Knowledge acquisition

A video designed to teach students the foundational knowledge they will need before they are asked to apply knowledge and skills they have learned.

A knowledge acquisition video should be content focused, and designed to teach students the foundational knowledge they will need before practicing application. This type of video is most likely to replace or complement what would usually be presented through lectures. Depending on the subject, the type of information in a video for knowledge acquisition can vary greatly. It may include things such as:

  • Important theories that inform the subject
  • Facts and/or concepts
  • Background information/history
  • Formulas or processes
  • Identifying and correcting misconceptions.

The aim of a video designed for knowledge acquisition is to make sure that students have a good understanding of the fundaments of a subject before being asked to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned. This is where knowledge acquisition differs from general or discipline-specific skill acquisition.

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It is important to consider the suitability of the type or style of video for the information you are trying to communicate. Different topics will require different types of video. For instance, identifying and confronting misconceptions in a subject might best be accomplished through an interview style video. Background information or the history of a subject, however, might be better communicated through a documentary-style video.