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Using Video to Build Learning Contexts Online

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Science  28 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5982, pp. 1119-1120
DOI: 10.1126/science.1186934

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In recent years, the number of online courses has shown explosive growth, which has allowed students to participate in opportunities for higher education while eliminating the traditional constraints of scheduling, cost, and location. The Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has contributed to this growth by investigating how to make effective use of video-based materials to convey difficult ideas in science. One of our most recent productions, created in partnership with Annenberg Media, is a series of online course materials on environmental science.