Each of us eventually comes up with an idea, that books and lectures are crude, do not make a needed impact and bore the author as well as the audience. Usually, it is not the problem of a dull topic or frivolous groundwork on the material. It is just that most people cannot concentrate on something for a long time. They need to shift their attention to different subjects to stay focused. Especially young people, who got used to media from their very childhood.
Watching an informative video instead of a lecture sounds like a good idea. Making a video instead of a dull paper sounds even better. Luckily, the digital era has brought loads of benefits, among them the ability to get information remotely and choose the most convenient form of it.
People are primarily visual learners. Human brain mainly processes information through the visual images. We do create associations for better remembering, and we do remember things better when they recall some image in our memory. This may be the possible explanation why different kinds of visual aids are getting that common familiar and useful in studying nowadays.
What are Visual Aids?
Visual aids cover the variety of materials, that can be used in studying process. The main thing that differs them is the visualization of information. Visual aids are photographs, charts, slideshows, a vast variety of video materials, etc. In this particular article, we will talk about video and the way it can be used for studying. Here we gathered the main four types of videos commonly used nowadays by students and teachers all over the world.
#1. Prearranged video lectures
Taking a course online is becoming a trend these years. The benefits are obvious for both, students and tutors.
First of all, online studying allows much more possibilities to present the information. A teacher can combine video lecture with textual and image inserts, which are of particular importance. Thus the video lecture becomes richer, than an ordinary lecture in class. Also, the video of the speech can be edited numerous times to make sure every single piece of information is mentioned.
Secondly, students can get access to a video lecture by simply being online, from each part of the world, with no need to get out of their home. It makes studying cheaper, and thus, accessible to a bigger audience.
Thirdly, students, as well as tutors, get the opportunity to adjust studying to their schedule. As the video is available 24/7, unlike the live lecture, a student can watch it at any convenient time. This particular reason makes online studying that desirable. Students don’t have a need to wake up early in the morning and do not miss the important facts and ideas simply because being sleepy or tired.
#2. Web conferencing
Web conferencing is a term that covers different types of online collaborative services. It includes webinars (web seminars), webcasts (an online presentation that uses streaming media technologies to distribute content source to some simultaneous users), and peer-level video streaming.
This technology enlarges the opportunities of online studying. Recorded video lectures can get a great supplement in a web conference, where a teacher will be able to answer the questions of the audience, lead a seminar or simply get feedback.
Web conferencing is widely used to invite remote speakers to join the real scientific student’s meetings, thus opening the possibility to share knowledge and gain more experience by discussing ideas with the students and lecturers all over the world. The more different points of view we get, the deeper is our understanding of a discussed issue.
#3. Video Tutorials
As you probably know, a tutorial paper is a particular method of knowledge transferring which is used as a part of studying process. It is more interactive than a text explanation or lecture, as it teaches by using examples and is aimed to gather the needed information to complete a particular task. The most modern form of a tutorial nowadays is a video tutorial, for it allows to demonstrate all the steps of filling out a work along with the commentaries of the tutor. Such a demonstration is way easier to comprehend compared to a text, lecture or simple explanation. Visualization here plays the key role for the possible misunderstandings in interpretation are explained in advance through the visual series.
Usually, tutorials are oriented on the vast variety of ‘how-to’ topics. They can be performed in many forms, like a chain of consistent instructions or a session of solving an interactive problem. The best thing they offer is saving time, as usual, they are not longer than 15-20 minutes. So, students can quickly get the idea of ‘how-to’ do their homework and spend more time on actually doing it, instead of trying to understand the task itself.
#4. Smart presentation
This is a new kind of student’s works. They are more modern and allow students to express themselves and make tutor pay attention to their work. Smart presentations are aimed to replace the regularly written works, like different kinds of essays, papers, and research reports.
A smart presentation is usually a chain of logically organized images, animated pictures or short videos projected on a screen or shown on the electronic display device. The visuals in a presentation may be included just for their value, be a supplement to the text or clarify the main ideas presented verbally.
The video presentation is quite similar to a simple slideshow created in PowerPoint or to a Slideshare Presentation. Still, it differs a bit. A video presentation is more complex, as the presented series of pictures have to be fluent and in a high frame rate. Also, a video presentation allows to insert more visual effects, so it looks more modern. Visuals cover main points of the topic, show student’s attitude towards the issue, present research results in a visual form and give a wide variety of options to express individuality.
There are also different types of video presentations, depending on the reason student may need them.
Once finishing the group work, students need to present the results they have got. Previously, they had to choose one of them to speak for the whole group. And, as the experience shows, the one who presented the teamwork was considered to be a leader and a person who did the biggest part of work, even though it is not entirely accurate. Creating a video with all the participants included (themselves or their voices commenting the video) makes their input seem equal.
A good solution for everybody, who gets nervous before presenting their master’s thesis and is afraid to forget the main arguments. Creating a presentation as a supplement sounds good for some reasons. First of all, there would be a prearranged plan in a chain of visual materials, so it would be easy to cover the most important points. Secondly, the speech won’t be the only one in focus anymore, as the attention of the audience would be drawn to visuals too. Also, a video presentation can help the audience to get a better understanding of a topic and make the speech memorable, which usually leads to a higher grade.
Isn’t it better to make a short video showing the results of the investigation, instead of writing a long paper with charts and tables in it? A graph in a video can be animated to point on the main parts of it. A table can be transformed into a diagram or be presented on several slides, to make it easier to understand. A video is easier to comprehend. Thus it makes research results seem more ‘live’ and relevant. Isn’t it the aim of such a work?
The purpose of an argumentative essay is to convince the audience of something you believe. It is surely the same for an argumentative presentation. But the tools differ significantly. In your essay, you cannot use emotions, as every argument should be based on logic, facts history and statistics. It is the same for a text in a video presentation. Still, video allows you to add visual content that will appeal to the feelings of listeners, and this will give you more chances to compete for their favor. No cheating here.
Video has many benefits comparing to a text. It is a way to get needed information fast and easy. It is an excellent way to present your investigation in a brand new way and surprise the listeners via loads of possibilities video offers. No wonder, that video nowadays gains more loyalty than books and articles. This form of getting information is used in a vast variety of ways, and we expect them to only grow in future.