Blog: The Benefits of Integrating Video Content in Health Education
by CynthiaMadison

Benefits of Integrating Video Content in Health Education

Health education legitimizes individuals, as well as communities, to live better lives by enhancing their physical, mental, emotional, and social health.

Date:   10/26/2020 10:47:53 AM   ( 31 d ) ... viewed 19 times

Health education legitimizes individuals, as well as communities, to live better lives by enhancing their physical, mental, emotional, and social health. It represents a mixture of learning experiences that promote the maintenance or restoration of health. Not only does health education improve knowledge, but also positive attitudes. What is important to be understood is that health isn’t a chance or a random event. Far from it. Making decisions and planning for what’s about to come is essential. It’s almost impossible to be in tip-top shape without reliable information and deep experience. As far as health education is concerned, it can be carried out in various settings, whether medical care facilities or workplaces. 

There is a wide array of teaching methods that can be deployed within the work, so it’s necessary to choose the most effective means of communicating specific messages. An ever-increasing number of people is including video in health education to amplify learning. The aim is to show more and tell less, making key information and self-care skills comprehensible. Full-length videos and video clips can turn out to be useful in teaching. If the instructor deploys appropriate videos and applies various strategies for incorporating triggers into the educational process, they can significantly improve the educational process. 

The fact of the matter is that video is an accessible, effective, and cost-effective method of transmitting health education messages and addressing disease prevention. They enable more dynamic processing and memory recall. Most importantly, video can instantly change people’s health behavior. Visual materials are best suited to communicate messages, not to say that they can be accompanied by interactive methods such as buzz sessions and Q&A. 

Why Do We Need to Integrate Video into The Health Education Process? 

Well, we all know how the saying goes. A picture is worth a thousand words. At times, difficult to understand views can be transferred with the help of a single image, having an immediate and powerful effect. Let’s imagine the following situation: an employer wants to educate employees about the risks of SARS-CoV-2. A short film can clearly show how the deadly virus spreads from one person to the other. Better yet, the employer can have a professional-quality video made that illustrates how to wear a disposable mask. 

Engaging Learners to Develop Health Knowledge and Skills 

Engaging learners is challenging, to say the least. More often than not, they don’t pay attention, let alone absorb information. Video content can keep people on their toes and get them excited about learning. Healthcare professionals should leverage digital technology when it comes down to addressing certain issues during emotionally-draining times. Films and short clips draw viewers in, striking a deep connection and eliciting an emotional response. This is precisely why it’s important to show and not tell. Effective instructors use video to easily share concepts or skills. 

To be absolutely certain that the teaching material is engaging, it’s necessary to watch it in advance and pinpoint the segments that can support the established objectives. Videos shouldn’t be longer than 6 minutes – in other words, they should be short and focused. Whether to enhance a point or teach a very important lesson, learning outcomes are significantly better when video is deployed. The content is practical and useful, improving understanding regarding the causes of health and illness, in addition to individuals’ personal responsibility. 

Videos Motivate with Authentic Content 

People act as agents of change and a health crisis such as the novel coronavirus outbreak provides the opportunity to learn and increase resilience whilst building a safer community. The impact of COVID-19 on the way we live, learn, and work is changing by the day. Most people are aware of the fact that health and safety are a top priority, but they don’t know what measures can be taken for improving health and wellness. The good news is that NGOs are offering free courses that gather scientific, social, and economic perspectives on the current situation. Video ensures authentic content that motivates viewers to take action. 

Traditional Instruction Means Don’t Work Anymore 

Traditional instruction incorporates instructor-led discussions and knowledge imparted to learners. Needless to say, old-fashioned teaching methods, in which the instructor simply tells learners what is what in the absence of real-life examples doesn’t provide effective results anymore. To increase knowledge and promote the adoption of good behaviors, it’s paramount to use digital materials.  Instructional video suits all types of learning styles, explaining complex, as well as simple concepts. Films and short videos bring about strong visual cues that help people understand what’s happening.  

Science and technology have their rightful place in teaching because they promote active learning. Health information presented in video format is of paramount importance when it comes down to helping individuals and communities enhance their health. Education received via video sessions is more effective as compared to, say, pamphlets, considerably increasing health literacy. The educational messages take the shape of various formats, including but not limited to video, DVD, and streaming video. It’s not sufficient to let people watch the video and hope they will learn something from watching it. Au contraire, it’s necessary to provide question prompts. 

In Today’s Society, Teaching Health Education Is Paramount 

As there is more focus on improving general health and wellness, health education gains more importance. The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has demonstrated that people aren’t knowledgeable enough and risk exposing themselves to real danger. They prefer getting information from social media rather than reliable sources, which only contributes to the general confusion. Since individuals and health communities struggle with health information, it’s a good idea to investigate what’s currently known and make efforts in terms of improving education. 

 

Health education isn’t limited to those with a college or university degree. Everyone has the right to education and it’s made generally available. Video content presents information in a more digestible form, simplifies complex notions, and manages to get the audience’s attention. Video learning goes a long way for those who don’t have the necessary resources or the time to study at home. Reliable information improves awareness and, most importantly, mental health. 

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