For this week’s post, I explored the internet to find three things you should know about creating/using videos in e-Learning that I thought you guys might be interested in. Where possible, I’ve also included a few samples showing the tip in action.
Tip 1: Know how to make a video before you start
It’s important to have a few fundamentals under your belt before you start creating video. Techsmith provides two articles to get you started and the e-Book from Articulate is a great resource for finding the equipment you need, creating the best environment for creating your training videos and preparing to record.
- How to Make Video: Before You Start, Part 1
- How to Make Video: Before You Start, Part 2
- The Secret to Create Great E-Learning Videos (e-Book)
Tip 2: Use interactivity in your videos when possible
Videos should be interactive, in order to keep the audience engaged, involved and focused on the points you want to highlight. If the video is not or cannot be interactive, then make sure you follow it up with a brief summary of the main points, so your audience can retain all the necessary information. Source
- Interactive Video Quiz for E-Learning from Montse Anderson
- Interactive Video Made Easy from Articulate
Tip 3: Use videos to improve learner retention
Video can be used in many different ways in e-Learning. From conveying nuances of human interaction, language, and body language to teaching complex or abstract concepts. Here are seven applications in which video can improve your training course and improve learner retention. Source
- Scenarios, Simulations
- Expert Interviews
- Video Tours
- Distance Education
- Refresher Material
- Choose a Different Ending (Storytelling): This is a video that uses YouTube’s linking annotation feature to create compelling first-person story (warning: uses some violent content to deliver an anti-violence message): Source
- The Jim Basset Story (Storytelling): This video tells the story of Jim Basset who retired after 37 years accident free. In this video, Jim, and his wife, and a former co-worker reflect on his career in forestry and the importance of safety and planning on the job.
- A Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen (Expert Interview): A conversation with Wir Ian McKellen about Shakespear, Richard III, and Richard’s Opening speech.
- Smithsonian National Postal Museum (Video Tour): A series of video tours of the National Postal Museum (Introduction, Binding the Nation, Customers and Communities).
- Holy Mole Gucamole (Demo): This is a simple How To video demonstration to making the perfect bowl of guacamole. It was recorded using two iPhones with a “zero-level” budget.
That’s it for this post. If you have other links that you think would make this post more useful, please share and I’ll add them to the list!