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What does SmART teaching and learning look like?

SmART teaching and learning can take many forms and is dependent on the unique circumstances. One common element to all SmART assignments is the use of smartphone skill-based video (SBV) tools to teach or learn practical skills.

In many courses, especially those leading to practice-oriented professions (e.g., athletic therapy, dance, engineering, and nursing) the teaching and situated learning of practical skills is central and students must perform a series performance-based assessment in order to succeed.

Video technology presents opportunities to revolutionise practice-oriented courses and the teaching and learning of practical skills.

There is a growing interest in employing the video application feature on smartphones to record embodied-based skills for teaching and learning in post-secondary education programs. As class sizes increase, students may have fewer opportunities to practice practical skills due to limited space and faculty time constraints.

Smartphone SBV tools could be uniquely suited to address this issue and aid in the acquisition of practical skills, considering the ease of portability and accessibility of these devices. In addition, as most young people now own and use smartphones, incorporating smartphone SBV tools into teaching, learning, and collaborating across diverse disciplines could support sustainable technology initiatives.

Featured assignments

Sample Research Critique

In groups of 3, you will record a video to demonstrate how a subcutaneous (SC) injection would look like given the new research knowledge. Each group will then provide peer feedback on the video before submitting the assignment.

Practical Dance Skills

Select 3 key technical concepts from the course and demonstrate how you have acquired these skills in 3 short dance combinations. Students provide voice-over narration to explain the three concepts they are highlighting in the video recording of their work.

Role-play assesment

Students will be randomly assigned a practical skill being taught on the course and will have 10 minutes to perform and complete the skill. Once the first person has completed the skill then they will video their partner completing their randomly selected skill.


What you will find

The platform provides curricular resources, pedagogical models, and technical supports for the smooth incorporation of video into the learning process. The resources are subdivided into four resource types:

guidance on making practice-based videos

Video Production

resources which provide guidance on making practice-based videos

guidance on making practice-based videos

Video Feedback

resources which demonstrate assessment tools and practices using video technology

guidance on making practice-based videos

Technique Illustration

resources that include examples of assignments and student work including “task-trainer” creation

guidance on making practice-based videos

Digital Citizenship

covers ethics, privacy and security as it relates to video production for teaching and learning

Resources can be accessed in one of two ways; via the SmART GUIDE or by browsing the Toolbox. Watch this video to learn how to use SmART.

The SmART guide

The SmART GUIDE is a resource curator. When this option is selected you are guided through a series of questions to end up with a curated list of resources that will apply to your specific situation.

The SmART GUIDE is an application. When you enter this part of the website some subtle changes signify that you are in a stand-alone space. The logo changes to “SmART GUIDE” and the main navigation is replaced with an “exit guide” button. The GUIDE starts with a brief interview to get to know who you are and where you need support. The questions start from broad and general then move to specific. The technical magic then takes the responses provided and converts them into filters which are used to give the curated results. A summary of responses given during the interview is visible in the sidebar, allowing you to return to any previous question and change the answer. Just below the response summary you will see the “see my results” button. The further along the guide you proceed (the longer your interview) the more specific the results. The results are your “curated playlist”

Explore the toolbox

The “Explore the Toolbox” option is a robust search tool for navigating the archives.

The resources can also be searched through the “Explore the Toolbox” option.  The toolbox page allows you to search, sort and filter all of the resources available. Using the search bar at the top of the page. When you enter a search term or a question the suggested results appear directly below the search bar. If you wish to limit the search results to a specific category you may select from the dropdown menu and the results displayed will show only resources in that category.

One pioneering SmART innovation is instructional support for students to build their own physical task trainers or ‘manikins’ for documenting complex, embodied knowledge in simulation or studio-based contexts.  Practising skills independently may require additional tools, and that’s where the task trainers fit in. They are devices that allow students to simulate work or practice-based situations cheaply and easily. Most skills improve with time, practice and ongoing feedback; however this is not always possible or practical in a traditional classroom. SmART resources enable students to practise at home, create smartphone videos of their attempts and to send them to instructors for feedback. This saves time, reduces students performance anxiety and it also allows faculty to give recorded detailed feedback.


Frequently asked questions

How to give feedback via Zoom?

Zoom is a video conferencing tool available to York University Faculty. Faculty can get a standard account at York Universit by contacting

Information and resources about Zoom are available here:

  1. Start an instant zoom meeting and share my screen:
    1. OR join a zoom meeting:
    2. OR schedule a meeting:
  2. Configure audio and video:
  3. Record a conference call: See “Screen Recording” FAQ




How to give feedback via Google Hangouts?

Google Hangouts is a video conferencing tool available for free from Google.

  1. Open an account. To use Google Hangouts, you need to make a google account. Click the link to learn more
  2. Start a Hangout:
    1. OR start a video call:
    2. OR start a group conversation:
  3. Invite others to join my call:




How to give feedback via Discord?

Discord is a free app for group chats and calls.

  1. Start a call on Discord:


How do I record my screen on my Mac?

Use Quicktime player, a software includes with iOS.

  1. To learn how to play, record, edit and share your movies:

How do I record my screen with Microsoft OS?

You can use the xBox live video capture screen recorder in Microsoft Windows

  1. To record a video using XBox live:

How do I record my Android smartphone screen?

DU Recorder is a screen recording App for Android devices.

      1. Download DU Recorder. 
      2. Watch the tutorial video:

How do I record my iPhone screen?

Screen recording is build in to iPhone.

        1. To record you screen on iPhone see the tutorial here:

How do I use Zoom annotations to give feedback on students’ video?

Zoom is available to all York University faculty.

    1. To use annotation on a Zoom call you need to be in a call, and screen sharing.
      1. Learn more about starting calls and screensharing;,
      2. Learn how to use annotations;

How do I use YouTube subtitles to give feedback on students’ video?

The Youtube app is free and includes video interactive/annotation tool that can be used to give feedback by adding subtitles.

    1. Add subtitles to my Youtube video:

How do I use H5P to give feedback on students’ video?

H5P  is a free app that annotates videos.

      1. Install H5P:
      2. Use H5P, upload content, create content, edit content, and embed content:
      3. Watch the quick start video instructions:

How do I use Camtasia to give feedback on students’ video?

Camtasia is available to York University Faculty. It can also be purchased from TechSmith.

      1. Add annotations to video using Camtasia:
      2. Watch the tutorial on how to add annotations:

How do I record with my smartphone?

You should always record video horizontally. It maintains the correct aspect ratio to playback on all video players. In other words, the video will fill the whole screen when played back on your laptop or uploaded to YouTube. If you record a video vertically it creates two black strips on either side of the video during playback to fit the height of the video and therefore does not use the full screen. Additionally, here are some other great tips to keep in mind when recording with your smartphone,

How to trim a video with iMovie?

you can add or remove frames with the clip trimmer.

  1. In the timeline, select the clip you want to trim.
  2. Choose Window > Show Clip Trimmer. The clip trimmer appears over the timeline.
  3. Do one of the following: Extend the clip: Drag the edge of the clip away from its center. …
  4. Press Return to close the clip trimmer
  5. Hide other people faces for privacy