Online video statistics for 2016

Let’s take some of this information in for a moment.

Online video accounts for 50% of mobile traffic. Is everyone watching Netflix on their phone? How much of this is YouTube and how much of this is education related?

According to the YouTube most popular videos, the most viewed videos are Music videos. Maybe they are promoted by multi billion dollar companies to make them popular?

People ‘watch’ music now. Listening is only a smaller part of how people consume.

My kids no longer use Google, they use YouTube to find things. Their theory is, if I go to Google and search for a topic, I have to click on video then select a video anyway. So why not go straight to YouTube?

It takes too long to read text and the detail are lost in translation.

Most popular type of video is product reviews. This is purely because people want to know if products are any good before they spend their hard earned money. Followed by ‘How to’ videos.

The internet is the ‘how to’ of everything….

What can we learn from this information?

There are probably two key take-away’s that I would suggest are a priority for education technologists.

1. People watch product reviews.

If people want to know if a product is right for them, they watch a video. As educators, we can use this medium to promote the quality and results of our course for potential students to become educated about what will suit them and what results they could achieve from one of our courses. TV uses advertising to sell product. In fact, the reason we have free to air television is because advertising is footing the bill for the TV station. By creating promotional information about our courses, we are targeting the largest portion of YouTube viewers. The product reviewers. This has huge potential in converting potential students into paying students.

2. People watch how to videos.

Now this is our niche. When it comes to teaching, we are in the business of teaching people ‘how to’ do something. Most courses and units consist of outcomes that can be broken down into check lists of, ‘Can the student do xyz?’.

If we can transfer our knowledge into a video format in ways that suit our particular student cohort, then we have the potential to provide a massive improvement in the way that we delivery. This is based on the assumption that students learn from watching videos. We have tended to supply education content as written media and for a very good reason. It is quick to produce, requires very little in the way of technical, media and audio expertise and at a cost to delivery is way more efficient. But is this delivering the desired results that we want?

Perhaps our most useful step forward would be to develop better ways to produce video, making it easier and more affordable to present knowledge in a visual, video and audio format. By creating this process or system, we may be able to improve the dreaded completion rates for online course delivery.

Now, of course, we do know that successful online course delivery is only possible because of the facilitator, but that’s a story for another time.