where you can assign a grade and post a comment.

EDpuzzle creations go into a public archive, the EDpuzzle Library, which conveniently allows reuse of any lesson. The good news for creators is that you can edit your work even after publishing. That’s one thing I didn’t find possible on TinyTap, which offers similar possibilities with video.

What would you do with EDpuzzle? Got ideas? Please share.

Many thanks to Christine Guro for introducing EDpuzzle to all of us in the Electronic Village! More TESOL 2017 highlights to come.

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