Can videos replace instructors in their learning?


Purpose of videos in teaching

Videos are a useful addition to courses or can also replace them.

Compared to text documents, videos often make learning easier if what is seen and heard can be memorized better than the written text.

Internal platforms and websites should be used to provide the videos. Publication on platforms such as YouTube should be avoided, as the legal requirements could be violated (see YouTube conditions of use, Section 6.1 K)

Usage scenario

Important: More than 15 minutes viewers cannot process each video sequence, attention decreases.

Videos for refresher / exam preparation

Videos that are used to accompany a face-to-face event and are used, for example, to prepare for exams, can be kept comparatively simple.

The focus of these videos is more on the pure passing on of knowledge. Often it is sufficient to transmit the presentation or the board picture combined with the recording of the speaker's sound.

  • Little focus on audio / video synchronicity
  • No additional camera technology required
  • Little effort in post-processing
  • A lack of facial expressions and gestures can reduce the listener's attention.
  • Live experiments and impressions of what is happening in the classroom are missing
  • Regular re-production due to changed course content, lecture structure, etc.

Video instead of face-to-face events

If videos are to completely replace the face-to-face event, the event atmosphere should be reproduced in the video as well as possible. In addition to the image of the speaker, the overall situation in the room is also important. Furthermore, the presentation and audio channel must also be transmitted. It makes sense to add additional added value to the video, such as links, short tests or explanatory texts.

  • Reusable self-learning modules
  • Possibility to access the learning content outside of the course offerings
  • No annual re-production necessary
  • High focus on audio / video synchronicity
  • Comparatively high processing effort for first-time production

Providing videos in the video campus Saxony

With the video campus, Chemnitz University of Technology has a platform that is unobjectionable in terms of copyright and data protection law. Lecturers can publish media (video or audio) and make them available to students. As a result, students are not forced to register with other services, as registration works via the web trust center.

All information and detailed instructions on how to use it can be found on the website for the Videocampus Sachsen platform.

Brief description of the use
  • Upload tutorials for the lecture or entire lecture recordings to the Videocampus Saxony for later use.
  • Select Chemnitz University of Technology as your university when logging in.
    • The login takes place at the web trust center.
  • If you are successfully logged in, your name will be displayed in the title bar at the top right (profile).
  • To the left of your username you will find the option to upload new videos.
  • Select a file and fill in all the fields required in the form.
  • After the upload, the video will be converted first, after which you will receive an email.
  • Your videos are now sorted accordingly in the menu or can be accessed via Profile → My Media.
  • A direct link to the video or code for embedding can be found under parts under the respective video


  • Save your media on the server and make it available to the attendees of your event as a webstream.
  • Upload videos and audio files and have them converted from popular web video formats.
  • Users who see your video save bandwidth when viewing it.
  • Use the direct link or embed code to integrate your files in the OPAL.