Hello fellow writers, bloggers and members of Matinée Multilingual,
Sometimes, I believe that if I were born in a generation without YouTube videos, I might…die. Alright, alright…you might think that I’m exaggerating but I mean it. Webpages or documents that incorporate videos are essential to my success as a learner…both in academic and general matters. My visual-audio oriented learning style allows me to remember video content quicker than that of text information on a screen. This plain text certainly entertains viewers to a certain extent, don’t get me wrong. Yet, an interesting spark is added to the webpage’s text if it is accompanied by a video; this spark engraves a deeper lasting memory into the user. Perhaps I first noted the added magic of webpage videos on my first ski trip. Then again, it was probably one particular day of bio class where the concepts, being explained in French, seemed incomprehensible.
Most people consider bio to be an easy subject…but try saying that when you’re learning it in your second language. I had leaped at the opportunity to take the French version of the class, not only to challenge myself but to prepare for university in diverse locations. For the first few units, I loved everything…but then came the DNA unit about punnett squares. I just remember that horrific lesson where we simply read information off a bio website opened up on the SMARTboard. I can’t tell you much else of what happened that class…because the French impaired my complete understanding of it. But mercy found me in the midst of this learning disadvantage and at the end of that incomprehensible website was a YouTube video. My visual-orientated mind understood the animations of the video and various English subtitles helped as well. In this case, videos within webpages certainly enhanced my user-experience…and my bio grade.
Although, academic webpages are not the only sites that benefit from videos; this is a truth I learned on my first ski trip. Everyone was so excited when we arrived at Whistler Ski Resort but I, unfamiliar with the sport, felt terrified. Our tour guide tried to cater to this fear, however, by pulling up a skiing tutorial on the resort’s website. He read us through each step which only worried me more because I didn’t understand all the terminology…I couldn’t visualize it. I grew bored with his seemingly useless text and began to fret internally. Fortunately, the webpage featured a tutorial video with funny actors and music which finally explained and visually demonstrated all that I needed to know.
These experience have helped me realize the importance of videos in webpages when striving to teach concepts while maintaing the interest and motivation of learners. Thanks to these videos, visual learners can easily join conventional learners in the comprehension of difficult topics. Webpage videos allow us to rise to our full potential despite language barriers or experiences and that makes them the greatest learning tool of all.