Top 10 uses


Methods for using video interviews as part of active learning strategies in the classroom include:

  • Interviewing experts and using the video clips as the basis of discussion, exploration of key concepts and links to professional contexts.
  • Student-created interviews that require students to plan, script and conduct interviews with experts or as part of role plays.

For example, VideoAktiv in the Netherlands outlines the context and teaching activities for student interviews with experts in Pharmacy.

Informal interviews (e.g. vox pops)

Many personal devices (e.g. mobile phones, laptops and tablets) are equipped with cameras to film video for low cost production. If there is no specific need to show detailed images (such as intricate procedures) then you don’t need to use sophisticated video equipment.

A smart phone or tablet is capable of recording ‘Vox pops’ (voice of the people) style interviews.  For example, brief interviews can be used to elicit opinions from experts at a conference and use them as a teaching resource. For example, this video interview with Diana Laurillard produced by Penn State is slightly rough and taken on a low-end device, but the message from Diana is clear and does not require a high-end production.

This one minute video interview with Dr Chris Campbell from the School of Education was filmed on an iPhone in her office. In the video, Chris explains how she has used one minute interviews from experts at a conference to use a teaching resource for her students.

Students can also record their own interviews with each other or experts on a topic. Media College outlines some tips for how to set up ‘vox pops’ interviews’ as well as lots of other information and tutorials on video. (See 'Useful links' below).

Formal interviews

This short video clip, Planning your video production, by JISC Digital media is an introduction to key considerations for location filming for interviews, such as:

  • the suitability of the space you plan to film in
  • the probability of being interrupted,
  • what permissions, if any, are needed, and
  • what you can do to minimise risk - before setting up to shoot.