5 Ways To Incorporate Video Into Your Next Class Syllabus

The fall semester is in session and students are back on campus! With a fresh set of syllabi in the hands of students, now more than ever is a great time to reflect on the way academic information can be better communicated going forward. One exciting concept to consider—video. Check out these 5 ways to incorporate video content into your institution’s syllabi next semester for improved student engagement.


Introduction Video

Did you know, the class syllabus is likely your instructor’s first impression with students? Based on research conducted by Simple Syllabus, 55% of syllabi reach students before the first day of class (and growing). One way for instructors to stand out and grab a student’s attention is by incorporating a short, 30 second video greeting in the syllabus. The content doesn’t have to be anything complicated, and it gives students a chance to informally meet the instructor, knowing what to expect in advance. According to 68% of educators, video content helps stimulate conversation and there is no better time to get that started than the first day of class!


Jazz Up The Course Overview

Increasingly, schools are relying more on tuition as a funding source versus state appropriations and other channels. For schools that offer distance learning or continuing education options, recruiting prospective students is paramount. Incorporating a Course Overview video can help an institution better illustrate the material covered within a course and get a prospective student interested enough to talk to someone. It can also help students eventually discover programs they may have never considered before. For students already registered, 66% of educators believe video can help with motivation.


Explain Complicated Material

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a video worth? The average college syllabus is more than 6 pages long, with some over 15 pages in length. Video can help explain things in much greater detail, faster! For content that may be more involved, consider adding a video explanation. For instance, a short clip explaining the grading scale and how to have success in the class can be a welcome addition for students.


Embed Other Resources

Sometimes it helps to phone a friend, or in this case, video them. The proliferation of free content on the internet makes it much easier to supplement the material in your classroom. When designing your syllabus, consider embedding the required or suggested digital resources for quick reference by students. Since many platforms are willing to host the content externally, (such as YouTube), it is much easier to accommodate this type of class structure. The benefits of this are substantial! , According to a recent survey by Cisco, 61% of educators believe video content is preferred by students to traditional mediums.


Include Instructions

In a recent survey conducted by Simple Syllabus, 54% of students felt that the content contained within their class syllabi needed improvement. The biggest area of complaint? The assignment list and class schedule. Instructors can now enhance the syllabus and provide students with better information by including instructional videos. Show a video on how to submit an assignment digitally, or explain to students how to properly format their documents, all more directly within the syllabus.


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