With more than 68,000 students, the University of Central Florida (UCF )is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and one of the largest universities in the nation. Students come from all 50 states and 153 countries
We spoke to Dr. Kenneth Hanson, a Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) who uses HeyGen to teach his students the History of the Jewish People.
The University of Central Florida strongly requested Professor Hanson take his course online, prompting him to begin creating videos of historical instances. Teaching his courses online and educating students to understand the history of the Judaic people. This posed several challenges (in addition to creating videos), and although the university had a studio where videos could be made, there were several logistics to consider:
I realized that rather than go into the studio to wait for these things to get edited, these characters can be created, and AI can generate them and even create voices and accents.
Utilizing HeyGen's assistance, Dr. Hanson had an epiphany: AI technology could breathe life into historical figures. The characters could be animated by inputting a script, offering a fresh and modern approach to educating his online students. Using his prior video creation experience, HeyGen now enables him to produce more content efficiently, injecting fun into the learning process.
Creating videos solves accessibility issues by integrating closed captions, making the lessons more inclusive.
As a lecturer, Dr. Hanson often shares information with students in an unrehearsed way. Creating AI videos allows him to think through the process and add more details that would otherwise get missed when giving a lecture.
Education shouldn't be just confined to only those who sign up for our classes; it's for everybody. AI is a game changer because rather than spend a couple of weeks to produce a single video, I'm doing this on my own now, with my own laptop.
Using AI in a productive way is the future.
The integration of technology in education brings significant advantages to institutes of higher learning and professors. By harnessing these tools, educators can promptly respond to students' needs, crafting bite-sized learning content that is tailored to captivate students and enhance knowledge retention.
For more information, please review Dr. Kenneth Hanson's live interview: