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.

Factors influencing preferred content type preference.


Unit 5 has been a great starter for reflection on the content type preference!

I realized that listening to the pod cast same time as following the text in the PDF somehow gave me the best learning experience. Watching the video didn't work well for me. Why?

Well I can see many parameters influencing my choice. I have tried to deal with them below in prioritized order (even though it was difficult to do accurate).

The type of learning is a consuming type. I listen, read or watch and consume the information. For me the video offered to many distractions (in this late time of night and my wife listening to karneval music form Cologne in the background?).
I believe that me not being a native English speaker influences my experience. The combination of listening to the podcast and reading the PDF simultaneously offered the learning pace of the pod cast and the reading offered the "visual support" that I actually heard/understood the spoken word correctly. The pace of the pod cast supports my focus. Of course personal preferences also plays a role. Preferences that are probably grounded in prior experiences with educational institutions.

If we are to offer different content types we must also consider the motivation of the participants. Are they motivated to take responsibility for own learning? Cant the participants handle that there is no right or wrong about what content they must go through.

So for me it will be a combination of #teamaudio and #teamreading .

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