At the Diverse conference, it seems to me that the use of video for learning is exploding – and I am SO glad it finally does… That should allow us to finally move beyond words on the screen as the dominant paradigm for learning and get more exciting stuff on those screens!
This afternoon, a panel was discussing barriers to the use of video. One such barrier is the difficulty to find out what is available. Interesting that his is still a problem 🙂 Everyone seemed to agree that metadata (librarian style, automatically generated or folksonomy style) is crucial to solve this issue. Beyond finding relevant stuff, the teacher may need support to actually do something useful with it. (Notably, nobody mentioned that students may be able to take care of that part themselves…)
For reasons that I don’t quite understand, almost everybody seems uncomfortable with storing his video material in youTube or blip or the like. In my view, it would make more sense and enable faster progress and more impact if we build on these basic services and focus more on how we could add value. Actually, what do you think we should add to these services to make them more relevant for learning? I’d like to know…
(And now I need to prepare for my keynote in an hour from now – I think you will be able to follow it on the conference web site.)