There’s something about seeing yourself on camera. And according to research it can help you improve your performance. As educators look for better ways to assess skills, research like this offers actionable insight.
In a small study of undergraduate nursing students, researchers found that students who used videos of themselves to self-assess their skills performed better on follow-up skill tests than students who used the standard written self-assessment.
Important for today’s educators, this skill improvement wasn’t limited to just technical skills. Video self-assessment also seemed to improve 21st-century skills - the strongest statistical difference between the groups was in the “Attitude” part of the communication skill assessment.
And as discussions about the quality of online education swirl, students who used video self-assessment reported greater course satisfaction than those who did the regular self-assessment. In particular, students who used video-based self-assessment were more likely to report receiving valuable feedback. The authors themselves sum up the importance of satisfaction perfectly: “When students feel good about themselves as learners, they are willing to take risks and focus on learning.”
Tools like CrossBraining are already helping hands-on programs across the nation adopt a pedagogy-driven approach to video-based assessment. CrossBraining was built on research papers like this one and makes it simple for students to use video to self-assess and receive feedback. Check out www.crossbraining.com/pedagogy to learn more and request a demo.
Citation: Yoo MS, Son YJ, Kim YS, Park JH. Video-based self-assessment: implementation and evaluation in an undergraduate nursing course. Nurse Educ Today. 2009 Aug;29(6):585-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2008.12.008. Epub 2009 Jan 23. PMID: 19167789.