Benefits of Video Recording Class Lessons
The modern classroom isn’t quite what it used to be as little as five years ago. Today, schools over the world are trying to embrace the rise in new technologies and modernize the learning experience.
For instance, Google Classroom is incredibly popular, teachers are using machine learning algorithms to find out how students can be better assisted in certain areas and recording videos in class is more widespread than ever.
Pioneered by some of the largest universities in the world, several Ivy League schools like MIT make their recorded videos available online for anyone to use. Sites and organizations like Khan Academy have picked up on it and it currently stands as one of the most trafficked websites in the world.
Obviously, then, there’s a place for this transformative technology. Over years of using this methodology, certain patterns have occurred and we’ve been able to pick up on several benefits of recording class lessons.
One issue modern teaching style fail to address is the fact that different students have vastly different learning styles. Some students will always be faster learners than others. A recorded class lecture facilitates these different learning styles by enabling anyone to speed up and process the information as fast or as slow as they need to.
It is also possible to add captions and generate audio transcripts to make the class material more accessible to people with disabilities, for instance.
Besides which, a lot of people find it easier to remember information when captions are added. Video recordings are thus essential for supporting all manner of learning styles, increasing accessibility among all different kinds of students.
Along with the previous point, not many students can both take notes and process information at the same time. A recorded lecture with audio captions provides the opportunity to rewind and forward the video as much as needed and notes taken in the process.
As long as the video is hosted in a secure server, it also means there’s not much lost should the student lose their handwritten notes.
Some lecturers are also incredibly fast in their approach to teaching. A math lecturer who rushes through the foundations of calculus will have students with all manner of questions later on, for instance. The student can slow down or speed up the lecture as much as they want, in this case.
Helps in the course-choosing process
A lot of students pick certain courses, only to realize it’s not exactly what they expected. Take for instance someone with a love for cars picking a mechanical engineering course, so they can later specialize in automotive engineering.
Only to realize engineering is more about the intricacies of the physics and science of machines rather than simply talking about engines or worse, their aesthetic appeal. Watching a video or on the course should help quickly get rid of such uninformed views.
Most schools allow students to switch courses during the first two weeks of the first semester. If you do decide to change courses during the second week, you’ve already missed at least a class or two in the semester. Should these classes be recorded, catching up will be a lot faster.
Rewatching for Comprehension
It’s often said that the key to mastery is repetition. Most people need to hear information multiple times in order for it to stick. It all goes back to how different people absorb learning material. Others will make connections to work they have read earlier when new information is presented, while others will resort to a quick Google search to help everything fit.
Rather than fumbling with their phones in the middle of class, creating the risk of missing important parts of the lecture, the student can just take down notes and do their research later.
Additionally, instead of raising their hands an uncomfortably large number of times because they couldn’t hear what you said, they can just rewatch the video as much as they want.
Rewatching a video can also help condense lecture material and get rid of parts of the lecture that they don’t find useful. A lecturer giving a refresher on what was learned over the course of the last semester, should the student have perfect recall, isn’t very useful.
Speeding Things Up
On the other end of the spectrum, some students may already be familiar with the information they are being presented with. A student switching over from a mathematics course to an engineering course will have an easy time with a lot of the concepts he’s being taught, for instance.
All he needs is the final bits of information at the end of the lecture. Another example would be Med students, who prefer to watch lecture capture videos at two times the speed, depending on the student, of course. Again, it all comes down to supporting different kinds of learning habits.
Reach absent students without reteaching
Absentee students are a logistical nightmare. Having to reteach a whole concept because of a single student is a giant hassle, but you can’t simply leave them in the dark.
Should it be one of those concepts that is almost impossible for the student to learn on their own, or the student themself being slower than others, it’s an even bigger problem.
This is a problem that’s quite easy to solve using recorded class lessons. So much so, in fact, that it would seem as if it’s a problem that exists just to be solved in this way. ‘Ready-to-play’ lessons that can be watched from the comfort of the student’s own home, or hospital, should they be in the position to, is extremely powerful too.
Some services allow you to add popups, notes and optional quizzes in the middle of or at the end of the lecture video. The amount of engagement this helps create is phenomenal. Quizzes are by far the most beneficial way to help students understand information, especially when they can research it themselves.
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