Video tutorials in education
Video tutorials are a preferred way of learning by students everywhere. Cheaper data services and user friendly mobiles have added to the momentum. YouTube is the best sites to learn anything and everything that you want to. All kinds of tutorials in different languages are available abundantly. The same topics are explained through various means by different teachers. To get the right video tutorial, you simply need to keep checking till you hit the right note. For all such factors, video based learning has impacted the education sector beautifully.
Let us look at some of the reasons why video based learning is preferred by students.
1. Video Tutorials: Cost, Convenience and Comfort
Video tutorials provide all the convenience and comfort of learning a student might want. Learn at your own pace, space and will. If you do not like one form of teaching, switch to some other. Students do not have to travel to a coaching class or have a tutor in house to learn. They can plan their day accordingly and make sure that studies do not come in the way of sports or any other activity. You do not have to schedule anything as the videos are available on click.
The cost factor is not provided by many education based companies as the cost of production of videos is high. YouTube and Study Spectrum provide these video tutorials for free and can be accessed any time by students.
2. Video Tutorials: Learning not performance
The video tutorials have the single purpose of teaching and do not get into evaluating the knowledge of a student. This makes it more user friendly and students can learn free of any stress to score high. Rote based learning is prevalent in India as kids have a strong memorizing power. This form of learning impacts understanding. Memorizing can get facts in our brain but to apply these facts, one needs to understand them completely. That is why learn, not memorize is the mantra of education.
Smart use of animation and background manipulations make learning fun and effective.
Study Spectrum manipulates background to show images and animation of concepts the tutors is teaching in the video tutorial. Check this.
3. Video Tutorials: Learn at your pace
In schools you cannot ask a teacher to stop teaching for the next 5 minutes as you need to absorb the concept and mull over it. In video tutorials you can pause it whenever you feel like and there you are, all set to understand the concept before resuming learning. Students who are slow learner always shy away from asking the teacher to repeat the concept again. They simply stay quiet as the class moves on. This impacts the learning as the earlier concepts wait for clarification and the list keeps building on.
With video tutorials, the pace can be controlled, repeated over again and again and new methods can be looked into to clear concepts. Shy students or those who lag behind in concepts can easily catch up with these video tutorials.
4. Video Tutorials: Teaching beyond theory
Traditionally books are filled with lots of information and very less pictures. Because of this the concepts remain mostly theoretical and students might not be able to get a visual imagery of the concept. This gets addressed in video tutorials beautifully as the concepts are explained in video formats. It enables a student to get a whole around perspective on the topic and visualize it.
Remember, the globe, map and the body skeleton placed in schools for the visualization purpose?
5. Video Tutorials: Language you are comfortable with
While studying, the teaching is done primarily in English and students struggle to catch up with the language. English is not the mother tongue of students in India and we have actually adapted ourselves to it. Hindi is what families use to communicate, at least in northern part of the country. People actually think in Hindi. We translate the English sentence to Hindi for comprehension, reply in Hindi and translate it back to English while speaking. Consider rural areas where the regional language and not even Hindi is mostly used. Getting tutors or any good educational website for such audience is real challenge.
This gets addressed mostly in video tutorials as local dialect gets addressed through audio dubbing or recording. For this, video tutorials also come in vernacular languages so that language does not become a barrier. Getting a quality vernacular teacher can be very difficult especially outside metros.
6. Video Tutorials: Not just curriculum
Video tutorials provide not only curriculum based but also skills based learning. YouTube is filled with video tutorials for every art, craft and skill a human being can aspire to learn. All you need is a desire to learn. Many people learn coding, design software like Photoshop, Corel draw etc from YouTube and make a career out of it.
Video tutorials are the new darling of the education sector and facilitate good learning for students. However they are a long way to go as video tutorials are mostly subscription bases unlike YouTube and Study Spectrum. Undoubtedly they have revolutionized the way teaching happens.