Aligning training objectives to your organization’s goals ensures effective focus on the business challenges and their resolution. Thus, when developing eLearning courses, the objective of attaining organizational goals should not be lost. You can enhance the efficacy of your digital course by using videos.
The choice of the videos in eLearning depends on a number of factors, such as budget, time, the training content and so on.It is important to know WHERE and HOW to use these instructional tools in your digital course.
Here are some of the key factors that you should consider, when planning to use videos in eLearning.
A good script can make your video very effective. Scriptwriting seems easy, but it’s quite time-consuming, especially when you have to create effective dialogues and situations/scenarios. For example, if the video is used to train your learners on a new machine, you need to develop a good script that clearly describes the parts of the machine and how they function.
It is important that your shoot your videos in “real” locations. For instance, if you intend to use the video to train your people on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) implemented in the pharmaceutical industry, then the ideal location to shoot would be a manufacturing facility of a drug-manufacturing company. The real-time work environment of the plant makes the video “look natural”, and this goes a long way in enhancing the effectiveness of your online course.
You may either go in for actors or use animated characters in your video. You need to consider the age, ethnicity and gender of the people before you hire them. It is also necessary to understand the context of the training program. Aspects such as the clothes worn by the characters in the video, their hair style and make-up need to be appropriate to the situation depicted in the video.
Here is an interesting and interactive video that posturizes characters used in eLearning.
Audio of eLearning videos must be crisp and clear. They need to enhance the learning process and support auditory learners. There is no harm in using a machine voice can be used to explain processes or software simulations that do not require extensive voice modulation. But, make sure that the audio is devoid of noise or unwanted sounds to prevent learner distraction.
Editing videos can be done using tools such as Video Pad, Adobe Première, etc. Installing and using a video editor is essential to provide a “professional touch” to your training videos.
You can use Articulate Storyline to develop videos for eLearning courses as it is compatible with all video formats. It publishes to most video formats including .FLV, .SWF and .MP4 and works for iOS devices as well.
These are some of the factors that one must consider while developing videos for eLearning courses. Would you like to add to this list? Please do so.