What better than a couple of videos to answer that? Look at the two videos below.
Its evident video engages better and usage of online video is growing at a blinding pace. Some of the interesting stats for these videos:
Videos provide greater engagement than text or images for the simple reason that it combines audio, video and text. Also videos have more emotional appeal than animations or still photos. It helps to know that your audience is already watching tons of videos online and accepts video as a format for information delivery.
Videos make it possible to have ‘troubleshooting help’ and ‘how to’ guides made available on demand just when your staff needs them. We’re finding an increase in online training through webinars and most often recorded webinars have a good uptake. You could use videos as pre class/event material or as post class summaries/assessments.
With increased use of mobile devices, there is a need to create elearning that works well on large range of devices from desktops to mobiles. If done well video presents an opportunity to bridge the gap between screen sizes and multiple platforms.
Since videos ‘show’ pictures and can include subtitles they are much easier for non-native speakers of the language to understand.
Video production costs have come down drastically in last few years. With camera phones recording a video is a breeze and at almost no cost. This sort of quick and dirty video works well when you need to explain process or create simple ‘how to’ videos. Production value is not as important as the correctness of the content.
One of the common issues held against using video is that it is passive and not interactive. I don’t agree with that; if you recollect a movie you watched that has had a lasting impact on your thinking you know engagement and interaction are different things. Google has recently added interactivity to YouTube videos called ‘Video Questions Editor Beta’, we are sure to see more interactivity coming in videos
As we saw in the videos embedded above, video tends to be more viral that other assets. In the future when your staff seeks their colleagues’ views on which training assets are useful for them, the viral nature of videos could be helpful.
User Generated Video:
Many organizations have employees in the field spread far and wide. Now they are equipped (in most cases they can use their phones) to record events, processes, problems – just about anything they wish to share. Not only is this a great information collection exercise but can also be used as to evaluate employee learning and competence. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get feedback and suggestions from colleagues and peers.
Get ready for more video in eLearning in the next few years.