The use of videos to train and educate has grown dramatically due to advancements in technology. It is now easier to create, share and distribute videos to larger audiences. Videos are unique because they can appeal to all learning styles, especially visual and verbal. Another interesting aspect of videos is that they can be used in conjunction with other modalities to strengthen the material being taught or act as a supplement for learners who may need additional resources.
Videos and Presentations
Likely the simplest way to combine videos with another modality is to use videos in correlation with a presentation. While the video delivers the information, the trainer will be able to answer questions or provide clarity on a topic to which a video may have only provided an introduction. The presenter can control the video, pausing it when breaks are needed for questions and fast-forwarding or rewinding to move past material that isn’t necessary or to review a certain section. Using an interactive video during a presentation will benefit all kinds of learners by providing them with someone who can help guide them step by step.
Videos and Role-Playing
Even though videos are pre-made, they can still be interactive by directing viewers to complete tasks or encouraging role-playing. Role-playing allows learners to use all of their senses while absorbing the information through a fun and engaging activity. This interactive learning method can help learners retain information by providing a multi-modal learning experience to ensure that they stay focused and put new information into practice, use muscle memory, and create a fond memory of an enjoyable and new experience.
Videos and Lectures
Lecture is still used in training sessions and learning environments around the world. Adding a video to a training lecture brings life to a declining technique. When using a video to supplement a lecture, it is important to remember the main focus should be on the trainer, and the video should be treated as a secondary tool. The video can offer a transcription of the trainer’s key points, helping learners take notes. This can be especially useful for knocking down language barriers created by the lecturer (perhaps a thick accent makes it hard to understand certain words or phrases) or the trainee (employees learning in their second language can benefit if the video provides written text in their native language).
Using videos to teach may not be a new concept, but it is one that is constantly being refined and improved upon. As new, innovative forms of technology are introduced, the use of videos in the classroom will only increase. It is important to adapt to the new opportunities that technological advancements present, but it is equally important to remember the fundamentals of a proper learning experience. Video learning is a trending technique that is only made stronger by human innovation, interaction and ingenuity.