Video has quickly become a dominant learning and communications medium in higher education. Panopto recently commissioned new research in partnership with youth trend experts Voxburner to find out what students really think about video learning technologies. More than 500 university students from 135 different UK higher education institutions from across the higher education sector took part.
Here are ten key lessons we learnt from students’ responses.
90% of students agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘technology improves my ability to learn’.
Here were some of the comments on why students felt technology boosted their learning process:
92% of students agreed with this statement. When asked why they agreed, these were some of their responses:
78% of the students surveyed were already using online video platforms like YouTube or Vimeo to teach themselves new skills or acquire knowledge. Specifically, students are using online videos to help with coursework or projects, research which universities to apply to, and for learning to speak a new language.
When we asked ‘what one technology could you not live without’, the mobile phone recurred again and again. One student summed up the importance of mobile devices as follows:
“[…]it allows me to connect with people around me, find out information, stay engaged and educate myself.”
33% of students told us that they had been given ‘how-to’ tutorial videos by their lecturers.
This figure has almost doubled since last year.
We asked students to tell us about their preferred medium for learning or researching a new topic. Here’s what they said:
We asked students about the environment that helps them learn most effectively:
Here were some of their further comments on the importance of a blend between formal and informal learning:
33% of students said they recorded video content for personal events or reasons, while 10% said they had created video recordings for educational reasons.