Our blog on Video-Based Learning gives insights into the concept of including videos in e-learning. This is an interactive approach, unlike the mundane ‘click-next’ form of e-learning. Although the term ‘video-based learning’ seems new, videos have been in use in e-learning for a long time now. Not only do they modify the ways of learning, but they also provide better learning outcomes. The various benefits of video-based learning have been described in this article.
Benefits of Video-Based Learning
a) Learner Engagement
Videos are an interactive way of learning. Learners are likely to engage more with videos in contrast to text-only content. This is because videos include visuals that paint a clear picture of concepts. Also, educators can use non-verbal cues to their benefit in such type of courses. Non-verbal communication such as intonation when combined with questioning skills promotes engagement. This strategy is not only effective for in-class teaching, but it also works for video-based learning.
Moreover, videos grasp learner attention with the help of colorful and interactive visuals. As a result, learners remain constantly engaged with the visuals while learning.
b) Experiential Learning
Learning by doing is the key to achieve the best learning outcomes. The practical knowledge of a concept is necessary along with theoretical knowledge. But this practical knowledge is limited to certain subjects, for instance, learners cannot dissect a human body by themselves to study human anatomy. However, videos provide a solution for such situations that limit learning. Learners can learn about anatomy through videos that show the human body through virtual reality. In this way, the actual practical learning takes place with the help of videos.
c) Longer Retention
Videos are an amalgamation of text, visuals, and sounds. All these form the basis of learning. Studies suggest that the average adults retain 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they read, and 80% of what they see. This is because the human brain processes visual information better than verbal or written information. Consequently, when the brain receives information in a combination of text, visuals, and sounds, it becomes easier to retain.
Furthermore, videos are much more engaging than mundane classroom lectures. Learners interact with the content on the screen and are free to revisit the lessons/courses at their will. This means that they are free to practice the concepts based on their convenience. This eventually leads to better learning and retention.
d) Economical Learning
Video-based learning is an economical learning solution. Learners have access to various educational videos available on the Internet. Most of these videos are available for free or at minimum charges. Also, video-based learning does not require traveling or attending classes physically. This helps learners save time and money that would otherwise be utilized.
Moreover, there is no requirement for books and other study material. Only a good Internet connection and a smart device can serve as the tools for receiving knowledge.
e) Easily Accessible
Videos are one of the most easily accessible resources in the current era. This is thanks to technology and the Internet which provide easy access to all online services. Learners can access any videos on the concepts that they wish to learn without having to spend much time finding a teacher. Moreover, videos are always available for reviewing to recapitulate a lesson/concept.
Additionally, technology enables educators to create learning videos on their own. There are various tools available on the Internet that help create an e-learning course.
(Read our blog on Creating a Video-Based Learning Coursefor more information.)
Future of Video-Based Learning
Auditory learning is gradually becoming a thing of the past. The Internet presents various new learning possibilities. Consequently, e-Learning is gradually becoming a go-to learning method. It serves learners with different e-learning styleswith an amalgamation of various teaching/learning methods. Video-Based Learning is a great way of administering knowledge. This is because videos immediately grasp the learners’ attention.
Although videos are a part of e-learning, they also supplement in-class learning. Various forms of blended learning (including the flipped classroom) use e-learning to supplement in-class learning. This yields better learning outcomes and also promotes better retention.
Video-based learning will have more consumers in the future, which is due to its ease of usability and application in a wide gamut of industries. It is not only useful for learning, it also serves various corporate training and learning needs. Additionally, with technology and resources gradually becoming available to all, creating educational videos will be much easier in the future. As a result, it has great potential to play a prominent part in the future of e-learning.