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.

Text, audio and video in Corporate Digital Learning


When I create a course and it's time to think about means by which I want to deliver the content to my leaners, I think not about learning styles of my learns but about the content at hand. I am a follower of the idea that the content itself dictates what format that should be chosen to deliver it.

If I want to teach learners how to use a new software, giving them an audio file will not be my first choice (even if a have a group of so-called auditory learners). The video will serve better to present the material to the learners. Similarly, if the course is about new methods in surgery, the text will not be appropriate. To conclude, look at your course objectives and contents to decide what is preferable text, video or podcast.

Frankly speaking, at the beginning of my career, I believed that my choice of the media should depend on learning styles of my learners (auditory learners; visual learners or tactile learners). I even pre-tested the target audience to make the right decision which learning style is prevalent in a group. Today, I accept the idea that learners have different preferences but their preferences are simply auxiliary.

teamaudio #teamvideo #teamreading

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