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Types of Media for the Online Classroom

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Types of Media

Types of Media

There are many types of media to include in an online class. Everything from Audio, Video, PPT Voice Overs, Screen Captures, Conferencing videos, Interactive videos, and a combination of video types to name a few.


Audio files are fairly simple. They are usually in the form of MP3’s. It can be used to listen to reading, music clips, or any form of audio only files. It can be useful to help students in understanding language pronunciations or listen to music compositions. In the past few years podcast have become very popular. Text to speech software has also become popular, allowing instructors of easily convert text files into audio instruction. This conversion is not intended to replace the written word, but help the audio learner and busy student to learn on the go.


Used in conjunction with exercises and discussion question Video files can be used to enhance the learning process for many students. Various technology exist today to easily make video files available to students. Faculty can even create brief lectures with cell phones, ipads and other readily available products.

PPT Voice-Over

PowerPoint shows have become a classroom standard for classroom lecture presentation. By using tools available within the presentation software, a voice over can add clarity to the visual content. Having both the visual clues and the audio explanations can enhance the student learning experience.

Screen Captures

Screen captures allow faculty members to capture events happening on their digital screen and preserve it in a video format. Depending on the method of capture, voice-overs may be included in the final video file. This is a good method of demonstrating steps to a process. Examples may include a demonstration of how to use a particular piece of software or how to log on to a specific website.

Conferencing Videos

Conferencing software is most often used in synchronous meeting events, but some conferencing software allows you to record the meeting for later viewing. The advantage to this software is often it combines a number of elements to help convey a richer learning experience. Often the software records a video of the speaker as well as the speaker’s whiteboard or desktop. The major drawback to this software is the inability to edit the final product.

Interactive Instructions

Interactive instructions is one of the more difficult media to create. It involves software that requires a high level of expertise to master. It often involves a combination of several types of media such as images, videos, and sounds. The final product requires students to interact with the information provide within the media.

There are other types of media available for the online classroom but these will be the main I focus on in this article.


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

Tips for Using Streaming Media in an Online Course

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Tips for Using Streaming Media

Tips for Using Streaming Media

Four basic rules to using media in the online class include:

  1. Be clear about your Instructional Goals
  2. Integrate your media with student activities
  3. The media should be easy to identify and locate
  4. Keep media clips short

Using streaming media successfully in an online course depends on its integration in the course and how it applies to student learning. As an instructor your first job is to be clear about your instructional goals and choose media that helps you meet those objectives. Adding media for the sake of media distracts from purpose of the class.

As instructor you will need to integrate your media with student activities. That means you cannot post a video and expect the students to know what they should receive from the media. You must prepare students for viewing the media clip by introducing the clip and explaining its purpose. You should explain what to watch or listen for in the clip. After they have completed the video have them do something with what they have learned in the video such as answer a question or participate in a discussion.

The media should also be easy to identify and locate. You do not want to explain the video and activities in one location and expect the students to hunt for the video elsewhere in the class. It should be an integrated part of the course materials that flows with the structure and sequence of the learning module.

Watching educational videos is not the same as watching a 2 hour blockbuster movie. It is should not be a mind numbing experience, therefore keep media clips short and to the point. Most research suggest that the media should be under 10 minutes in length. You can do this by dividing content into small sections and choosing only the most applicable portions of video/audio for viewing.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

Pedagogy for Streaming Media in the Online Class

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Pedagogy for Streaming Media

Pedagogy for Streaming Media

Streaming media helps puts learning in the hands of the student and gives the instructor options on types of material available. As for student learning, students:

  • can re-wind and replay at their own speed
  • will have the ability to repeat/pause the media
  • can take in more information when presented visually
  • receive information quickly compared to reading long text files
  • can learn anywhere, anytime

Faculty can use streaming media to:

  • provide an interactive teaching environment
  • deliver dynamic presentations and content
  • generate support for teaching and learning
  • provide a mix of content for students
  • address different learning styles
  • compliment lectures and other course material

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

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