Streaming Video for Online Students

Education has changed dramatically since the introduction of the internet. Online learning has taken hold and is growing at a rate that may be surprising to some. To many, distance learning has become the new preferred method for training and education. The reasons for its popularity are the multitude of benefits provided by e-learning, with time, affordability and flexibility at the top of the list. Among the learning tools currently being used by students, streaming video offers a new alternative to traditional learning.

What exactly is streaming video?

Streaming Video is a video that is transmitted over a computer network. What makes it different from a video that is played on your local computer or downloaded from the internet is that it is transferred and played in small increments in order to avoid large download times. The video is buffered which means that a small amount of the video is stored prior to playback so the user has something to watch while the next little bit of video is being transferred.

Why is streaming video better than traditional learning materials?

As distance learning becomes the norm, streaming audio and video will be more prevalent in the delivery of text based course materials to students participating in online education. Learning through use of streaming video becomes more effective by appealing to your auditory and visual senses keeping information fresh and more interesting helping you process more complex materials.

Is streaming video effective as a learning tool?

One of the benefits of online learning is the increased access to material, tools and information. On the downside, online students would have to give up certain benefits that came with being in physically in the classroom. Now with the aid of streaming video, things like lectures, board notes, and visual aids/graphics can be interactively communicated to students as it happens.
Online learners have increasing access to instructional materials and tools that have been limited only to the traditional classroom setting. Now online learners can access lectures, notes, assignments, communication tools, visual graphics among others through the internet connection and a computer without stepping a foot into the traditional classroom. This is how easy and effective streaming video has become.

How video stacks up against text books

Traditionally, educational material was processed by students as if it were raw, text based data (words in a book). With video, the subject matter comes alive enabling student to use a visual reference to recall and remember the information. In other words, the education becomes real.

Streaming video benefits educators too

Streaming video is a tool that can bring new life to teaching plans making it possible for teachers to not only meet the needs of today’s students but make the course more fun and interactive. Add to that an increased ability for their students to learn, educators will find the use of video to speed the learning process as well as provide for students a better understanding of the curriculum.



I agree with your proposition relating to the value of video within education. I am one of those people who retain more info from watching something vs. reading something. I find it more captivating and get a stronger connection.

January 7, 2010, 12:00 PM

I think video creates more engagement and makes learning through association very compelling. Video and elearning becomes more cost effective for students than having to pay for traditional textbooks. The fact that we are becming more of a digital society will enable students to download curriculum on iphones and other handheld devices which should lead to more efficient learning techniques.

January 13, 2010, 1:43 PM
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