How PlayPosit increases learner dialogue in online courses

Located in beautiful Fort Collins, CO, Colorado State University (CSU) is one of the states largest public universities. Offering 150+ across eight different colleges, including several graduate programs, CSU is known and a leading research university.

The College of Business recently got ranked 19th in the world for its online MBA program, and 12th in the nation. The college provides a top tier business education to all of its learners taking courses, whether in person or remotely. 

The Challenge Professors needed a way to actively engage and monitor students who were viewing extended lectures via an online course.
The Solution PlayPosit allowed instructors to embed questions and access data analytics, but more importantly it enabled the incorporation of discussion forums to mimic traditional classroom dialogue and encourage asynchronous student participation.
The Result Student engagement has grown resulting in an increased rate of lesson completion and material retention. Furthermor…

Why Enterprises Use PlayPosit

Active Video is personalized, captivating, and effective   Interactive video and comprehensive analytics for the most engaging learning experience.
User feedback Research shows that immediate user feedback increases long-term retention of information and changing the learning experience from passive to active triples efficacy.

Deeper engagement PlayPosit's interactive video and comprehensive analytics allow companies to offer their employees and/or customers the most engaging learning experience by taking static modules and converting them into interactive learning experiences.

Support teams Support teams use PlayPosit to elevate their customers' experiences through enriched video that uses proven academic strategies to increase retention and investment. With customizable pathway learning, our partners can deliver differentiated, personalized learning experiences that real-time feedback to measure the impact of interactive learning on customer satisfaction.

HR Teams and Empl…

Effectively Engage Students in an Online Course with PlayPosit

Transform your course into an interactive experience El Centro College is a community college of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) in Dallas, Texas. The College offers over 100 unique, fully online courses in a variety of core educational courses along with continuing education and workforce education courses. 
The Challenge The instructional technology team at El Centro Community College is focused on achieving 2 big goals this year.  The first is to move as many instructors as possible to OER (Open Educational Resources) to make courses affordable and accessible for all students.The second is to promote hybrid/flipped learning in a way that allows instructors not only to offer these types of courses, but excel at structuring them.    Christina Jones, Instructional Designer and Educational Technologist expressed, "Students do not have money to buy $180 textbooks, and when all students don’t purchase the textbook because it is too expensive, you are teaching at…

PlayPosit for Employee Training: Management and Tracking

Transparently track usage and understand impact in real-time.Cherry Creek is one of the highest-achieving districts in Colorado. The Challenge Assigning, managing and tracking federal and state compliance trainings for Cherry Creek’s 9,000+ employees was an exceedingly time intensive and complex process for their HR team—as it had been administered through emailing series of videos and online quizzes.
The Solution With PlayPosit, Cherry Creek is able to easily deliver one-click, single sign-on training assignments to each employee while leveraging our API to get comprehensive data on staff usage and completion into their HR System.
The Result PlayPosit allows for staff trainings to be managed with a fraction of the effort while providing richer analytics that better validate completion and compliance.

How PlayPosit Empowers Student Agency

Kevin Murray, Educational Technology Facilitator and Former Teacher for Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO. Poudre School District is the 9th largest school district in Colorado. It is recognized as a top-rated school district with a strong commitment to student, staff, and district excellence.

The Challenge Our EdTech team goal is to motivate teachers to innovate. Innovative instructional methods using robotics, science probes, video, blended learning and much more have been the focus of our professional development classes and school based study groups.

With most teachers using video we want teachers to use it more effectively. We also want students to create high quality video projects that show what they have learned, how they are learning or to initiate action in our communities.

The Solution PlayPosit is interactive, [therefore] students can create incredibly powerful videos (in our case using WeVideo) and then punctuate those videos with reflective pauses, actionable step…

PlayPosit for Flipped Professional Development

The Challenge At Hudson ISD Middle School, administrators struggled with finding a way to have productive and powerful professional development sessions. Workshop leaders found that no matter what the content, there was no way to guarantee teacher attentiveness, engagement, or absorption of material. Misty Mitchell, the Media and Educational Technology Specialist, mentioned that, “If you are only using lecture style teaching, it doesn’t matter whether you are teaching students or the most experienced teachers, it is simply not effective.”
The Solution The rich data monitoring of PlayPosit offered a solution to  Misty and other coachers as it allowed them to deliver professional development content and see information on how the teacher responded. Not only were they able to see if a teacher viewed a particular assignment, but they could also embed questions into the material and see teacher responses to it.  It was easy to organize who “passed” material and who needed one-on-one follo…

PlayPosit Within High Tech Usage High Schools

The Challenge Juan Diego Catholic High School (JD Catholic) in Draper, Utah is a BYOD school: students bring their own devices to school to use during class, and they have their device(s) of choice with them at all times during the school day. In short, JD Catholic has no shortage of technology in its classrooms.

