In an increasingly more digital world, harnessing the power of technology to make learning a more rewarding experience for students and teachers alike is critical. Not only does it open up new boundaries of learning for students, it also helps position students to better take advantage of the digital world around them, opening up new opportunities for them. Enhanced tech knowledge and tech-focused skills help create learners prepared for the world after their studies- and it starts by innovative teaching solutions in the classroom or lecture hall.
The Argument for Video
Due to the current rise of video to the kingpin position in social media sites, it tends to get a bad educational ‘rap’. After all, is quick content consumption not what is ‘dumbing down’ our attention spans? However, reputable studies link this issue to the wider challenges around broadened access to information, coupled with insidious marketing and a lack of quality control on the sources of much of that information. However older generations like to laugh at the antics of short-form video like TikTok, there’s one thing that’s undeniable- video is a powerful medium.
In fact, as an educational medium, it’s tough to beat. Bringing the ability to condense pages of written content into a short, digestible format that additionally offers a variety of learning cues- including body language, facial connection, and personalization- is powerful indeed. It also allows educational institutions to cater to a wider variety of learning styles among students.
Perhaps most importantly of all, it also helps keep learning student-focused, encouraging discussion and wider exploration of topics in classes. Greater student engagement, learning to work collaboratively, and encouraging self-discovery around the topic are invaluable.
Powering Up Virtual Learning Solutions
While video in itself has great value in a learning environment, so do newer technologies. Namely Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR). From levering innovations like chat bots to help self-guide remote learners, to better tracking of performance, provision of feedback, and even communicating with involved parties, technology in itself offers a lot to expand the traditional learning environment. Especially as many educational facilities have had to adapt to the rigors of online learning and learn-from-home programs.
However, the common perception is that these solutions are only available to the most affluent and up-to-date institutions. After all, traditional educational videos are difficult to create logistically, and need a host of equipment and skilled parties to create. However, there have been huge shifts in this environment.
Today, we see AI video makers making the process of creating compelling learning material, delivered by convincing artificial humans, as simple as feeding a text prompt into the generator and reaping the rewards. From short form tutorials to guides for virtual learning, this not only democratizes access to these future-focused technologies, but helps keep budgets tight and presentations laser focused.
Roughly 98% of educators believe that video will become a cornerstone in the personalization of education, with as many supporting the benefits of tech to improve learning and educational experiences for students. Smart use of adaptive, easy-to-access technologies like AI video in the classroom, from preschool to tertiary education, not only incentivizes learning and helps students bring technology into their educational adventure, but also helps boost learn-from-home and self-paced learning and provides a valuable resource for educators.