Videos are the new ‘in thing’ today, from viral YouTube videos to Vines to videos in e-learning courses, videos have become an integral part of instruction. As the days go by, learner retention keeps decreasing, making it hard for designers to keep the learner glued to the course.
So, how can videos blend with eLearning? There is more to video-based learning than just product demonstrations and testimonials. I am going to share with you a few creative ways to use videos in e-learning to adhere to the changing times.
That’s right, I am talking about tiny little people you saw on the Cartoon Network while growing up. The best part of using toons is you don’t need to be an expert animator, and simple fade in and fade out animations will do the trick. All you need is a great script and a bit of visualization and you are all set! A perfect place to use toons would be informal courses like employee inductions and employee well-being trainings. Take a look at a toon-based video on employee safety.
Scribbling/drawing videos is one of those things you can’t keep your eyes off! And they are perfect to induce learning. The most alluring quality of a scribble video is that it is versatile, and you can use it to narrate a case study, a story or even show it as an info-graphics. These simple white board animations are available in ready-made software platforms such as http://www.sparkol.com/. They are easy to use and can be repurposed to suit any topic of your choice. Ideally, a scribble can be used in short and important trainings such as performance management or to explain concepts related to subjects like financial accounting. Here is an example of a scribble-based video embedded in Articulate Storyline. The video was created using the VideoScribe software.
Illustrations are a common sight in e-learning courses, but imagine how effective they would be if you animate them. Illustrations don’t have to be high end drawings, just simple line diagrams will do. For instance, you can make use of ‘stick figures’ to explain a concept or an idea. You can also use animated illustrations to provide a detailed explanation of a processor compare and demonstrate. Such animations are best suited for short topics such as sales process and mid-year employee feedback. Have a look at stick figure illustration, video screen shot used to explain employee feedback.
Video-based learning is soon going to catch up speed, and as e-learning professionals, we need to embrace this new addition to learning design to create impactful and appealing e-learning courses. How do you use videos to instruct? We’d love to hear your ideas.