With this much technology in an academic setting, however, teachers consequently face the challenge of not only learning how to best implement a variety of technologies within their classrooms, but also of finding which technology or platform best suits their specific classes’ needs. It often takes a substantial amount of time to train teachers to become familiar with these new technologies as well, often slowing instructors down in their efforts to make their classrooms as effective and useful as possible through academic technology.
The Solution Several instructors at JD Catholic chose PlayPosit to fulfill their classrooms’ tech needs --  they wanted an easy-to-implement s…

A Case Study on Interactive Video and Distance Learning

The Challenge North Carolina State University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate online and distance courses in a range of subjects, from Accounting and Animal Science to Social Work and Sociology. John, a teaching assistant professor in the Poole College of Management at NCSU, was having trouble keeping his distance education students engaged -- he found that a lack of interactivity within his lectures prevented his courses from being as effective as they could be.
The Solution John decided to use PlayPosit to increase his students’ engagement with his online classes. While he initially chose PlayPosit because he thought the interactions would help students engage more with his lessons, he was pleasantly surprised by PlayPosit’s game-changing analytics.

PlayPosit lets John “see and confirm that students have completed the lessons. It then gives [him] great metrics regarding ‘got it’ topics and ‘trouble’ topics, allowing [him] to spend extra time on the latter with [his] …

Customize your question point values

Customize your question point values Now you can adjust the point values for any question you insert into a PlayPosit bulb. Want to increase or decrease the weighting of a particular item? Not a problem. Simply open up your question settings and change the point value in just a couple of clicks.

Have your learners make rich, interactive bulbs

Have your learners make rich, interactive bulbs  With our latest release, learners can create bulbs with the upgraded PlayPosit builder.* Encourage them to add multiple video clips into each bulb, chain questions together, customize student playback with advanced options, add in discussions, and much more. Need help getting started with Student made Bulbs? Check out our guide.

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Upload videos directly into PlayPosit

Upload videos directly into PlayPositAny mp4 video you own can be turned into an interactive video lesson with our new uploader. No need to upload your video to a third-party host before bringing it into PlayPosit.   

Simply hit "Design video bulb" and choose the mp4 uploader option. More detailed instructions here

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Create rich discussions with PlayPosit

The discussion element is a great way for viewers to interact with each other about what's happening in a video. 

Instructors prompt students to share their thoughts and learn from each other's opinions. Students further observe how thoughts change because each comment is linked to a moment in the video, while instructors collect information about which parts of the lesson are most engaging.

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The new PlayPosit builder is here!

Create richer, more engaging videos with the new PlayPosit builderAdd multiple video clips into each bulb, chain questions together, customize student playback with advanced options, add in discussions, and much more with the new PlayPosit builder. To try out the new builder, enter the lesson editor for any of your bulbs, and click the blue pop-up notification appearing in the top right to start designing. Login and tryOverviews and walkthroughs to get you started designingVideo overview of new builder This quick, < 2 minute, YouTube walks you through the new feature sets introduced with the updated builder Tutorial: combine multiple video clips into a bulb Add multiple interactive videos as a playlist within a single bulb. Videos can be from any video source and as short or long as you desire.  Tutorial: branch answer choices with next steps Branch answer choices with the appropriate video segment to remediate misconceptions or challenge with advanced content.  Tutorial: chain questi…

Teacher Story - Using PlayPosit to Get Students Involved

written by Rachelle Dene Poth (@Rdene915) Over the past few years, I have looked for new, innovative ways for integrating technology into my classroom. I started by focusing on areas that I thought could improve the learning experiences and opportunities for my students.  We took small steps together, slowly adding new tools. We started with a messaging app and an LMS to open up communication and bridge the “disconnect” that I felt was occurring.  We then tried different assessment and presentation tools, to have more personalized learning and for students to have choices. There were two critical components of this process: identifying an area of need and including the students in the decisions.  Before trying anything new, I want to know that the students have an interest, that they understand why I would like to try the new method or tool, and that their feedback is valued and critical for our classroom.

There is always a risk in trying something new. Teachers take a risk by trying s…

PlayPosit and iOS - exciting things coming!

Apple is evolving their approach to mobile video. This means exciting changes to the experience for your students and learners that rely upon iPhones for their video delivery. With the new release of iOS 10 this September, Apple will be allowing inline video delivery on their mobile devices. 

This means the interactivity of PlayPosit will be available to your students with no installation of an iOS app. The PlayPosit team is staying on top of these updates and can't wait to improve your interactive mobile video experience.

We cannot wait for the launch!

