Deep Viewing

Education Services / L’équipe des services d’éducation
26 January 2012

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What is Deep Viewing?

This is a strategy that helps students to obtain and summarize information presented in a video.

Why use it?

  • To make video viewing more interactive than passive
  • To help students focus their viewing of videos
  • To help students summarizing information presented through videos
  • To support students who are visual as well as auditory learners

How do I use it?

Deep Viewing Template
  • Provide each student with a Deep Viewing BLM. This can be made from the Deep Viewing Template (see image at right).
  • Students summarize the information presented in the video by writing in the first column “...with picture and sound” while they watch the video.
  • Replay the video with only the picture.
  • Students summarize further information which they gather while viewing the video without sound and add it to the second column “...with picture only.”
  • Replay the video with only the audio.
  • Students summarize further information which they gather while viewing the video without visuals and will add it to the third column “...with audio only.”
  • After the video has been viewed in all three methods, the students:
    • read their notes to one another in pairs or small groups
    • make additions or revisions to their notes
    • write the pooled information on chart paper
    • report to the whole class

Tips for success

  • This strategy works well with videos that are very fast paced and dense with information.
  • Choose a video or a piece of a video that is not too long in length. If the video is long, then the video should be chunked to help students summarize the information.


  • If the video has many visuals, such as labelled diagrams, start with viewing the picture only.
  • If the video has very descriptive audio, then start with the audio only.
  • Not all three viewing methods need to be shown; however, picture and audio together should always be shown as one.


  • As a more enriching strategy, students are instructed to not only record what they see but also engage with it by:
    • asking questions
    • noting unique or difficult vocabulary
    • stating feelings
    • making connections
    • challenging or objecting to what they hear
    • creating a visual response


Cambridge University Press blog (2015). 5 ways to use video in the classroom. (accessed Dec. 16, 2016).

Denning, David. (n.d.). Video in Theory and Practice: Issues for Classroom Use and Teacher Video Evaluation [PDF document]. (accessed April 28, 2014).

Create-Your-Own Deep Viewing

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