It is a challenge for educational institutes worldwide to offer students the possibility of practical learning. With educational reforms ongoing in many countries the emphasis is shifting away from "chalk and talk" type of teaching. By introducing basic soil and water laboratory tests on video prior to performing the lab test and field exercises, costly lab time is saved. We developed a DVD including 16 basic soil and lab tests filmed in Ethiopia. This project was supported by Cap-Net and the Nuffic program "Strengthening Ethiopian Universities in Integrated River Basin Management".