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Chapters 2 › Unit 2: VIDEO vs. TEXT vs. PODCAST - What's Your Opinion? How Does it Change Your Learning and Which Do You Prefer? View instructions Hide instructions

VIDEO vs. TEXT vs. PODCAST - What's Your Opinion? How Does it Change Your Learning and Which Do You Prefer?

So far, you were able to read or listen to the texts we have provided and occasionally watch a youtube or TEDtalk video as part of the additional material section. How did the different materials change your learning and course experience?

If you need more inspiration to answer this question, check the following TED Talks, text and TED Talk podcasts in order to decide what type of resources change your learning:

This TED Talk by Salman Khan even talks about using videos for education.
Video by TED Talk.

And here are 7 more talks about learning and MOOCs and about education in general.

Or would you rather read up on this topic? Then maybe you would prefer this article by Yaro Starak on "What Content Is Best – Audio, Video Or Text".

The NPR TED Talk Podcast interviews keynote speakers and presenters about their TED talk. You can either watch the talk or listen to it. Here are two episodes about learning for you to try out:
The first and the second one.


Think about what type of material and content suited your needs best and spiked your interest the most. Are you more #teamaudio, #teamvideo or #teamreading?
What changed your learning and your course experience?
Write down a short explanation in your journal and make sure to set the entry to public, so the course community can read and comment on it.



From personal experience I find text and reading is the best medium for me, and usually in hard copy. If I get a long email or a document to review, I will print it out. It allows me to scan it, jump back and forwards and mark it up. Although you can do all of these digitally, think the tactility of it also adds to retention or understanding.

As noted in the blog by Starak, it is the message that is important. I read somewhere a while ago that adult learners will accept any form of medium as long as they can learn what they need to know. So a simple text file is good enough if the content is clear.

After text / reading, I find video good, especially the TED style talks. They usually have engaging presenters which help with retention, though I usually need to watch them 2 or 3 times for best retention.

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