Do you like to watch videos on YouTube? Are you planning to use videos in your online course to enhance their quality? Well then, let me share a few tips that will help you use this incredible medium of instruction efficiently. You can create excellent videos for your eLearning course focusing on these 5 important aspects.
1. Keep videos short
It is advisable to use short videos of about 5-minutes duration, that covey information in small chunks. We humans have a limited ability to grasp and therefore short videos, whose content can be “easily digested”, are preferable. Long videos tend to distract the learners and take them off the course and that is the last thing you want to do. Don’t you?
2. Make sure that there are no problems with downloading
You need to compress your videos as this helps your learners to download them easily. Videos that take longer time to download often frustrate the learners. Internet connections can be very slow at times due to various reasons and it is important that you factor this when you use videos in your online course. It’s better to use the .FLV format because videos of this format are smaller and can be compressed without much loss of quality. Furthermore, the video need not be downloaded before it begins to play, and the video can be started and stopped from any point.
3. Videos need to be interactive
Interactive videos are excellent tools that help your learners remain engaged with your eLearning courses. Christopher Pappas says that If the video is not or cannot be interactive, then it is necessary to follow it up with a brief summary of the main points, so that the audience can retain all the necessary information. For instance, a course designed to impart training on the techniques of production planning may be followed by a short summary of these techniques. You can create interesting videos by embedding quizzes and hotspots. You can also add call outs, captions, transitions that make the course engaging. For more information, please visit Camtasia to Develop Video Rich eLearning Courses and Camtasia for making videos interactive
4. Use simulations
Videos are ideal to impart training on processes or for that matter anything that is tough to explain through text. This is because the full potential of simulations can be realized through videos. Users can be trained effectively on real-world requirements such as creating a macro in MS-Excel through videos containing simulations. This is because skills such as these are better acquired through ocular examples than through lines jotted on a slide.
5. Go for real actors
It is better to use real actors instead of your staff members in a video. Your people may not be able to “produce the expressions” effectively as professional actors do. After all, acting is not their bread and butter. Is it? However, you need to check on your budget, if you use acting professionals. This is because you need to shell out extra dollars which may not be possible at all times.
By focusing on these 5 aspects, you can make efficient use of videos in your online courses. This goes a long way in enhancing the quality of your eLearning courses and providing better training to your workforce. What do you think?