How to Add Interactions to Your Videos

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Retention improves when students can engage content at the time they encounter it, through questions or other interactions that move information from their immediate working memory to their long-term memory (Oakley & Sejnowski, 2018). But the modern learning management system (LMS) has not gone the further step of allowing for interactions within videos. Because the LMS separates interactions from course content, placing them in different modules, students may watch an entire video and then discuss it later in a discussion forum or take a quiz on it. Any questions or thoughts students have about a video are likely forgotten by the time they reach the discussion forum, which may have been pre-stocked with a different discussion prompt anyway.

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