Yet today we are only just grasping the use of video (or the motion picture). Why is that?
Looking at previous options for imparting information to students, an educator had to write. Writing was the main form of communication available (it might have been in different formats, e.g. handwritten, printed or electronic text) but if we look at in its most familiar form, as print, we all know how the print revolution changed the world and how it allowed that communication to scale (McLuhan, 1962).
Most human communication is non-verbal; when you watch a video you see things and pick up on nuances that cannot be conveyed by text alone. Now that most mobile devices can film in high definition, and quicker download speeds can handle streaming video, the possibilities for using video to support learning have become a reality. Ease of access to videos via the internet has enabled a more powerful form of communication at scale.
At the University of Glasgow, we have sought to enable staff to make the best use of this technology, technically and pedagogically. Through a series of workshops, with hands-on opportunities to film and edit video with their own mobile devices, we have informed on the importance of lighting, framing, setting and sound as well as film and television conventions to create a professional looking production. We have also encouraging staff to use one particular pedagogical framework (Koumi, 2006) to assess video for quality as well as developing their knowledge and skills to encourage students to work collaboratively to create videos for knowledge construction and assessment purposes.
McLuhan, M. (1962). The gutenberg galaxy: the making of typographic man.University of Toronto Press.
Koumi, Jack. (2006). Designing Video and Multimedia for Open and Flexible Learning (The Open and Flexible Learning Series)
Robert Reuter posted an update in the session Empowering educators to create quality video with mobile devices  2 years, 10 months ago
Which microphone shouldi get to hook up to my iPhone that’s got good quality but is not too expensive?