Adventures of a Senior Citizen Student: About Instructional Videos

This summer, TILT will introduce student perspectives on our Tech4Students Blog.  Our first guest blogger is Margaret Ransom, our 63 years young summer student liaison.  She will share a fresh, non-traditional perspective on her teaching and learning practices and experiences. 


When a professor knows that he or she is going to be absent, it would be a great help to the students if the professor would create an instructional video presenting the class material for that particular day.  Videos are good teaching tools to facilitate learning.

I personally have a great thirst for knowledge.  When the students come to class, it would be great if we are not totally disappointed by the non-appearance of our instructor.

The Metiri Group which provides consulting services to the education community had this to say about instructional videos:

Teachers who use instructional videos report their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly, and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning.

In an article by Metiri Group in conjunction with Cisco Systems, “Technology in Schools:  What the Research Says,” they stated Emergent Research suggests that video can add rich context to students’ learning experiences without increasing cognitive load on working memory, translating into increases in complex, higher-order thinking.

In an article by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, it was stated that the human brain processes information via two channels: visual and verbal.  Our mind then creates separate images of this content. It processes and stores information and retrieves it when needed.

On the website, an article titled “The Benefits of Using Educational Video in The Classroom” stated:

Video provides a means of interactive instruction and is a very flexible medium. Having the ability to stop, start and rewind is absolutely invaluable. It provides the option to stop each video and challenge students to predict the outcome of a demonstration, and elaborate on, or debate a point of historical reference. You also have the option to rewind a section of the video to review a segment to ensure that children understand a key concept.

As a 63 year young college student, I would like all the instructional support that is available.  I certainly want to retain more information and understand concepts more easily.  When using a video, I love the ability to stop and rewind when there is a particular point of interest.  Instructional videos are a great help to me and, I am sure, to students of all ages.

8 thoughts on “Adventures of a Senior Citizen Student: About Instructional Videos”

  1. What a great story! I’m glad that technology can help students of all ages to learn and retain what they have learned. Its nice to see NVCC working with seniors to advance their learning.

    1. Who doesn’t love an instructional video? Videos always seem to enhance the learning experience. Thanks Margaret!

  2. I am glad that NOVA supports its students, particular seniors. Seniors are very important for our community. Their wisdom and gained experiences are very valuable for younger students. Thank you NOVA and please, continue to support our senior students.

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