20 Jan 2014

AIDING LEARNING : MAKING A CASE FOR VISUAL LEARNING

By Ezim Osai,
Monday, January 20, 2014


We remember that which we see much better than those things we read or what we hear. Sometimes when we cannot remember something, we imagine our teachers or our lecturers and sometimes we remember what he was saying and thus remember the answer to a particular question. Therefore, we can say visuals have more far-reaching effects than audio or text. A colleague of mine told me sometime last week that, ‘if picture is king, video is CROWNED prince’. Pictures capture attention, but videos deliver the message much better.


I’m sure you are starting to wonder why the talk of videos and audio and text right about now, well we are going somewhere.
I was opportune to talk to and observe some secondary school students and I made a find that was a trifle disturbing. The first thing I observed was how much time students spent in school and how much work they did; the second was that most of the students I talked to did not really watch television  (Not movies or cartoons here, I mean regular programs and shows). It got me wondering as to why this was so and tracing it back, I found that it was a lack of time that caused this.

When a student wakes up by 6am to prepare for school and he reaches there by 7:45 and stays the whole day until 4pm, comes home laden with notes to updates and assignments to write, he would have no time for television. In some secondary schools, so much emphasis is placed on ‘covering the syllabuses than on the quality of education and whether or not the students understand a particular course. The teachers in this case are not even to blame; when one teacher is in charge of three arms of a class with 30-50 students each, it is only human for him to try to reduce his own workload.

I believe in positive thinking and so I will not say we should start trying to change teachers’ mentality because it is honestly not their fault. What we CAN and should do is to create alternate classrooms and versions of teaching. That is where videos and visual media come in; if possible, administrators and principals should make it possible for classes to be recorded and distributed to the students thus taking emphasis off updating of notes and more on attendance of classes. This will go a long way in reducing the mental stress some students face and will make for more teacher-student interaction.
Also, concerned individuals can teach a course/topic and put it on YouTube, creating a virtual classroom. Like my colleague said earlier, video is crowned prince.

We can help our country in little ways like this and it will go a long way in making things easier for our younger ones and ourselves too. Devote a little time and some resources and you would have done something great for someone out there. In the words of JFK (I think) “Think not of what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. God bless Nigeria and the good citizens of our country.  










Ezim Osai is a 200L Physics major at the University of Ibadan. A Taoist and a Christian, he loves Cooking, Travelling, Reading, Writing, and loves to absorb nature.

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