When It Comes to Learning, I Prefer Books to Videos
That said, I am in the same camp as Catherine Johnson when it comes learning from a video, versus learning from a book: Watching videos to “learn” feels like a chore; learning from a book feels like fun.
I can’t explain why (maybe because I can read faster than I can watch a video?), but it’s a very distinctive difference in the way I feel, and it shows up most apparently when it’s “time to get to work.”
Book: I’m Excited. Can’t wait.
Online Video: Dread. Drudgery. How much longer does this go on.
One exception to the video versus book preference: When I need a solution, I don’t feel the same “video dread.” I’m happy to go in, learn what I need to, then leave.
Salman Khan wrote an article about his vision the other day in the WSJ that’s worth the read.
I wish the video learning worked better for me, because it sure sounds logical and seems much easier than reading a book.
Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis