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Using knowledge clips

Knowledge clips are educational video clips of short duration (just a few minutes). There are many variants, in which the teacher may or may not be shown. Graphics, texts, sound and video, animations, etc. may be shown in the video.

How does it work?

Teachers can make their own clips, or make use of support from ICTOL and AV-Services. Knowledge clips can be published on YouTube, but also on a University of Groningen server. In the latter case, assistance by AV-Services is needed.

About the making of knowledge clips

Several useful articles on making knowledge clips are available at

Do It Yourself

Teachers make recordings themselves. You are advised to use the free application Screencast-o-matic for this, which allows you to create videos of 15 minutes at most. In this programme the screen is recorded (for instance a Powerpoint presentation), and if necessary audio and video. A good webcam and microphone (on loan from AV-Services) are necessary. Also consider adequate lighting, and pay particular attention to the sound quality.

Do It Together

Teacher(s), AV Services and ICTOL staff work together to create one or more knowledge clips. This team may be extended by an education consultant from ESI (Educational Support and Innovation, the central education support unit of the university). The recordings are on the basis of a script composed by the teacher and the other team members. Filming is in a studio in the Harmonie building, but other locations are possible.

AV Services can edit the recordings, adding a title page, UG logo and animations, if any. AV Services also arranges uploading to a server. ICTOL can assist in releasing the clips in Nestor. For larger projects, additional funding may be necessary.

Re-use It

Before deciding to create your own videos, you may want to check whether useful material is already available online, which you can re-use. A myriad of videos are available for free on the internet. You can look for materials on YouTube, but also on sites specifically for education. Consider for instance Khan Academy, iTunes U, YouTube/EDU or TED.  

An extensive overview of sites with educational videos

How can you use it for teaching and learning?

Students really appreciate it when they can review content outside regular classes. Lecture recordings are one option, but the length of these may make it difficult to find the parts that students need. By delivering content piecemeal in short clips, students can learn with greater focus.

In addition, knowledge clips are an essential part of the Flipped Classroom model of instruction. One or more clips need to be studied by students before they come to class. During class these contents are not presented but used as basis for discussion and elaboration.


You cannot simply re-use any material you find on the internet in your knowledge clips. Read more about the possibilities and restrictions on the site on digital licensing by SURF (Collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch education and research).

You can also search for material, for which re-use is allowed. In addition to images, this can be music or videos. An appropriate license model is Creative Commons (CC), in which authors themselves indicate explicitly what is allowed or not allowed when re-using materials. Several search engines can filter by materials under CC-licences. An overview of these search engines on the Creative Commons website may help you to use these filters.

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