Creating micro-videos to demonstrate technology learning and digital literacy

Mark Frydenberg (Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA)
Diana Andone (Universitatea Politehnica din Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 21 November 2016



Short videos, also known as micro-videos, have emerged as a platform for sharing ideas, experiences and life events via online social networks. This paper aims to share preliminary results of a study, involving students from two universities who created six-second videos using the Vine mobile app to explain or illustrate technological concepts.


Students were assigned the task of creating a Vine video to demonstrate their understanding of an assigned technological concept. A survey, performed after creating their micro-videos, asked students about the technology tools they use that allow them to be creative, their current personal digital literacy skills and the extent to which they are able to express a complex concept in a simple way. The study categorizes the students’ micro-videos to determine which formats might be most effective in demonstrating technology learning.


An analysis of their videos shows that the six-second constraint often inspires creativity and critical thinking, as students need to carefully consider the message they wish to convey, and how they can do so effectively in a compelling micro-video. The creation of such videos provides an effective way to demonstrate student learning and digital literacy skills.

Research limitations/implications

The study presents preliminary results gathered during one semester, with 68 videos created by 75 students.

Practical implications

Micro-video platforms are popular among today’s students, whose increased use of social media, dependence on mobile devices and desire for constant connectivity enable new outlets for creativity and communication. This study examines the introduction of a micro-video platform, which many students already use in their personal lives, in an educational context to develop their technology and digital literacy skills.

Social implications

Students learn to use an emerging social media platform as a vehicle to inspire creativity and learning.


This study explores and shares preliminary results related to the use of micro-videos for demonstrating technology learning and developing digital literacy skills in the information technology classroom.



Frydenberg, M. and Andone, D. (2016), "Creating micro-videos to demonstrate technology learning and digital literacy", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 261-273.

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