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Video in your education

Using video in your education can enrich and strengthen your education. Would you like to use video in your education? This can be done in different ways. On this page, we explain what different types of educational videos there are, and how you can create them.

Types of video for your education

Knowledge clips are short video presentations of no more than 10 minutes, focused on a single topic or concept. You can use a knowledge clip in different ways in your education. A knowledge clip should encourage students to, for example, study the material, solve a specific problem or prepare a class or lab session. You can use a knowledge clip as follows:

  • To replace a longer lecture (you can create several knowledge clips to do this).
  • The student views the knowledge clip at home and completes the associated exercises. That allows for deep learning in your classroom sessions.
  • As instruction of exercises, practical assignments or appliances.
  • As part of an online module.

You can record knowledge clips by yourself from home, or you can use one of the studios at Utrecht University. Here you can find more information on which studios Utrecht University has and how you can book them.

Animations are short videos with drawn people, objects or text. You can use animations when the subject of your presentation calls for visualisation. They help you convey your information in an effective way and they can help make a video more “appetising” to viewers. Subjects well-suited to animation include complex theories, concepts or procedures.

Within the UU you will soon be able to create your own animations using the new tool PowToon. Are you interested in using this tool? Then please contact Teaching Support.

A weblecture is a recorded lecture that can be viewed by students after it has taken place. In a number of UU lecture halls it is possible to record your lecture yourself, without needing any support. The recording will automatically appear in the UU video platform. For more information about recording lectures in lecture halls, go to this intranet page.

A webinar is a live workshop, presentation or seminar that takes place online. A webinar is often accessible to a large group of participants. You can use a webinar to replace or supplement a Q&A session at the end of the course. Some courses organise a webinar for foreign students, to replace an open day or matching day. An important advantage of a webinar is that it allows for direct (synchronous) interaction with the participants to take place.

Within Utrecht University you can organise webinars via Microsoft Teams.

Online modules and workshops

Would you like to know more about video? And about how to make a good video? Then follow this online module about video. In this module you will learn how to use video in your teaching, and what the didactic points of attention are when making a video.

In addition, Educate-it regularly offers (online) workshops on video.


Liesbeth van de Grint



Marjolein Haagsman



Aleid de Jong

Didactic Consultant