The Changing Role of the Educational Video in Higher Distance Education


  • Wolfram Laaser freeConsultant former "Akademischer Direktor" FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  • Eduardo Adrian Toloza "Universidad Nacional de Catamarca"



educational media, explainer video, distance education, video, multimedia, eLearning


The article argues that the ongoing usage of audio visual media is falling behind in terms of educational quality compared to prior achievements in the history of distance education. After reviewing some important steps and experiences of audio visual digital media development, we analyse predominant presentation formats on the Web. Special focus is put on recent development of new ways to generate graphics and to create animation sequences, as well as on the video presentation formats used in MOOCs. We conclude that the "new" features are in no way disruptive innovations in distance education and that the potential of video has not been sufficiently exploited. Adequate incentives to use these media for collaborative learning have not been provided and student-generated video content is at present just starting to be considered useful in instructional design.

Author Biographies

Wolfram Laaser, freeConsultant former "Akademischer Direktor" FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany

Dr. Wolfram Laaser

ex FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany

Short CV

Dr. Wolfram Laaser, Born 03.10.1943,

PhD. in Economics at Technical University Berlin (1974)

Academic Director (Akademischer Direktor) at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany until 2008

Temporary Lecturer at Universities of Paderborn (1985-87) and Frankfurt (1981)

Lecturer Online Course at UNED, Spain 2003/2004 (Master in Distance Education) Lecturer Online Courses (Multimedia in Distance Education, Economics of eLearning) University of Joensuu, Finland 2005/2006 (IMPDET International Multidisciplinary PhD Program on Educational Technology)

Online  Seminars (Master in Distance Education) PROED, University of Cordoba, Argentina 2007-2012

Online  course “Diseño y Gestión de Materiales Electronicos, Master Program in Computer Science, University of Alcala, Spain 2007-2013

Consultant ELBEP (Eliminating Language Barriers in European Prisons through Open and Distance Education Technology) EU Grundtvig Project 2008/2009

Member of International Panel, Reforming Higher Education Distance Learning in Portugal, 2009

Consultant of Worldwide Education  (2014 renamed Austrian School of Applied Studies), Wels, Austria 2010 -2015

Development of interactive multimedia courseware (CD-ROM and WEB-based Training).

Training seminars for distance educators in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.  

Research and curriculum development in Educational Technology.

Educational Video and TV Productions about subjects of Education, Humanities,

Economics, Business Administration, Law and Electrical Engineering.

Numerous international publications in books and journals.

Eduardo Adrian Toloza, "Universidad Nacional de Catamarca"

Mag. Educational Technology
Lecturer and researcher in educational technology and computer science.
Teacher training and publications about audiovisual media and social networks.



How to Cite

Laaser, W., & Toloza, E. A. (2017). The Changing Role of the Educational Video in Higher Distance Education. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(2).



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