Educational media supports authentic learning and is ideal if you can't bring an experience to your students in the physical realm. Think of using it for remote site visits (engineering, architectural, cultural, societal ... the list is endless) where you can't bring your students to the mountain but you can bring the mountain to your students.

Think of a camera as a set of mobile eyes and ears that can take your students to places they could never reach.

Are you teaching bleeding edge issues? Are there issues that you can't find literature on because the literature is still being researched and written? Climate change is a good example of this with the dialogue around the climate change debate being enacted on TV screens across the globe.

James Arvanitakis talks about his use of media in teaching environmental studies, enabling him to take his students to otherwise inaccessible environments using online media.

Educational media is cost effective whether you are appropriating or creating your own as it is a re-usable resource which can also be re-purposed as needed.

Are you teaching concepts and facts which have a long shelf life? Chemical reactions, behavioural science and problem based procedures are ideal subjects for educational media as they do not change over time you and will provide a solid return for the time invested in selecting or creating them.

Another solid benefit is that educational media resources are adaptable across multiple courses/disciplines. We will tease out that idea a bit later on.

And media resources support multiple approaches to learning design eg constructivist, reflective, collaborative, problem based and not just the obvious instructivist approach.

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