To keep up with modern world, education is gradually becoming more digitalized, employing new technology in innovative and original ways. Even though are issues connected with those developments, there is an interesting way out of this predicament.
Education becoming more digital is great, but we should consider the trend among younger generations – the decline in the attention span during reading online – posing as an obstacle to the high quality of education. The so-called TL;DR phenomenon has been described in works of Heddendorf (2015) and Liu (2005), including such characteristics as “scanning, keyword spotting, one‐time reading, non‐linear reading, and reading more selectively.” (Liu, 2005) That is something you probably employ in your daily internet surfing (maybe you even skipped a part of this blog post to get to the main point).
Back to education – creative approaches such as using videoessays in classroom can become the new medium of transferring and presenting academic information in a world where textual information is slowly becoming outdated. As the best way to explain this term, let me present a videoessayists videoessay about videoessay (metavideoessay-ing!):
If you look up videoessay in Google, you will be presented with a variety of resources on the film essay. They can be considered as the provenance of this genre, and are mainly used by students majoring in film and animation. But as Hans Richter portrays the functions of essay film: “[it] can employ an incomparably greater reservoir of expressive means…” (TEDx Talks, 2016) The same can be said about videoessays and if you watched the video above, you will understand the difference between those terms.
And this slight difference, skillfully explained by Evan Puschak, is what creates a leeway for this term to be integrated into the sphere of education. Why not give the students a chance to create and receive information in new exciting ways, letting the audiovisual learners thrive and others to enjoy a breath of fresh air from the digital window, into the wonderful world of videoessays.
Liu, Z. (2005). Reading behavior in the digital environment. Journal of Documentation, 61(6), 700–712. doi:10.1108/00220410510632040
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