Video Is Changing the Way Millennials Learn
Over the past few years, video streaming has become a standard way to consume content. Social media sites are promoting videos because they help with engagement. Even though the infamous cat videos have become the symbol of wasted time, visual media has also made our lives productive. In fact, millennials are using videos to self-educate themselves. Vlogs on YouTube and Vimeo and video courses on eLearning platforms like Khan Academy, Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, edX and more are becoming the defacto educational sources for millennials.
Benefits of Video Learning
Using video to learn any topic has some significant advantages.
Visual Processing Helps Faster Learning
Human’s from an early age learn through visual cues. Babies learn to walk, recognise colours and facial expressions through observing and mimicking. So, video learning is a natural fit for humans. It improves retention. It also takes less time to provide more information than textbooks. Previous generations of learners had to depend on books because that was the only cost-effective method. However, the internet and the availability of video are changing that dynamic.
More Engaging and Entertaining
Learning from textbooks is not appealing. Learners have to train themselves to concentrate on reading large swaths of text. Also, when using a human teacher, the engagements of the lessons depend on the teacher’s personality and skills. On the other hand, there are lots of video options available and learners can seek out contents that can engage and entertain them.
Allows Repetitions and Revisions
With video learning, a student can repeat any lesson as many times as they want. If a student doesn’t understand something when learning from a human teacher, the only option is to ask for re-explanation. It’s not always practical to ask the instructor to repeat the same thing over and over again. As repetitions are the bedrock of mastering a new skill, video streaming provides a better option for learning.
Flexibility to Provide Individualized Lessons
Not everybody learns the same way. However, most classrooms or training processes are organised to provide the same material for everyone.
eLearning and social media platforms have more customizable options
so, anyone interested in a new skill can find the exact kind of videos that will help them learn effectively.
Challenges of Video Learning
There are some problems with video-based learning:
Lack of Personal Adjustments
Human teachers are still better at recognising particular areas of problems for learners and help them overcome obstacles.
Creating Videos can be Expensive and Time-Consuming.
Making good quality videos can require expensive equipment. Video editing is also a very time-consuming process. So, there might be less content available for highly specialised topics.
Reasons Millennials are Moving Towards Video Learning
Millennials are moving towards video learning for particular reasons:
- Availability: Earlier generations didn’t have the luxury of today’s videos and online training materials.
- Familiarity: Millennials have grown up watching and learning from videos. So, it feels like a natural process to them.
- Affordability: Learning through college or training schools is expensive. Millennials have found out that they can learn the same valuable skills using free videos or inexpensive online training courses.
The Future: Millennials Helping the Older Generation
Today technology is moving so fast that sometimes online videos might be the only option to gain a new skill. Colleges and universities can take too long to incorporate new topics into their curriculums. Older workers will either have to become adept at learning from videos or get help from their millennial counterparts. If older workers can only learn from in-person training, then they might need their millennial colleagues to learn from the videos and then teach them in a one-to-one setting.