Video isn’t just a medium for entertainment. It’s a powerful tool that humans use to learn information quickly.
Think about it: how many tutorials are on YouTube right now? Millions. That’s because we prefer to learn information quickly through video instead of, say, textbooks.
If we learn like this outside of the educational system, shouldn’t the system adjust to fit our modern preferences?
Learners need to feel engaged and empowered. When instructors pair eLearning with video, you’re giving learners powerful tools for effective, autonomous learning.
Powerful reasons for learning through video
The good news is that eLearning instructors can use video to their advantage to create visually-stunning courses that get learners results. However, many people still think that eLearning and video are just fads.
Here’s why eLearning videos are here to stay, and why educational institutions need to adopt them ASAP.
1) Quickly master basic concepts
A big hurdle for any instructor is teaching basic concepts to your learners. If you teach a complex course, it’s incredibly important for learners to grasp basic concepts before they move on.
Video is proven to help humans learn information more quickly. It appeals to both our auditory and visual senses, increasing the chance that information will “stick.”
With face to face learning, it’s hard to personalize information to your students. It’s not uncommon to have to repeat information, go back a slide, and do other time-consuming review work to get everyone up to speed.
But with video learning, none of this is necessary.
Students can access the video when they’re ready to absorb information. If they need to hear something again, they can simply rewind the video.
Thanks to smart LMS systems, if students need additional help, they can always reach out to their instructor for a quick online chat.
2) Video is accessible
Most Americans own multiple smart devices. We have smartphones, laptops, and other internet-connected devices in our lives that keep us connected to the world at all times.
Video is incredibly mobile-friendly. It’s a type of media that learners can access no matter their device or location.
Video is also accessible for learners with disabilities, or for learners with literacy issues. If you want to appeal to the largest audience possible in the most convenient way, video is the perfect medium.
3) Exercise problem-solving
Let’s say you’re learning in a math course. Would you rather read about a math problem involving a train, or would you rather watch a quick one-minute video about the problem?
Most people would choose the video. The human brain is wired to synthesize more information when we have auditory and visual cues. This improves communication and helps learners understand your message more quickly.
Plus, video is great for problem-solving. Video helps learners engage with the course in a more realistic way. They can use what they’ve learned in a safe, simulated environment that boosts retention.