Do Videos Have a Place in e-Learning Classrooms?

By Courtney Marchese and Peggy Bloomer.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning

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The problem with using videos in a hybrid classroom environment to teach basic skills to the 21st century learner is that videos are neither a new technology nor do these lectures align themselves to any student learning styles or any desired educational learning outcome. This paper will examine how videos fail to align with any of the following seven learning styles: visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social, and solitary. In addition, they are in direct opposition to the goal of creating an active learning classroom. To meet the challenges of the 21st century, we need to foster in our students the learning skills of creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and group communication and collaboration (Blair 2012, 8-13). To do this, we cannot go back to failed historical learning systems; old technologies repackaged as innovative technologies. According to the website ( for Partnership for 21st Century Skills, we need to discover new ways for students to learn to use technology "as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information." There is a strong need for interaction between student and teacher and peer-to-peer communication and collaboration for e-Learning to be effective. It is imperative for educators to look for new learning technologies that are more than a relabeling of old methods to meet the challenges of this century.

Keywords: Active Learning, e-Learning, 21st Century Learner

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 3, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 666.507KB)).

Prof. Courtney Marchese

Assistant Professor, Interactive Digital Design, Quinnipiac University, Milford, CT, USA

Peggy Bloomer

Adjunct Professor, Interactive Digital Design, Quinnipiac University, Clinton, Connecticut, USA