Tools for video supported collaborative learning

Integrating video based e-learning technologies into teacher education helps teacher-students become familiar with Video-Supported Collaborative Learning as an educational tool.
Video content creation and sharing is a rising work-life competence and using video-based communication tools in learning and teaching is vital.

Many teachers do not use video tools in a way that enhance students´ conceptual thinking and problem solving skills as relevant work-life competences of the knowledge worker.

Video is mostly used in the old pedagogical way of presenting information and missing the power of knowledge building dialogue leading to deep understanding.
There is a need for e-competent teachers to take on the up-to-date video supported collaboration solutions for creative teamwork in online environments.

Using video technologies to support collaborative learning may include activities such as:

  • Video Recording – capturing and recording educational events to enhance professional practices and skills through reflection;
  • Creating videos – using video technologies and tools to capture, create, edit, publish and share video for educational purposes;
  • Interactive video content – teacher talks, explanations, animations, simulations, tests, quizzes (self-learning & evaluation). May include navigation between video, graphics, audio, text, hyperlinks;
  • Video as a communication tool – using video technology to communicate with others in asynchronous and synchronous interactions.

To help teachers and educators find the solution that best fits their need, we are going to provide a list of tools that one case use to integrate video-supported learning into his or her own practice.

With tool everyone can create interactive videos to promote learning.
Their technology allows teachers and trainers, with no particular computer skills, to customize and structure didactic materials, linking existing footage to text documents, images, audio files.
Users of platform can insert notes directly onto the video.

Example of using include:

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in-service teachers video-record their lessons. The videos are uploaded onto the software. Reflections are carried out in four steps:

  • Participants conduct self-observation on recorded lessons and provide feedback (self-analysis);
  • Peer-to-peer observations to deliver and receive feedback;
  • Course supervisors give their feedback;
  • Collaborative group analysis of practices.

IRIS Connect

IRIS Connect is a learning platform for teachers that makes Continuing Professional Development (CPD) more effective:

  • Enables better teacher reflection;
  • Improves observation and feedback;
  • Coaching and Mentoring;
  • Scalable sharing and collaboration.

IRIS Connect is a powerfully simple lesson recording technology that captures audio and video from pupils as well as teachers, giving powerful insight into the classroom.

Simple – Designed with busy teachers in mind, each camera is simple to set up, use and transport; taking the hassle out of lesson recording.

Secure – All classroom videos are automatically uploaded directly to a private account in the IRIS Connect platform, ready to reflect on or share later.

Powerful – When coupled with professional learning platform, the classroom video recording systems give everything needed for life-long professional learning.

Examples of using IRIS Connect:
  • Music students who are becoming kantele (Finnish national string instrument) teachers use IRIS Connect to video-record music teaching practice sessions. Students can analyse the videos and receive peer-feedback from other students who are not participating at the same time or at the same place. These recordings (reflections) support the students learning to play kantele;
  • Teacher students reflect on their development during their study. The reflections are about collaborative learning. The students teach at secondary schools for vocational training and film parts of their lessons. At the university they reflect on their teaching via IRIS Connect and knowledge building approach. With this dialogue their understanding of collaborative learning will increase;
  • As part of teacher education practice course, the aim is to link theoretical studies with practical experiences at schools. Student teachers who are already working as teachers carry out this practice course based on their own work. They record their work and IRIS Connect platform gives the opportunity to reflect collaboratively and support each other’s reflections;
  • Speech therapy and special education students use IRIS Connect Discovery Kit Go Live in a practicum where students counsel children with speech impediments. The lecturer observes it from another room and can give feedback via the live in-ear coaching without interrupting the counselling session. This supports the students and improves their counselling techniques.


Flowbox works to make learning and communication better with online video. The company provides video platforms that enable to produce, manage and share on-demand video. The idea of learning and communication as interactive processes has been at the heart of product design. As an Educational Technology Designer, Flowbox offers solutions for creation of a learners’ online community, the video content sharing and group reflection can take place in hybrid and distance learning settings. The collaborative reflection of the shared video content enables knowledge building process.

Examples of using Flowbox include:
  • YZ-Generation Management Development Project´s aim is to improve leadership skills of YZ-generation managers working in Tourism and Hospitality companies. They record videos of their own management situations at work. Flowbox video sharing space is used to reflect their interaction and behaviour with employees (generational differences) together with peers and their teacher;
  • Master students of industrial engineering and management are encouraged to utilize videos in their learning. Students record short sessions while group working and Flowbox Online Video Platform is used for uploading and sharing the videos via group-based folders online, which are secured by passwords;
  • Teacher students reflect upon their first teaching experience in schools. The practicum lasts one week and every day the students make video diary posts to analyse their practice day. They upload, share and comment the videos (including group reflections) on Flowbox. Creating videos gives students the confidence to create and use video-based learning material in their future work.


EdVisto combines the ancient teaching method of storytelling with modern video and social sharing technology for a powerful learning solution. How does EdVisto work? We break the process of how to use EdVisto into 4 steps:

  • Plan and communicate – Initiate the project theme and start the conversation, on project or group level;
  • Research and analyse – Let the students research, analyse and think through what content to use;
  • Create and collaborate – Enjoy the creative process as students collaborate on the production of video stories;
  • Share and evaluate – See, comment and evaluate when shared to others.
Examples of using EdVisto include:
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management students use online EdVisto program to present the future vision in their field of expertise. Master students work in groups to make collaborative videos and investigate the future trends and possible scenarios. Groups comment on other groups´ presentation to ensure collaborative learning;
  • Pre-vocational education students and their mentoring pupils record their conversations. They watch the videos and discuss their technical coaching skills in peer groups. Teachers and peer give feedback. Students formulate their own learning points and next time they show their improvement. With the dialogue about coaching skills the understanding of ‘how to be a good coach’ will increase.
  • In the subject of environmental education students create a video based on a problem connected to sustainable development and its solution. To enhance the cooperation between students, they use EdVisto platform to co-create and edit their videos. They learn a different form of collaboration and the process can be carried out in distant learning settings.

Nordic Simulators

Nordic Simulators specialises in designing and delivering the technology for simulation centres for medical use. All of their products have been designed in collaboration with the users – hence their slogan: ‘Smart and Easy Learning’. Their products are easy to use while maintaining high quality.
Nordic Simulators product range covers recorders, sound systems, virtual rooms, and even clothes for simulation exercises. Their products allow to focus on the medical aspect of the exercises while the technology takes care of itself.