I just got back from buying a Webcam. I went with the Microsoft LIfeCam vx 6000. I had to buy this camera for a video interview I am scheduled to do with CEO Magazine later this week. For some reason, they want to look at my ugly face while they interview me about trends in search engine marketing…
I can tell you that I will not be one of the people who watch this.
I’ve been involved in many video projects over the years. Back in 2000, I participated in putting together what was then the largest online video event ever for Victoria’s Secret. I currently have training courses in search engine marketing, PPC and online reputation management up at Xtrain.com. But I don’t watch online video, unless it’s a snippet of something stupid on Yahoo. Or a rapping SEO guy. I guess what I’m saying is that I’d rather read the transcript of a video of training material rather than watch the video.
There’s a reason for that. My learning style is characterized as Visual, but I would further classify it as textual. I learn from reading. I can learn from listening as well, but not as well and I don’t retain the information as well. I tried books on tape and realized they werent for me. Just like online video.
This is also one of the reasons I left real-world classes behind after graduate school. Real world classes in the adult world (at least the ones I have taken) tend to move at the pace of the slowest learner in the class. I am impatient, and I get very frustrated with those who don’t get it. Especially when that person is me. In fact, if I found I was the slowest in the class (it’s happened) I’m much more likely to just quit.
So, while I hope that the online video training world evolves, I doubt I’ll be evolving with it. What do you think?