Text vs Video in a Course?

by Trivum
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I know this topic has been done before, but I haven't seen it done in a while.

So now that video is so prevalent in general and in courses in particular, I wonder what people think of doing a course that is mostly text based vs. a course that is mostly video based. And I wonder if you've changed your preferences over time.

Which do you prefer - text or video?

And if the material is both in video and text, which would you pay attention to most?
#text #video
  • Profile picture of the author chrisuchi
    video is more perfect for me.

    personally video makes me take action
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  • Profile picture of the author cianci1129
    It is my observation that people can easier follow a course that has videos- if they are done right. I've seen cases where people have better luck with a PDF than videos.

    That being said, a video course (of good quality) with accompanying PDF's such as a to-do list, mind map and resources as supplemental information will be able to get someone off the ground much quicker than having to read through a 50-200 page PDF.

    Just my two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author gmarklin
    Video's of good quality are great, but many are not, that is why I look for a pdf of the course as well
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    The thing I absolutely hate about video is trying to go back and find a segment later, especially in long videos. But I think that most people prefer video over text. My recommendation is to use video in short lessons, and include transcripts, or at least some kind of text index that tells what is covered in each video.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Not all courses need to be in video. As mentioned, lots of video flat out suck. There are others where the nugget you want is buried somewhere and very hard to find.

    Ideally, if you absolutely need to present with video you make each segment short and to the point for obvious reasons. It doesn't take much more effort to offer the video content in PDF. So my answer would be, do both.
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  • Profile picture of the author ewritezone
    If the course needs a visual explanation, then I prefer videos. If it's going to be a power point video, then I don't see why I can't read the same information from a couple of pdfs?

    I don't like long videos either. I agree with John. Once you start implementing a method, you'll want to go back to certain parts of a course, to brush up your knowledge. Doing this is a pain with long videos.

    But, I do like when product creators make short 5 minute video chapters where each video covers a certain topic. You get a sense of accomplishment when you finish each video.

    Then again, I hate Pdfs with 100s of pages of content. From what I've seen, most of these pdf courses have more than 50% fluff, which makes finishing them a pain.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      My grandfather used to say, "give a kid a hammer, and everything looks like a nail."

      Use the right tool for the job.

      If you use 20 pages of step-by-step instructions, along with screen shots, when a two-minute video would do the same thing, go with the video.

      If you need 30 minutes of video to do what could be done with a two-page PDF, go with the PDF.

      As for long videos, one of the best treatments I've seen was on an old VHS copy of "Golf My Way" with Jack Nicklaus. This was a three hour tape. What the creators did that was so smart is they created an index of sorts, listing various lessons and the time stamp where they started. That way, I could fast forward to the section I wanted to review.

      Of course, that was a lot more work than the "have a high-dollar product in an hour" crowd, mumbling into their video cameras or reading articles over a PowerPoint presentation with the same text.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizMath
    One of the main advantages behind videos is people see that there's a REAL person behind the course, MORE TRUST.
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  • Why not complement the text with video review of the post?

    This is what I do on my blog posts because you want to be everywhere and in your traffic's eyes all the time.

    Some like to read while others like to watch videos. Do both

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    • Profile picture of the author koolphoto
      I prefer PDF to learn in general. When it comes to some type of step by step learning, then I like video.

      I like to think of online learning the same way I used to do it in school. I had a text book and then went to the lectures which helped me solidify what I learned in the text book.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sebulba
        I couldn't say it any better.

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        Originally Posted by koolphoto View Post

        I prefer PDF to learn in general. When it comes to some type of step by step learning, then I like video.

        I like to think of online learning the same way I used to do it in school. I had a text book and then went to the lectures which helped me solidify what I learned in the text book.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheaba
    IMO e-book are the best, they are stunning me!
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  • Profile picture of the author NickNimmin
    Originally Posted by Trivum View Post

    I know this topic has been done before, but I haven't seen it done in a while.

    So now that video is so prevalent in general and in courses in particular, I wonder what people think of doing a course that is mostly text based vs. a course that is mostly video based. And I wonder if you've changed your preferences over time.

    Which do you prefer - text or video?

    And if the material is both in video and text, which would you pay attention to most?
    Video wins every time with me. I'm a very visual learner (I learn fast when I see someone else do something) so video is perfect for me. However charts, diagrams, etc., when provided to compliment a video take it even further.

    So with that said, I think you can't go wrong mixing the two. Might as well toss in an mp3 while you're at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author M1ks
    If the video is interesting is much better then text course. It gets more attention. Text in my opinion is boring.
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