Where can I watch videos which will help me learn better
If you’re a student and you were born around 2000, you’d probably prefer video on text. At least that’s what researchers say. Two-thirds of Generation Y (Millennials), according to one survey, prefer video than text for any communication.
So if you identified yourself in the above, you’re not alone.
But where can you find good videos online?
The obvious reply would be Youtube.
Let me start with a small story: When I wanted to research the Darknet and the TOR protocol some time ago, I went to YouTube to find out more.
In just a few seconds I found a good introductory video on both topics.
“YouTube is so great”! I thought to myself. “You can find virtually anything here with just one click!”
A few months later, when I was more knowledgeable about TOR, I went out to look for a video covering more specific topics regarding TOR. Again, YouTube was my natural destination.
This time it took me more than an hour to find a good video…
3 weeks later, I was looking for another video about TOR on YouTube, on an even more specific topic than the previous one.
After searching for 2 hours, I gave up. There was no such video. Or maybe there was and I didn’t find it?
Wasn’t YouTube supposed to be the ultimate location for all audio-visual human knowledge?
In short: NO.
The reality is, that even if such a video exists, YouTube doesn’t promote it
You see, YouTube is interested in high engagement. They show the user videos which are more likely to be watched to the end. Highly professional videos on niche topics or videos which require the user’s full attention are usually pushed down the results pages.
So when can you find really good videos without wasting your time?
This was my goal when I created Movie Discovery, with a great team of developers who later became my friends.
Disclaimer: Movie Discovery is a commercial (for-profit) initiative.
Still, we try to make as best as we can, by providing only links and references to high-quality videos.
How we define high-quality video?
Videos and movies which are carefully tested for their content quality. By ‘content quality’ I mean proficiency of the presenter, methodology used to convey the knowledge, depth of research behind the presentation and of course — decent visual and audio quality.
In general, we look for short videos, not more than 6 minutes. Researchers found it’s the optimal length: below that, the knowledge will not be absorbed. Above it, attention drops.
You might be surprised, but we usually look for simple videos, in which the presenter talks directly to the camera, with hardly any illustrations (cutaways), animation or effects. The reason for that is also explained in research, but since it is not the main topics of this post, I will not go into details.
The result: some of the videos are produced by us, in order for us to have full control over the result. For others, we use other sources, including Youtube, where we found ways to filter out the bad videos.
If you love the video and like to use it for learning, don’t settle for the obvious. You can either use Movie Discovery or look directly for videos on other platforms. Most chances you will get the best results if you learn to refine your parameters.
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