5 reasons to turn a textbook lesson into a video

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Using video in the education space isn’t a new concept in 2020. In fact, a recent study by Sony found that about nine out of ten professors are using educational video in some capacity. Sure, building out a full-fledged online video course is a big undertaking even for the most tech-savvy professors. That’s why this blog post aims to start small and look at the benefits of turning one singular textbook chapter into a video lesson.

  • Video is Shareable: Whether it’s between students in the same class or between satellite campuses, a video can be shared between anyone, anytime. This makes it an incredibly easy-to-access resource that students can rely on. Sometimes office hours or TA visits aren’t enough to ensure student retention of the material – so why not have a resource that’s available to them 24/7? 
  • Video Breaks Down Complex Concepts: Maybe a professor’s style of notetaking doesn’t align with a student’s learning style, or maybe taking notes while listening is too much for students. Given that roughly 65% of the population are visual learners and 30% are auditory learners, chances are high that students need more visual resources to understand concepts.
render pilots animated educational video
Example screenshot of an animated educational video

Video is a masterful tool at consolidating complex concepts into visually and audibly engaging material so no one has to compromise their learning experience. Animated education video is great at this because simple, colorful animation designs representing complex components can act as memory triggers for students, helping them better retain the material being taught. 

  • Video is Rewindable: Pretty straightforward – Unlike a live lecture, students can rewind and replay sections that don’t click with them right away, ensuring maximum retention.
  • Using Video Shows Digital Literacy: Video has become a mainstream form of communication, especially for younger generations using social platforms like Instagam, Snapchat, Youtube, and Tik Tok. The gap between digital literacy and education needs to narrow and using video can help in a few ways:
  1. Students will be learning through a form of communication they’re already used to, so it’s less of a transition to go from, say, a funny Snapchat video to an animated education video. 
  2. Using video to teach can help raise authority in the classroom by showing students that you can adapt your learning material to fit their needs and that your content is relevant.
  3. Video opens up doors for different ways of collaborating and sharing between students and teachers–ways that hand-raising in class or visits to TA hours may not be able to provide.
  • Video Saves You Energy in the Long-Run: Most professors probably know the specific topics that students get hung up on the most each semester. But once a video has been made on that specific topic, it’s everlasting. Not only can this video be used for every new semester without extra work on the professor’s part, but it can also be edited or customized if needed with minimal effort.

While the list goes on, these are five of the top reasons to consider using video when teaching. A little more work up front means less work in the long-run, and a more engaged and motivated student base.