One branch of digital media is video. Are you a visual learner? Do you want to see your lecture, instructional video or content come alive by watching it through video? There are many instructional uses and so much new technology out there which makes all of these things possible.
Would you prefer to have a different way to present information as an educator? My wife is a visual learner and received her degree in teaching and technology has come a long way since we were kids and in school. The technology today is easier to use and there are many valuable tools we can use when teaching and learning. Digital media today can create many innovative learning opportunities as well as new assessment opportunities.
There are three things I want to touch on when it comes to digital media, particularly digital video and teaching and learning. The first is that you can record lectures for a later use. When my wife took Anatomy from the university, her professor recorded his lectures so students could watch them again, at a later time, to help them retain the information or for review for the next test. The video today can be put on video tape, DVD or a website to be downloaded, streamed or used as a video podcast. Recording guest speakers who may not be able to attend in person or can be recorded for a later use. Another example that you see all over these days is distance learning where you don’t need to be present. Second, you can create instructional videos. These are used to teach the main learning objectives or to teach general concepts. An example of this is making a video for training purposes. My wife attended a teaching conference where they used training videos to help their teachers learn and review concepts, procedures and expectations used at their school. Third, digital video is used to create films, documentaries or live events.
Since digital media has come a long way, using it for educational purposes has expanded the possibilities of teaching and learning. On the downside, most instructional videos are short and you just see the person talking. These videos take away the teacher – student interaction and opportunities for questions being asked and answered as well as class discussions.
On the other hand, there are many ways to make video lectures more effective and interactive. It’s the delivery of the material that will affect the role of the teacher and student. Students will have to learn their role and to work more independently. Teachers will have to find a team of people to produce effective learning materials.