Video-Supported Collaborative Learning


Aeres University of Applied Sciences , The Netherlands

The ViSuAL project, was co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance Programme.

Abstract / Introduction

Videos have been used in teaching and learning for decades. However, international studies have discovered that a lot of teachers still do not know how to use videos systematically in teaching and, in particular, in teaching that supports collaborative learning. Just showing a video is not enough to learn from it collaboratively.

Video-Supported Collaborative Learning (VSCL) offers possibilities for students and educators alike to develop their digital pedagogical competences, seen as crucial for navigating the increasingly knowledge-intensive and entrepreneurial working life and society.

This guide provides a brief theoretical background of VSCL and a description of the pedagogical model as well as a business-higher education co-creation model developed in the Video-Supported Education Alliance (ViSuAL) project (2018-2020). Our solution combines: evidence-based pedagogical use of videos and computer supported collaborative learning into video-supported collaborative learning, as well as co-creation and development together with education technology companies to capitalize on the latest video solutions and tools.

We argue that video can be an excellent tool when combined with collaborative learning. Video bridges theory and practice, which develops students’ reflection skills and supports the development of agency. This guide introduces some practical examples on how and why educators across Europe have applied pedagogical models in their teaching and learning activities.

We seek to inspire teacher educators, student teachers, teachers at all educational levels and education organisation managers to try using videos to support learning and particularly collaborative learning.

Date of publication
12 May 2021
Date of revision
7 Dec 2023
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