Best Practices for Interactive Video in Corporate Learning

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October 25, 2017

Best Practices for Interactive Video in Corporate Learning

Interactive and engaging learning is vital to corporate training. Did you know that over 1 billion hours of video is watched on YouTube daily? There is no disputing our love of video, and video is a powerful medium for communication and learning. Throw interactivity into the video format, and you have an even more engaging learning platform available.

Here, we look at some best practices for interactive video and corporate learning.

Ensure Scenarios are Immersive

Video simulations or scenarios have been a part of the eLearning world since CD-ROMS! However, as CD-ROM content was migrated online over a decade ago, many businesses stepped away from this kind of training approach.

Today, with the abundance of bandwidth and a greater number of tools to support the development of interactive videos, scenarios have grown, and continue to grow in popularity – and necessity Gamification is now the learning and development must-have. Gamification in learning allows for scoring, timers, progress bars, diagnostics, feedback, and much more.

Simulations in video training allow the learners to participate in the content, and learn from doing. This creates an engaging and emotive learning experience, helping the learner retain the information provided.

Virtual Tours in eLearning

Video has the powerful ability to create context in learning. In many eLearning courses learners are drawn into the content through images and words. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Now, can you imagine what a video is worth?

Take your learners through the content with virtual tours. For example: take them through your factory, office, or store, and teach them the different toles and jobs involved in your organisation. Give them the ability to click on “hotspots,” where they will learn about different jobs taking place in different parts of the building.

Create a Coach

Have you ever wished that you had an experienced coach with you during a presentation or a meeting? Someone you can instantly turn to for help? This is the idea behind Coach Vision in eLearning. With this strategy, you can add a layer of vision to a video scene to provide greater insight and knowledge.

Interview Experts

By using a clear headline (and little editing), you can take a boring “talking head” video and turn it into a simulated Question and Answer session with an industry expert. Today, we all can capture and edit video using our smartphones. So why not interview an industry or subject matter expert and ask them to provide an opinion or insight from which others can learn?

Once you have filmed the video, edit it into 20 – 60 second clips that are headlined with certain questions. With this, your learners can find the answer to any questions they may have – easily and efficiently.

This is great for onboarding employees and will make them feel like a valuable part of the business, having expert insight passed onto them in a fun and interactive way.

Provide Guided Stories

If your training course follows a guided story model, and the course is organised around a compelling and engaging story, your learners will become more involved in the content. With interactive video you are able to create a new level of engagement and depth in this approach.

In Summary:

Video learning is a must-have! It is immersive and engaging, ensuring the learner retains the information provided.

Take your courseware from boring to interactive with this modern approach to Learning and Development!