Add Enrichment with Audio and Video Resources

Consider how you could enhance your Active Learning activities by pairing them with audio and video resources. These resources help deepen students’ understanding, provide aural and visual variety, and encourage the inclusion of additional perspectives. To provide students with the maximum benefit, present each resource with an introductory sentence or two and at least one question to consider.

Depending on whether you would like to curate third-party materials or create your own, there are several types of audio and video content to consider using:

  • Third-party audio (Spotify)
  • Original audio recordings
  • Third-party videos (YouTube or Vimeo)
  • Original screencasts or recorded slide presentations
  • Original live-action videos

Third-party resources, which must be approved by our licensing team, can be excellent additions to a project if you have concerns about limited time or bandwidth for developing original content. In contrast, original audio and/or video materials may best complement a project if it is important to address unusual topics or demonstrate particular skills or techniques.

Additional resources: For further guidance on using third-party audio and video resources, see Quick Guide: Selecting and Recording Audio and Guidelines for Selecting YouTube and Vimeo Videos. For further details regarding how to create original video recordings, check with your project editor.

Measure Students' Understanding

Finally, use Active Learning to create assessments that gauge whether students have grasped the material. Assessments such as discussion boards, assignments, and quizzes assist in measuring whether students have become fully proficient in the skills and content areas covered in your book or course:

  • Auto-graded quiz questions help determine students’ comprehension and analysis skills while lessening the instructor’s burden of grading and feedback.
  • Open-ended quiz questions, discussion boards, and assignments help measure higher Bloom’s levels and evaluate students’ critical thinking, reasoning, and self-expression.

Additional resources: For further details regarding how to create quizzes, discussion boards, and assignments, check with your project editor.