Corporate Digital Learning

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.

Learning type or format : individual preferences vs. effectiveness and impact


As illustrated in the insights shared and additional resources curated, there is no unique , "one fits all" answer to the question of the most relevant content type or format.
Personnally, I can add 2 thoughts: one related to individual learning preferences, one related to learning outcome or stake (effectiveness/ impact)

On the first one, even if theory of learning preferences or styles is somewhat arguable (of argued), if I step back on my own personal preferences, I prefer clearly reading (mastering the pace, focus, interest...) over watching video (quality of the video and verbal/ non verbal communication skills of speaker or visual matters and make the difference) over listening podcast (least preffered, very hard time for me as lack of focus)

But it also depends on what I m looking for as outcome.. and this is were the 2nd point lies:
-If I m just looking for information, insights, principles, examples, inspirations... text or video are very good in term of effectiveness: self directed, at point of need, personal Knowledge managemen...
- If I need to fully master a concept, a principle of If I need to acquire or change a practice, a behavior... then I will look for impact and I will need reflecting, checking understanding, experimenting and applying => more engaging pattern, more action driven... both digital. and non digital!

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