Fun educative videos on the social media app get an edge over long online lectures
The pandemic has hit real-time learning the hardest, with classes shifting from school and college premises to the flat screen. Thankfully, reel time has come to the rescue with Instagram Reels, 15-second educative videos on a myriad topics, saving students from long online lectures.
Introduced in August 2020, Instagram Reels is a content tool in the social media application that lets users create 15-second video clips for followers. Reels has already become a favourite platform to access free-of-cost information in a short span of time.
How educative videos on Reels are helping students:
-- Learners worldwide are being able to readily engage with a variety of topics. Short, simple and fun, the clips range from art tutorials to even the Black Hole theory.
-- The most popular reels are language tutorials, opinion videos, clips showcasing trends and challenges, as well as informative pieces. Learners are flooded with options, often being suggested videos of a similar kind by the app.
-- Instagram Reels has also given students a chance to become creators in their online community, encouraging them to present their thoughts with confidence.
-- Reels videos often have a musical connect, with quirky background scores that the learners are already familiar with. Interesting effects and filters that catch the eye make these videos even more endearing to learn something new.
Students share why they are warming up to the clips:
-- “With reels, content creation has improved tenfold. Reels are fun to watch, and they help me understand complex theories that I would have otherwise taken days to grasp. I’m mostly motivated by baking and photography reels. Reels are definitely the new creative way,” said Dweepi Chatterjee, a first year MA student of Jadavpur University.
-- “This new way of engaging with online tutors has been interesting. I would watch the videos only for entertainment at first, but later found some creators teaching different languages. I was already learning Korean, so I started taking extra Korean lessons through Instagram Reels,” said Hyderabad University’s second-year MA student Shreya Shome Chowdhury.
-- “The tips on how to ace an exam or prepare for school have been very helpful for me. I also enjoy watching lifestyle videos, home decor reels or tutorials on how to carry a certain piece of clothing,” said Shrabana Guha, a Class XII student of Modern English Academy, Barrackpore.
-- “Being a student of journalism, I follow newsreels on Instagram to stay informed. Apart from that, there are interesting reels on food vlogging, dance choreography and music that inspire me to never give up on my co-curricular activities,” said Shruti Sengupta, a first-year BA student of St. Xavier’s College.
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