Here is an interesting article from Faculty Focus
Pause, Play, Repeat: Using Pause Procedure in Online Microlectures
By: Judith Dutill, MA, and Melissa Wehler, PhD
The article advocates combining microlectures with pauses for interactive activities that allow students to review, process and clarify their understanding. The can include responding to brief writing prompts, playing “Devils Advocate” or pausing for short check-for-knowledge quizzes.
While it easy to see how this can be done in a face-to-face class, how would these pauses be incorporated in an online environment? Recorded lectures can be paused (either automatically if using a program like Adobe Presenter or by asking the student to pause a video) and then the student can be asked to think about a particular question, respond to short quiz questions etc. before continuing.