Did you know that YouTube has more than 2 billion users? That’s almost one-third of Internet users watching videos. There clearly is a preference to watching videos, and this explains the popularity of videos in online learning as well.
Videos offer close captioning and subtitles which make them popular in designing accessible eLearning for the hearing impaired and for people who speak different languages. Not just that, eLearning videos can be quickly accessed on learners’ smartphones providing learning in the moment-of-need. For instance, service technicians who need help troubleshooting a machine can quickly watch ‘how-to-videos’ on their mobile phones.
When you want to convey a lot of useful information in a short amount of time in your eLearning course, videos are the best bet! Whether you need to go in for short videos or long ones will entirely depend on your eLearning course’s objectives. But ideally, it would be better to keep it short, anything between 1 to 4 minutes is a good length for a video as it enables learning in the flow of work.
What makes videos interesting is that they can be used in different phases of training. They can be used as pre-work before a virtual classroom, or within a full-fledged eLearning course, as a performance support solution or for reinforcement of learning. Here’s an infographic that shares more reasons to use videos in online learning.
Videos are especially useful to deliver microlearning and effective bite-sized training quickly that can be accessed by learners on their mobile devices. If you’d like to know more on how microlearning provides a big advantage in sales training, download this eBook.