Videos in eLearning courses help in meeting the learning objectives of the course and improving information retention by learners. Just to give you an idea on how powerful videos are the number of daily video views on YouTube exceeds 2 billion. Research shows that video in eLearning is an effective way to meet learning objectives effectively and rapidly as they strengthen the visual appeal, and elicit learner interest. In eLearning they can be used in product training to demonstrate the working of a product and its features.
They are particularly helpful in content-heavy courses such as process, procedure or HR trainings. The question is how do you make videos interactive, especially if you have a video of 15 to 30 minutes, do you think learners will watch the complete video without being distracted?
We can make videos more interactive? It can be done by adding controllers to it and further increase interactivity by adding graded, or non-graded, questions over the video. By doing so, learners can focus on the specific point you want to convey, through the video. Now, the question is, how do you add controllers or quizzes to your video?
There are many eLearning authoring tools in the market like Camtasia, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, and Articulate Storyline, that can produce interactive videos. In this blog, we will look at how Camtasia can produce an interactive video.
Easily Embed Quizzes
Do you wish that the viewer’s take something from your videos? Incorporation of quizzes in the videos helps to effectively retain the knowledge gained. These videos can be accessed through iPads, mobiles, desktops, laptops, as Camtasia provides the option of publishing in both Flash and HTML5.
Video is a passive medium. By incorporating quiz or pop-up features, we can attract the attention of the viewers and make them concentrate for longer periods of time and remember more. Video with quiz questions allows the viewer to check their understandings of what they have just learnt in the previous video session. These questions are powerful memory builders and they make watching and learning fun.
Hotspots require the learner to participate in interactivities, by clicking on each hotspot, to gather more information. You can embed clickable hotspots over a video with Camtasia. For example, if we take a Laptop, hotspots could be used to describe various parts like screen, keyboard, battery, speakers, etc. The user could make the hotspots pop-up with a simple click and these provide more information.
Music, visuals, callouts, banners and animated backgrounds could be included to make your video alluring. You could unleash the power of visual effects to captivate the audience. You can have animation effects like images bouncing up and down and scrolling texts.
These innovative features help Camtasia to transform the passive video medium into a highly interactive tool of learning. The next time you produce a video, I hope you consider adding some interactivity to see how it improves the learning experience for your employees.
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