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How effectively use video in e-learning

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Videos can be a great addition to e-learning packages - but only if they’re used in the right way. Here are Saffron’s top ten tips for making sure videos are adding value to your e-learning rather …

Videos can be a great addition to e-learning packages - but only if they’re used in the right way. Here are Saffron’s top ten tips for making sure videos are adding value to your e-learning rather than just adding megabytes to your course.

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  • 1. How to… Use video effectively in e-learning Videos can be a great addition to e-learning packages - but only if they’re used in the right way. Here are Saffron’s top ten tips for making 7 Be creative Think about how television programmes are filmed and sure videos are adding value to your e-learning rather than just adding consider whether you can mimic their style. For example, try using different camera angles to break up long speeches or megabytes to your course. reinforcing key points by having text appear on screen. 1 Keep videos short and to the point Unless you’re making the video interactive, keep it short and 4 Follow up with questions or a summary If you don’t make the video interactive in any way then make 8 Include a transcript Providing a transcript makes a video accessible to everyone, focused so your learner doesn’t switch off. This is especially sure you follow it up with a brief summary of the key points such as learners with hearing difficulties or those without true for monologues given by company executives: keep the covered. This should help to prevent any key learning points headphones or sound cards. It also enables learners to refer learner engaged by keeping it short and sweet. slipping through the net. back to the content without watching it again. 2 Use videos for emphasis Don’t overuse video. Always ask yourself ‘is this is the best 5 Use videos to demonstrate how to, or how not to, do something A video can be a great way of illustrating how not to do 9 Be technically clever Compress video files as much as possible to avoid learner way to illustrate the learning?’ Video can be more memorable something and then getting the learners to spot the mistakes. frustration whilst waiting for them to load. Consider creating a than text so use it for emphasising and reinforcing key learning Depending on time, you can then follow up by showing them low bandwidth version for slower internet connections, points. the correct way of completing the task. perhaps using photos rather than video, or lower quality video. 3 Make videos interactive 6 Use actors not real employees Your video will only be as good as the people in it and 10 Make videos downloadable elsewhere If you’re considering including a longer video then make it employees may be nervous or forget their lines. Use Get the most out of your video by including it as a download- interactive, for example by pausing it intermittently to ask the professional actors but make sure you send scripts through in able resource, either in the course or from an intranet site. learner questions. This keeps them involved and focuses their advance, giving clear instructions on character and costume. That way, the learner can refresh their memory of the key attention on the learning points you want to emphasise. learning points without completing the whole course again. © 2009 www.saffroninteractive.com

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