How We Can Use Video in e-Learning
- Vignettes of experts providing advice/tips as it relates to the course’s content. I will usually place the video in a box in the corner with a play button. Once the user reads the content they can then “hear from as expert.” FYI: I want the video to add to the content, not overshadow it.
- Narration – a talking head can narrate each page. Personally, I am not a big fan of this. It just annoys me and I end up turning the sound off. I only ask that you give users the option of turning the sound off and that they have the option of moving forward without listening the entire narration. User control is very important in e-learning. It is, please believe me on this. You can also get fancy and show a narrator’s full body imposed over the page. You can have them walking about the screen and pointing out specific elements of the content.
- Demonstrations of psycho-motor activities. For example, assembling a widget.
- Showing role-plays. For example, how customer service is done properly at your organization. Or perhaps how it is not executed properly. Better yet, create stopping points where the user makes decisions and the video branches dependent upon the user’s choices. That is a lot of work on our end, but if done right it is well worth the effort.
- Simulations – add a setting or background to your simulations. For example, the interior of a store, building or factory where the sim is set. This can add an element of realism, like customers coming and going, machines moving, etc.
These are the uses of video that come to mind, but I am sure there are other uses I have excluded. Please let me know how else we can use video in e-learning.