Learning with Videos

It recently occurred to me that there are such diversity of videos out there that cater to the visual learners in us. Gone is the talking-head shots that just ramble on. Now, when I watch video on the “how to…” topics, I am engaged by the creative ways these videos are put together.

As far as I can tell, these are the broad categories out there:

The “How To” videos
The best example of “how to” videos are undoubtedly WonderHowTo . They have every how to video under the sun, from how to draw a nude model to how to add extra buttons to the navigation bar on your Nexus 5. Users can submit their own how to videos and they can vote the videos up or down with a scoring system.

The Illustration/Draw-in-front-of-your-eyes videos
The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) animate series are particularly delightful. It uses animation technique to draw out clusters of ideas and topics as the speaker narrate in the background. Check out their animate series here:
http://www.thersa.org/events/rsaanimate

The “Edupunk” style videos
Edupunk, as defined by the New York Times, is “an approach to teaching that avoids mainstream tools like Powerpoint and centralized Learning Management System (LMS), and instead aims to bring the rebellious attitude and “do it yourself” ethos of 70s punk music movement to online learning.” The early days of Udacity certainly has the Edupunk feel as you see two slightly disheveled professors recording their lectures in a basement somewhere. The videos are often a little bit shaky and not professionally edited.  However, it is preciously this sense of imperfection that makes these videos so endearing and real.

The Lecture style videos
Of all the lecture style videos out there, I like Khan Academy the best. In lecture style videos, a series of tutorials are usually recorded by one (and occasionally two) teacher. These videos are then broken down by topics/lecture, and ideally are not overly long. Personally, I would recommend 2-5 mins per video before learners losing focus.

What do you think? Any more categories you like to add? Any good examples out there?

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