Michele Johnson & Jessica Jagodzinske - Video



Easy. Powerful. Flexible.

Video is a powerful teaching tool to increase student comprehension and instructor presence. We have resources, equipment, and support to make producing video content for your courses simple and easy. Choose from a variety of options to select the format that works best for you and your class.

Why use video?

  • Create a consistent message and experience
  • "Flip" your classroom to use video for lecture content before class and class time for interactive experiences
  • Capture concepts that may be difficult for students to grasp
  • Observe and capture class interactions (labs, role-playing) for review and discussion
  • Provide expanded access to course material.

Action Cameras in Health Sciences

Academic Technologies has two Action Cameras (essentially GoPros) that allow for easy video capture and first-person perspectives during class. The cameras can be mounted in a variety of interesting ways, including onto a user's head, chest or wrist. Several faculty in Health Sciences have been using these cameras this Spring. Email Eric at emistry@css.edu for a demo or with any questions.
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Picture: One of the Action Cameras mounted in a nursing simulation lab.
Q&A with Michele Johnson, OT &
Jessica Jagodzinske, Nursing

1. How have you used the action camera in your class?

MJ: In OTH 5503 Motor Functioning, ... students observe infants who are brought to the Health Science Center at different stages of development. This semester we are using the action cameras to record these observations.

JJ: We have used it as an “eye in the sky” for taping student behaviors in response to patient conditions in simulation lab.

2. What benefits does having video footage bring to the learning experience?

JJ: Well they say there is always three versions of the truth. The camera allows the students to examine how things really went, rather than how they or others perceived their actions. The student can then accurately reflect and ask questions about the course of the exercise, having a concrete frame of reference.

MJ: Each observation is uploaded to YouTube then Blackboard. This enhances the students learning as they can review the observation as many times as they need in order to broaden their understanding. In addition, the use of closed captioning on the YouTube format allows for increased access to all learners. ... The use of the action camera allows the instructor to utilize many different positions and viewpoints.

3. Where do you see yourself using these in future education?

MJ: My hope is to have the students wear the action cameras as they are completing hands on experiences. This will allow them to review their approach and make changes based on how they viewed their own performance.

JJ: Ideally, I will be using this in all of my simulation labs. Additionally, I may use to enhance my own teaching by turning the camera on myself.

4. Anything else you'd like to add about your experience?

JJ: I think the action camera is a wonderful teaching tool for anyone who is instilling skills as part of their curriculum.

MJ: Because of this help and support [from Academic Technology], our department has decided to move forward with purchasing our own action cameras.

Use Zoom For Screen Recordings

Easily create screen recordings or videos of your slide presentations, websites, paper reviews, or processes. Click here to check out the Zoom Information Page full of tutorials, videos, and other instructions.


a video camera and microphone setup on a tripod facing a presenter and audience at the same time

Content that can be reused multiple times and that impacts a large number of people is a good candidate for Professional Video Production. Do you have a topic that would benefit from professional filming?


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Associate Professor James Crane, English, uses the Lightboard

If you can write on a whiteboard while teaching, you can easily use the Lightboard. Previous Lightboard topics have included math education, literature analysis, computer data models, economic interest rates, and more.

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Tips and Best Practices Infographic created by Sarah Larson, Learning Technologist
Having trouble reading the infographic? Click it for a full-sized version.
Contact Eric Mistry (emistry@css.edu) with your video questions, or visit with anyone on the Academic Technologies Team about the benefits of video.