Interactive online training videos use clickable links and icons to make online learning more engaging. They stand out from other multimedia formats because they allow the learner to be on the driver’s seat.
Every learner gets the opportunity to decide on his next move and get access to online education resources that are relevant to his development. Learning is not achieved by passively watching an online demonstration, but by interacting with the program and selecting a path that leads to learning specific goals.
Here is a step-by-step guide for creating interactive online training videos to supplement your corporate eLearning resources.
1: IDENTIFICATION OF GOALS AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Your online training videos must be interactive and must support the learning objectives of your organization’s eLearning program. Otherwise it will be just another means of entertainment.
So the first thing you have to do before creating any online training video is to determine your corporate goals. What must your corporate students find out the moment the credits roll? Why use interactivity? How can each component of the video training accomplish your desired outcome? Answering these issues helps you to identify video material, online training resources and interactions that align with your learning objectives.
2: FIND THE CORRECT ELEARNING AUTHORING TOOLS
This is one of the most critical steps for developing interactive online training videos. Without the appropriate eLearning authoring tools you cannot bring your ideas to life.
There are a variety of tools to select from. Therefore you have to narrow down your must-have features. You could choose tools with features like video editing, screen recording or one with an amazing asset library. The authoring tool you purchase will impact your creation process. For example: if it doesn’t offer a responsive design, it can make creating mobile-friendly videos more difficult.
3: FIND AN ONLINE TRAINING VIDEO
Now it’s time to select the online training video that is to get an interactive transformation. Take an inventory of your online resources and identify several online training video candidates. Then develop specific criteria to assess each online training video.
For example: the online training video must have a high-production value, align with your goals, and have the key takeaways. Once you have selected the fitting online training video, insert it into the editing tool by importing or uploading the file. After that, use the software to clip the video, include filters, or enhance it with special effects.
The “Start From Scratch” option: If you don’t yet have any online training video in your collection, you will have to produce one from scratch. Fortunately there are plenty of eLearning authoring tools that are good for creating online video training. Pay close attention to eLearning authoring tools that are flexible and user-friendly.
4: SELECT YOUR INTERACTIONS
Your online training video is almost ready. But before you upload it to your eLearning Management Program or site, you have to add the interactions. How many interactions you include will depend on the length of your training video. A 10-minute video can only have 4 to 5 interactions. A microlearning online video can only have up to two.
Here are some ideas for interactions that you may want to add:
- Links that redirect users to third party sites, online articles, or more online training resources.
- A logo linked to your online training program registration page.
- Hot spots leading to surveys, questionnaires, or other feedback forms.
- An annotation which asks a question or gives a call to action. This may redirect to a web-based training module.
- Create an online training video with branching scenarios by adding hyperlinked interactive paths. For instance: present three possibilities that the corporate learners can choose from. Each decision leads to an alternative online training video. If you’d like to go a step further, develop a whole “network” of online training videos with multiple learning goals.
5: TIME THE INTERACTIONS
Space your interactions. If they are crowded together in one part of the video, the learners may miss some interactions. Thereby the interactions lose their effect. The first interaction should fire their attention by putting a question or focusing attention on the topic. It is recommended that the first interactive component is added between the 1-to-2-minute mark, and then another link or hot spot in a minute or so.
The time frame is dependent on the length of your online training video. To create the best interactive online training video, make a timeline that highlights all the interactions — their corresponding links, hotspots, or annotations.
6: TRACK YOUR RESULTS
You’ve spent plenty of time developing this interactive online training video. So you better ensure that it achieves the desired effects. Was it worth your investment? Does it need minor changes? Get valuable insights from analytics, corporate learner feedback, and the eLearning Management System data. Are corporate learners clicking the links? How can they experience the video material itself? Are there enough interactions? The data will help you to produce other efficient and targeted interactive training videos.
Audience research is important when creating interactive online video lessons. Find out how your audience accesses the video training content and what concerns them. Knowing their tech preferences, professional goals and knowledge base is important in designing an online training video.
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