Video – what’s it good for? How to use it in learning

“I do think that e-learning is often treated as the default option, certainly for any self-study learning experience.  When in fact, using video perhaps in combination with other things, you can actually achieve very much the same results, sometimes more cheaply and sometimes more effectively.”

Clive Shepherd, learning technologist

 

When I was asked exactly what video is good for in learning I couldn’t come up with an instant answer, so here’s a considered one.

Undoubtedly video’s greatest strength is in quickly communicating high level understanding of a subject, while giving the content meaning and thereby engaging emotions.

The Battle Speech

A short film to kick off a piece of learning is what I describe as a Battle Speech Video.  It’s like the speech before the battle in Henry V – it gives an overview of the battle (the learning ahead) and tells you why it’s important, which in turn engages you emotionally.

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