Video education or a real person in the classroom?

video education

For the past year, the voices in favor of “Youtube lectures” grow louder and louder at university.

Some of our staff appear to believe that the higher education of the future consists for a large part of pre-recording lectures on video and putting them on Youtube. That way students can consume these lectures at a place and time of their own choice. On top of that, this kind of video lecturing will be more cost-efficient for universities.

I am not sure yet what to think of this development.

For the past few months I have been talking to a number of students about this matter. In quite a few cases I got the same, and rather surprising answer…

Yes, video lectures would be a wonderful solution according to my students.
But especially for lecturers who are boring and uninspiring.
Not surprisingly, students prefer to stay at home rather than to have a live meeting with a university staff member who doesn’t care about his job.

Although this is completely understandable, there could be a rather tricky catch in this.
Lecturers who are ahead of the crowd, and who are busy putting their knowledge on video, are likely to be the kind of staff who students would like to meet in real life instead of watching them on a screen.
And those who are tired of their jobs are most likely not the ones who are prepared to step into a new era of video education. A near-catch-22 situation.

I surely am interested in experimenting with lectures on Youtube video’s. At the same time I hope that students think my lectures are interesting enough to experience them as a live event.
Perhaps I should collect my most boring material and put it on video?