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Over 99% of Students Use Videos in Their Coursework

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    Just how essential is video in education these days?

    For answers, we turn to the Oregon State University research study “Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Captions & Transcripts.”

    Have Any of Your Courses Included Videos?

    99.7% of students take classes with video
    Out of 2123 higher education students surveyed, a whopping 99.7% answered that at least one course they’re taking uses video.

    Video may be watched in class, assigned to watch for homework, or used for research.

    Video use may also include lecture capture recordings, whether the lecture is used for remote students, students with disabilities, or as a supplement to classes attended.

    Face-to-Face vs. Online Courses

    The frequency and importance of video corresponds partly to whether the student is taking online-only classes or in-person classes.

    Most students surveyed in this study attended face-to-face classes (35%) or online classes with occasional face-to-face elements (52%).

    Course modality pie chart: face-to-face: 35.20%; primarily face-to-face with occasional online: 3.60%; equally face-to-face and online: 5.10%; primarily online with occasional face-to-face: 51.90%; only online: 4.10%

    Of those students’ classes, how many of the in-person classes used videos compared to the online-only courses?

    For the face-to-face classes, most students answered that between “just a few” and “most” of their classes used video.

    For online-only classes, answers were largely split between “all/most” classes and “none/not sure.”

    Face-To-Face Courses With Videos: all 5.70%; most 21.40%; many 17.80%; some 23.70%; just a few 26.80%; none 2.50%; I am not sure 2.10%. 
Online Courses With Videos: all 21.80%; most 18.80%; many 8.10%; some 10.50%; just a few 8.90%; none 16.80%; I am not sure 14.90%

    How Helpful Was It for Your Course to Include Videos?

    While 46.2% of respondents found it “extremely” or “very” helpful for their courses to include videos, the majority said that videos are only “moderately” or “slightly” helpful (a combined 51.4%). Only 2% of students found the videos not to be helpful.

    Which students were more likely to find videos helpful?

    The percentage of respondents who found videos “extremely” or “very” helpful was higher for first generation students (51.6%), Pell-eligible students (51.7%), adult learners (52.8%), students who have difficulty with hearing (53.6%), and for ESL students (58.1%).

    The percentage of respondents who found videos “extremely” or “very” helpful was lower for students with other disabilities (40.7%), students under the age of 25 (42.1%), students with learning disabilities (44.9%), and for students receiving an academic accommodation (46%).

    For more on the research study findings, click the image below to download your copy of the full report.

    Download the research study results on student uses and perceptions of closed captions & transcripts

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