This past Sunday, SVG produced a video lecture for Vardit Ringwald, Professor of Hebrew and Director of the Hebrew and Arabic Languages program at Brandies University. Multimedia is nothing new to Professor Ringwald, who has been recording video lectures for a few years now. Allowing students to not have to be in a physical class room allows for very flexible learning. Students can start and stop lectures at their convenience to further their knowledge of Hebrew studies, or any type of study for that matter.
Video can never replace the one-on-one interaction that comes from being in a class room nor should it, but it can be a tremendous help to people that would have to otherwise commute great distances or simply cannot afford to attain the knowledge that they seek. With the astronomical price of higher education, spreading free knowledge is somewhat of a rarity. However schools including MIT and Yale offer many classes online and free to anyone with an Internet connection. Some might say that video lectures are a cheap substitute for “real” education, they’re probably the same people that charge college students forty to fifty thousand dollars a year. In a time when America struggles to keep its place as the most influential country in the world, every little bit of knowledge helps.