Zaption Workday Acquisition - The PlayPosit Guide for Institutions and Districts

Update September 6: We've finished development of our migration/import tool. If you'd like to transition your content to PlayPosit, we are migrating tours for PlayPosit premium users. Please email with your Zaption standalone files to begin the process.We have created a helpful table to show you what features of Zaption are imported into PlayPosit. We are aiming to support most features near-immediately through the migration tool and our upgraded Student Viewer/Playerlist. You can view the table here. Zaption recently announced that they were eliminating their stand-alone offering and will be incorporating their interactive video feature set into Workday's finance and human relations software. As a result, Zaption intends to shut down their services by September 30. Our goal at PlayPosit is to make your transition as easy as possible. We are passionate about the use of interactive video in education and our love for educators runs deep. We know y…

Teachers Turn Pop Culture Into Engaging Online Learning Videos

As I browse through the video lessons in the PlayPosit database, I am continuously impressed by the creative ways teachers transform traditionally non-educational videos into engaging learning experiences. For me it would be hard to envision the educational value in a Katy Perry music video or a clip from a recent Simpsons Halloween special. But, of course, I should never underestimate the creativity and tech-savviness of the teacher community! Among the most interesting video lessons like this I've stumbled upon are those centered around figurative language. I believe that is because English teachers recognize the prevalence of similies, metaphors, personification, and so on throughout popular culture—recognitions that an average person will miss. So what are some ways teachers have taught these literary devices using music videos and television? In this post, we'll dive into specific video examples with embedded questions.  Also, for creative uses of TED Talk videos in the cl…

Developing a Video Solution for Low-Bandwidth Classrooms

The Challenge Most classrooms in the United States are Internet enabled. At first glance, that number seems hugely impressive. It suggests that the vast majority of students have access to broadband capabilities. The challenge is that while most classes are Internet enabled, less than half are actually Internet capable. In a speech at Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina, President Barack Obama noted that “The average American school has about the same bandwidth as the average American home, even though obviously there are 200 times as many people at school as there are at home.”  The goal of Obama’s ConnectED initiative is to equip every school in the country with high-speed broadband by 2018 at speeds greater than 100 Mbps. Given the current rate of implementation, however, that timeframe looks to be delayed. Most estimates show full school Internet capability as not feasible until at least 2021. That leaves us with at least five more years of classrooms with insufficient bro…

Winners of the Challenge Cup Education and Milken Penn GSE Competition

*note this is a repost from 2013 PlayPosit honored with recognition and funding from both 1776 Challenge Cup and Milken penn GSE competition. The D.C. based 1776 rewarded PlayPosit with $100K in investment for taking first prize in the education category. The very same week, the team travelled to Philadelphia for the Milken Penn GSE competition where they won the McGraw Hill Open Ed award and earned a $15,000 grant. As the 1776 website describes, the competition aims to "identify the most promising start ups in the world tackling the biggest challenges" in the health, education, energy, and smart cities categories. Last week, the winners from cities all over the world convened in Washington D.C. to compete in the national and international finals for their respective categories. After winning the domestic category (and being guaranteed a 50K investment), PlayPosit went head to head against the Iraeli based - an impressive language learning application with 130000 d…

Choosing the Perfect PlayPosit Package for you

PlayPosit offers three basic editions to choose from. Find below details on the package that best fits your classroom and school needs. PlayPosit Basic
This package is perfect to get a taste of the full power of PlayPosit. Create as many video bulbs (our term for videos with embedded questions) as you'd like and deliver to unlimited students. Seamlessly incorporate multiple choice, free response, and reflective pause questions into the online video of your choosing. Receive basic analytics on who watched your video and which concepts challenged your students.
PlayPosit Master Teacher Package
Engage Deeply
Embed higher order and advanced interactions into your video instruction. Advanced cropping: Video contains extraneous or inappropriate content? Remove any portion of a video with the 'skip segment' question type. Student Created Bulbs: Stimulate your students' highest Bloom's by having them act as the instructor and create their own PlayPosit bul…

How to Flip your Professional Development

A few years ago, flipped instruction, was a concept touted by only the most adventurous of educators.  Now, however, the movement has taken off from being a rare practice to an integral part of thousands of classrooms all over the world. According to research from online course provider Sophia Learning and the Flipped Learning Network, the number of teachers who have flipped a lesson has grown from 48 percent in 2012 to 78 percent in 2015. Moreover, google trend reports (see graph below) analyzing the quantity of searches for the term ‘flipped classroom’ point out that interest in this movement has grown by magnitudes within the last five years. Also within the graph below you’ll notice a relatively constant quantity of search for the term since 2013, counteracting the common criticism that the flipped classroom is a fad destined to fade away.

Along with this rapid growth of adapting flipped methodologies with classroom students, flipped instruction has recently become a mainstay for i…