This is a pragmatic blog for providing technical knowledge to adult professionals. So we are not going to address big questions like:
- Do they truly educate or do they entertain you enough that you feel “educated?” (Hack Edcuation:"The Wrath Against Khan”)
- Are educational systems based on videos mostly about selling the dream of education rather than education itself? (New York Times:“The Trouble With Online Education”)
No matter which side of the aisle you are on in this big debate, if you are in the need to learn something useful (quickly) and you are choosing a web source to learn from- remember these five critical factors - and then decide whether to use a video or some other source. These factors may not guarantee the success of a learning session but ignoring them will most likely ensure the session’s failure.