The connection between video and education is not new.  Many researchers between the 1980s and now have linked visual clues to information retention. Videos motivate, engage students, and even broaden their skill sets more effectively than traditional classrooms can.

With ‘video capture’ or recording lectures for remote viewing rising as a new phenomenon and being predominantly used in higher education today. Professors urge the use of more effective kinds of videos such as animation videos or demonstration videos.

    According to Willmot et al (2012), there is strong evidence that digital video can inspire and engage students when incorporated into student-centred learning activities through increasing student motivation, enhancing their learning experience with higher marks, and adding development potential for deeper learning of the subject.

Also, employee interaction in online courses and training is the result of the evolution of the learner’s autonomy, team-working and communication skills.  Others outcomes are relating to interviewing skills, learning resources for future use, and finally opportunities for staff development.

    According to a 2004 study, the interactive features of modern web-based media players can be used to promote ‘active viewing’ approaches with students. Videos complement the learning process by demonstrating complex concepts and procedures as many times as needed. This allows home-schoolers and eLearners to maximize their benefit of the online courses and retain information at their own pace and time.

These methods help learners, especially students, feel more comfortable and enable them to focus on absorbing the information without having to worry about being academically behind their peers or even shy to ask their instructor to repeat the last point in a lecture.

    Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit company that provides free online courses, said in his TED speech when speaking about the videos he used to record for his cousins back in 2011, ‘’This content will never grow old, that it could help their [my cousin’s] kids or their grandkids. If Isaac Newton had done YouTube videos on calculus, I wouldn’t have to.’’

Sustainability and accessibility are among the various reasons why video learning is the natural evolution of education. In his ‘’Let’s use video to reinvent education’’ talk, Khan added that he didn’t think his videos would penetrate classrooms. Then he started getting letters from teachers who use his videos in their classes or assign them as homework.

Although the usage of technology in classrooms may still be overwhelming for many professors and lecturers, as it challenges traditional means of education. Other professors have been able to integrate it in their teaching techniques successfully. However, relying on videos alone wouldn’t be the most practical solution; Videos in an academic context still require professors’ supervision and their effectiveness cannot be taken for granted.


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