A recent UCLA study suggests that students who quickly watch video lectures can actually understand what they are learning from them. These may look like listening to the same pre-recorded clip at a normal speed.
Speed-Watchers can understand the lessons
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A recent UCLA study suggested that students who quickly watch video lectures can actually understand what they are learning from them.
According to a report by NBC, UCLA researchers found that students who listen and watch fast videos can retain the same amount of information that normal viewers can get.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, distance learning among students has become the norm. From the usual physical hour, the teaching and learning method switched to online teaching.
Although speed monitoring is good for some students, there is still a limitation to this study. According to UCLA psychology professor Alan Castel, things would get “a little blurry” when these people reached a certain limit.
The study involved 85% of UCLA students. The researchers instructed them to “speed-watch” a series of lecture clips to see if they could absorb knowledge from them.
The experts performed many experiments to test the effect of speed-watching on their learning retention.
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What the experiment says about Speed-Watchers
For the first part, UCL students were divided into four groups. They were asked to watch lecture clips that scale from 13 to 15 minutes, per. Science Daily.
First group – normal speed
Second group – 1.5 x speed
Third group – 2x speed
Fourth group – 2.5x speed
During the experiment, the researchers told them that they should constantly watch the videos and refrain from pausing or even writing notes down.
After a series of tests, UCLA researchers found that students who watched videos at 2x speed and those who watched at normal speed had an average of 25 answered questions out of 40.
One week later, another experiment was performed and the experts found that speed monitors have better performance than normal-speed viewers. There is also a test where both groups switched sides in speed reading.
Final thoughts from researchers
Dillon Murphy, the study’s lead author, said college students can retain their knowledge more effectively by reading at faster speeds. However, the disadvantage among speed-watchers starts when they exceed twice the normal playback speed.
“Although our study did not reveal significant disadvantages of watching lecture videos at up to twice the normal speed, we warn against using this strategy to simply save time. Students can improve learning if they spend the time saved on activities such as review of flashcards or take practice tests. “
The researchers wrote that lecture videos that can be viewed quickly can be considered ineffective for high-complexity learning materials.
To view the study titled “Dual Time Learning: The Effect of Lecture Video Speed on Immediate and Delayed Comprehension,” click here.
For more student-related news, see our recent article on the eight mental health hacks that students can do in the midst of the pandemic. You can also read our report on the mental health effects of distance learning.
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