So much has been said about the talking head and many studies have shown that the talking head has no instructional value. Suzanne and I often discuss this. For a while, I subscribed to this argument, but now I am slowly realizing that the talking head is not just a talking head, it’s a human being that helps us establish rapport with the content.
I wanted to brush up on CSS skills yesterday and accessed my monthly subscription at Lynda.com. Lo and behold the screen capture tutorials that I once upon a time thought were so efficient were replaced by a high production video! A warm instructor welcomed me and promised to guide me through the learning process. I was hooked! When I previously couldn’t watch more than five tutorials in a row, I was able to view the whole introduction series. My 21 inch screen also really helped me connect with my instructor and I listened carefully to what he had say. I even took notes!
With the push to move courses online, the human factor will become more and more of a focus when designing and developing courses. If you think about it, in this MOOC we moved slowly from asynchronous to synchronous sessions. Deep down, we are social human beings who value the human connection.
What do you think? Do you see value in the talking head now?
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