How and Why to Inject Videos into Your Learning Strategy

I am hoping to learn Spanish this year.

Back in the day, I would have bought a Spanish-English dictionary and trotted off to the library to check out some audio CDs that teach conversational Spanish. Now, however, I simply go to YouTube and search. I found Culture Alley, which is some pretty nifty video learning — just enough, just in time, and just for me (also known as micro-learning/nuggets).

So here are a few thoughts about how and why to inject videos into your learning strategy.

Dr. Emily A. Moore with Texas State Technical College reminds us that video learning is an “integral component of today’s educational landscape — from kindergarten all the way through higher education.” I would add to that statement; videos are crucial in the corporate workplace as well. As you might expect, a poorly thought-out design leads to an ineffective video, so keep in mind that you are not just replicating a “stand-and-deliver lecture.” Make the video support your learning objectives.

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