How online videos enable smarter learning

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In today’s digital age, online videos have become the preferred medium for the distribution and consumption of information. As reported by comScore, 182 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content last year for an average of 23.2 hours per viewer. YouTube reached 4 billion daily global online video views, a 25% increase in the past few months. This shows that how rapidly online videos are gaining traction among the people of digital age.

The popularity of online videos as a medium for the dissemination of information has now created remarkable space for disruption in the academic sphere. And it’s obvious because today’s “digital natives”- who have grown up in an immersive computing environment, are more at ease on a tablet than a hardback, are armed with smart-phones and are used to information that is just a click away, and not just any information- but information that’s presented in an easily consumable, fun manner. The ever growing use of online videos in learning is an obvious testament of that. It’s also a testimony of the ease, accessibility, and scope for innovation that online audio-visual platforms have afforded to educators and learners, alike. Some of the more academic reasons why online videos are becoming so widely popular are:

  • Online videos enable students to learn in their own ways and at their own pace, which obviously appeal more than staid lectern-bound lectures.
  • Videos boost memory retention. Actively watched videos help to retain information for a longer time as compared to the passively read texts.
  • The incorporation of online videos in the teaching process enables educators to effectively create more student-centered, constructive, and interactive learning environments and increase student participation to a great extent.
  • Streaming videos allow students attend classes even when they’re miles away. Moreover, through streaming videos students can skip or fast-forward the content that they feel they already know or is not useful for them.

Here is a list of, perhaps, the most disruptive online educational video resources that have caught the fancy of not just learners but educators as well:

  • Khan Academy – Khan Academy is arguably the most popular (and for good reason) online resource for science with exhaustive collection of clear, concise instructional videos covering almost all K12 science topics. Sal brilliantly breaks down tough science concepts into simple digestible form in a clear, well illustrated way. What also makes Khan Academy’s videos stand out, with more than 3.5 million viewers /month, is that the lessons and software can be accessed absolutely free.
  • TED-Ed- TED-Ed’s video library allows you to access educational videos on different subjects and topics. This rich educational platform lets you to flip the videos available online. By flipping a video, you can turn it into a customized lesson that can be shared with students and others in the circle.
  • The Cassiopeia Project – The Cassiopeia Project is an impressive resource with over 200 high-definition videos on a range of science topics suited for primary and middle school. The videos are free and open for remixing and editing for any educational use. The videos are available on the Cassiopeia website and can be downloaded, hosted on your own network or VLE and can even be personalized to meet your needs. For higher resolution versions, you can access them via iTunes U.
  • TeacherTube – TeacherTube receives a million of hits every month as it is an educationally focused venue for schools, teachers, and learners. Videos, audio, documents, and photos available on TeacherTube are valuable for teachers of different subject areas. Also, students who don’t like to rely on text-only documents can visit this site to search for information on any subject or topic.

Teachers of this digital era are making the utmost use of all the available technologies to enhance the understanding and learning of students. And, there is no better way than online videos for teachers to present the information in a flashy and entertaining way.

 

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