In the following video, Derek Muller, a physics professor at the University of Sydney
in Australia, explains the history and future of educational technology.
Despite the failure of past predictions, I believe education will, in the next few
years, go through a paradigm shift as drastic as the move to Online Education has
The potential for Youtube to alter the current educational landscape is apparent to
anyone with an internet connection. The number of educational videos available on
the site is expanding every day, and the range of subjects covered provides an opportunity
for real autonomy.
In order to create effective videos for this platform, Dr. Muller offers some advice:
Studies have shown that learning with words and pictures together works better than
words alone, so video is an effective option in education.
Removing extraneous distractions from the video, such as text (even if it mirrors
the dialogue) will prevent the viewer from receiving the video’s message.
What really matters in education is what happens in the mind of the learner, so create
videos that promote meaningful thought processes.
But, what I believe will really revolutionize education is the effort Youtube has
recently made towards developing 360 videos. These videos will best be viewed in virtual
reality systems, such as the Oculus Rift, Gear VR, or Google Cardboard. You can see an example here:
These systems will provide our students with immersive experiences that will help
them learn our curriculum in a way that is intrinsically motivating. They will help
educators to create experiences that will facilitate meaningful thought processes
in our students. They will provide opportunities to learn autonomously by linking
to videos with similar content, and mastery by diving into each subject in greater
I predict in the near future, instead of Online Education, we will be discussing and
developing content for Virtual Education. As Professor Muller said, “(Because) Any
experience can be simulated in the video setting, Youtube must be the platform that
will revolutionize education.”