Monday, September 14, 2015

Zaption by Lema Kabashi

Want to make online videos come alive?  Try Zaption!  Here is a video based learning tool with interactive content. Zaption is a way to take existing videos or videos you’ve created and add interactive elements such as multiple choice questions, open response boxes, text, images, or drawings. Students respond to the elements you embed. This is a great way to introduce new content, activate prior knowledge, create review activities, and insert formative feedback into your lessons. 

If you have a YouTube account, you can easily upload your videos directly to YouTube from within Zaption. These videos are published to YouTube as unlisted by default, meaning that they are not searchable on and can only be found with a private link or from within Zaption.

I use Zaption in my special education courses as a way to highlight different instructional strategies and as a way to be more engaging in content delivery.  I have created many of my own videos (called video tours within the tool) with Zaption and often use them as part of D2L courses.  With this tool, I can create more thoughtful learning experiences and the students really seem to enjoy the difference in this type of content delivery. It’s not the same old thing.  I think they like that.  This method offers my education students more opportunities to see different ways of delivering content.  Some of the students have said they have used Zaption outside of my classroom.

There are many other ways that Zaption can be used in your courses. A Zaption video tour could be used to create a screencast or video of yourself as a welcome introduction, or as a quick review of material, or even a way to spark a class discussion.  The possibilities are endless.

There are both free and paid accounts with Zaption. In both types of accounts you can create and view tours. However a paid account gives you more advanced authoring, permissions, and analytics.

More information about Zaption and all its capabilities can be found here:

Submitted by Dr. Lema Kabashi, Department of Educational Studies