How Good are Interactive Lecture Video Courses

by | Jan 25, 2019

The need to be tech savvy

If you’ve never been tech savvy, online classes will force you outside of your comfort zone (in a good way). You will have to learn to navigate the course lectures, download materials and communicate well digitally.

This may be scary for some people.  However, in the information age, these are essential skills and will allow you to keep pace with others.

The most important skills that employees are missing are computer and technical skills. Of those reporting that they needed skills for their current job, 33% reported lacking technical skills, including computer skills.

Flexibility of delivery

Students are demanding more and more flexible and varied methods of delivery, for various reasons e.g. flexibility, time management, lifestyle, economics, and video is one way of delivering these.

Not all students report that they enjoy videoed lectures.  In fact, some students prefer just the audio with the powerpoint, preferring not to see the lecturer at all.  It all boils down to having different learning environments for different learning styles, as we have known for many years.

Attendance restrictions

The ideal is to attend a class and be face to face with the teacher.  But location, travel, time restraints and family commitments restrict some students from attending.

Online interactive lecture courses allow the student to study at their own pace in the right environment where they are comfortable.

Easier to focus and fit learning into the day

It’s not always easy to focus in class. Sometimes you’re tired.  And sometimes your mind just wanders.

With online classes, it’s much easier to focus on what you’re doing. You can put yourself in the right environment. You can wear headphones if your surroundings are noisy. Your interactions happen online, meaning they won’t easily wander off topic. And you can choose to study at a time when you’re freshest. If you struggle to concentrate, online classes might be the ideal solution.

With traditional classes, you have to work around the teacher’s schedule. If your class is at 9 a.m., you have to be in the classroom at that time and you have to attend the entire lecture.  And if you miss the class you have to find a way to pick up the information you have missed.

Whereas a video can be replayed at any time.  You can watch videos on the train or bus. You can respond to comments while sitting in the coffee shop. You can even watch part of a lecture, pause it, and then come back to it at a convenient time. If you have an already full schedule, online classes are the perfect solution.

Interactive lecture courses

Interactive lecture videos make for a better understanding of the content.  Anything which is visual and has an aesthetic appeal is very easily processed by our brains.  Compared to the words and audio, video is one of the easiest forms of transferring knowledge which needs to be memorised.