Friday, March 18, 2016

Using EDpuzzle to Engage Your Students

Xiaokai (Katie) Jia
By Xiaokai (Katie) Jia
CELT Instructional Consultant/Designer

Have you ever assigned students an instructional video but wondered if they have watched it? Have you found an excellent online video but wanted to quickly customize it (e.g., add narration, crop it) for your own instructional purpose? Do you want to direct students’ attention to a specific part of a video? Do you want to quiz your students while they watch a video? If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, EDpuzzle ( might be a great solution for you.

EDpuzzle is a free online tool that allows you to fully engage your students, either face-to-face or online, by integrating interactive features such as adding quizzes and comments. For instance, a foreign language instructor can insert quizzes into a video on grammatical rules to check students’ understanding and have them engaged. You can also empower active student learning by having them create their own video projects (e.g., teaching certain topic) and present to the whole class or even the whole world.

The main features of EDpuzzle include uploading/searching for videos, cropping video, adding audio track and audio notes, and adding questions. You can easily monitor students’ progress by viewing their study status. EDpuzzle also automatically grades multiple-choice questions and generates summary of students’ responses for you.

In short, EDpuzzle provides great features for teachers to engage students with videos. All you have to do is to pick a video, add your magical touch, and then track your students’ progress and understanding. What’s even better? EDpuzzle is easy to learn. Check out four short online tutorials from YouTube to get started. If you are interested in learning more about EDpuzzle with a CELT consultant, please request for services online. 

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