Thing 11: Explore presentations and videos


Broadcasts, lectures, and other information formats such as slideshows are available online now more than ever.

This Thing explores websites with presentations and videos. These can be an important and useful source of information for your own current awareness as well as for your teaching and research.

Presentations and videos

Presentations and videos can be used to creatively illustrate complex research concepts and share them with a wider audience. They can be used to connect with research communities and open up new avenues of communication in research.

These two videos from EdTalks are both lovely examples of very simple, but well made videos that explore interesting educational research:

What makes an engaging video? The presenters make a connection with us as an audience. They demonstrate passion for their subject and share their experiences confidently. The content is a succinct, well-composed, and well-structured distillation of their ideas.

YouTube can be a treasure trove of quality information, and it isn’t all music videos. See, for example, Clay Shirky’s TEDTalk:

Or this one from Sir Ken Robinson:

Channels on YouTube are a quick way to discover interesting content. See, for example, the #university channel:

Digital TV and radio

The University of Auckland subscribes to a lot of content screened on television and radio, and hold a screenrights educational licence.

Television Vault, eTV, UniSat, and the Chapman Archive are all available via the library. You can search for video in your area of interest via this page: Auckland library: Digital TV

In addition, the Radio New Zealand National archive includes recordings and podcasts on many topics.


SlideShare is a very popular tool for sharing your presentation slides online (we’ll be exploring SlideShare more in the next Thing). Take a look at these slides, on the role of good timing when engaging online: SlideShare: The best times to post on social media

Some academics post a collection of their presentations on SlideShare as a way of promoting their brand: Presentations by Mark Brown

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Following on from Thing 10, we’d like you to share a link on your blog to a useful video or presentation that you have found online. Add a paragraph explaining why you found it valuable, and why other people should watch / read it.

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“Unlike the ways many other social researchers approach video recording, participatory video is not only a tool for collecting data. Instead recording and playback action in, and of, itself provides a space for individuals to explore their own experiences and positions.”
Using participatory video in social research

“Video is increasingly the data collection tool of choice for researchers interested in the multimodal character of social interaction.”
An introduction to using video for research

Some interesting stats and trends around online video:
50% of video views will be via mobile in 2016
Rainy days & big screens push online video engagement
18-34 year olds are watching 53% more online video

“Despite their popularity in MOOCs and flipped classrooms, ‘lecture videos’ have the same pitfalls as regular lectures: they provide a false sense of clarity and are utterly forgettable.”
Why my MOOC is not built on video

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