2 While watching the video
2.1 Learning from video footage
You might think that learning from audio-visual sources is very different from learning from written sources yet, somewhat surprisingly, it is much the same. This section of the course will help you to think about how you can turn the very familiar, but usually passive, process of watching a video into the active process of learning. Watching the video will involve the skills of engaging with the material and making sense of it for yourself, just as if it were written materials. The advantage of the DVD is that the material it provides is so much livelier than the written text. As noted earlier, it gives us the sights and sounds of the Mexico–US border, and we see and hear at first hand those who live and work there. You need to think about how you can use that vitality to its fullest potential. Passively watching the video is, of course, not enough. You will need to ask questions and interrogate the material you see, and turn it into a form that will allow you to use it effectively to enhance your learning. This section will also give some advice on how you might go about note taking while you watch the video.