Media, especially video, impacts our lives in many ways and its significance is increasing. Hardly a day passes when we don’t watch a video or two on our smartphones or computers. Supported by digital transcription agencies, most businesses use video for marketing their website. Video has been a powerful e-learning tool for several years now, and in 2020-2021, the adoption of this medium saw a surge with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video is a great aid for both teachers and students at any level. The Impact of Broadcast and Streaming Video on Education, Cisco, found that
- 68% of educators believe that video content stimulates discussions
- 66% believe video increases student motivation
- 55% believe it helps teachers be more creative
- 62% believe video helps teachers be more effective
- 61% believe video is preferred by students
Benefits Of Video For Teaching And Learning
- Video combines many kinds of content (images, motion, sounds, and text), and students can relate to it much better than print material alone.
- Interactive video promotes learner motivation and engagement – verbally, by thinking or taking notes, or by applying concepts.
- Video increases knowledge retention. Students tend to remember concepts delivered through this visual medium better than with other instructional media.
- Students can watch instructional videos any time and from anywhere, revisit the content as many times as needed, and learn at their own pace.
- Video can be used to teach many subjects and deliver everything from math tutorials and science experiments to animated grammar lessons and feature-length documentaries.
- It can be used to tell stories, a tool that can grab students’ attention better than any other method.
- Video increases communication abilities and digital literacy, which are important skills for students.
Using video presentations in teaching make classes more effective. Teachers can use it to explain complex topics better as well as to teach concepts that are practical and best-explained step-by-step. Teachers who make their own videos can tailor them to the needs of their students. They can address barriers to learning by using transcripts to make their lessons comply with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) standards and meet the needs of individual learners, especially those who are deaf. In fact, audio transcription service providers play a key role in the e-learning set-up.
Report: Game-Based Learning Helping Students Develop Missed Skills
Research has long supported learning through games and learning with video can be fun. Game-based content can provide benefits similar to hands-on activities for younger students. The Daily Advertiser recently reported that St. Landry Parish teachers are using video game-based learning to help students develop missed skills. In an elective remediation class this year, students got to be ninjas or superheroes while honing their math and science skills to win the game. Port Barre Middle School teacher Sandra Castille said she was able to make instructional decisions based on data from the game, and this helped her understand how students were performing on certain skills. By tracking student progress in real time, Castille could customize the gaming experience and in-person lessons.
The Daily Advertiser report also showcases another teacher’s positive teaching experience using video. “With COVID I felt it was extremely important that middle school students have a fun way to remediate lost learning and improve deficient skills,” said Therese Ellender, supervisor of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) for the district. Ellender noted that students continue to “play” in the program after the school year ended.
Creating Accessible Educational Videos With Captions And Transcripts
While including closed captions and transcripts with educational videos will make the content accessible to those with hearing impairments, it also benefits all students. A survey conducted by Verizon Media and marketing and advertising agency Publicis Media showed that 80% of people use captions don’t have hearing problems and found captions improved engagement, focus, and comprehension.
“The specific areas that captioning can improve include: word recognition, word comprehension, vocabulary, identifying the main idea of a story, phoneme recognition, listening comprehension, and oral reading skills. Captioning also helps students understand and retain more of the concepts presented in the video, remember more of the dialogue of a film, take better notes, and participate more in class discussions of video content, making it a great tool for teachers of any subject at any level.” (Captions for Literacy, 2013)
Other studies have reported that closed captions and interactive transcripts helped students maintain focus and retain information better. Students can understand the lecture better when the text is visible along with the audio. Transcriptions can be downloaded from the classroom for offline review if necessary and searched for particular words or phrases. Reliable audio transcription service providers can ensure captions and transcripts that comply with federal accessibility laws.