E-learning Turning Monotonous? Make It Interesting Again with Videos

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When it comes to classroom training, the instructor or teacher does the job of engaging learners. They use their lecturing skills, presentation techniques, and powerful eloquence. However, when you decide to go digital with your training program, you are letting go of that powerful engager. But, that’s just half the challenge digital learning modules face.

With the evolution of mobile devices and high-speed Internet, the lives of your employees have changed significantly. They no longer work in the confines of a 9-5 schedule or just access a desktop computer. Rather, they adopt a more dynamic schedule based on the demands of the market and clients. Added to that, with the increasing influence of social media, employees are always overloaded with information. In such a technological landscape, for your e-learning course to capture the attention of your employees and create a lasting impact is highly challenging.

To tackle this, e-learning courses utilize various interactive and multimedia elements. Video is one such element that always yields great results when it comes to engaging learners. As videos are an attractive form of multimedia, they really sit well with today’s distracted millennial employees. Let’s see some of the key learning benefits using videos bring to the table:

Inspire Employees

Nothing drives your topic home better than a video. It has the power to make the mundane interesting and ensures that the attention of your learners doesn’t stray, even a little. Compared to plain text and static images, videos inspire your employees to learn better. For topics that often fall on deaf ears, such as compliance or safety training, videos can help change the scenario. They ignite such a spark in your learners that even the most reluctant learners willingly take up the course.

Break Down Complex Subjects

Many topics are just too difficult to explain through plain text or static images. Videos are an apt solution in such cases. Animations when combined with voiceovers can effectively tackle any subject matter you can think of. Using animations in e-courses allows you to overcome the restrictions that live-videos might have. Be creative with your concept and deliver your topic in the most out-of-the-box manner. Your voiceover should beautifully supplement the onscreen visuals. Complex topics when conveyed in such a manner, leave a lasting impression in the minds of your learners.

Facilitate Subject Mastery

Videos, unless it is a recorded session or webinar, are essentially short. In that short time, videos cover the topic at hand very effectively, but at the same time can’t cover the entire subject. But, the beauty of using videos is that they don’t need to. Videos generally motivate learners greatly and make them curious about the subject. If your video ends with some links to a full-fledged e-learning course, then you can be certain that your employees will access them. When employees learn through videos, they develop the willingness to delve deeper into the subject and master it.

Engage with Interactivity

One of the most important ways to make employees feel part of the learning process is by including interactivities in your course. You can increase the impact of interactivity by combining it with videos. Create clickable links in your videos that require the learner to make a choice. Based on that choice, different clips of the video can be played, allowing each employee to go on their distinct learning paths. Such video interactivities also allow users to access other forms of content, such as infographics, presentations, external sites/documents, or talk to an expert. So your learner is not just engaged in the content but also learns actively by making informed decisions.

Ideal for Microlearning

The short duration of videos makes them ideal for microlearning modules. These bite-sized courses cover just one topic, comprehensively. Owing to the high usage of mobile devices in today’s work-sphere, microlearning modules are a boon as they make the most of small screen sizes. On top of that, if videos are incorporated in your microlearning, the effectiveness of the program increases manifold. Videos can also provide the much needed just-in-time support to your employees right before a crucial task, that too without the learning-stress associated with reading something.

Are you ready to make your e-learning great again? Create your own set of videos and pave the way for a better learning experience.

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