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UbiTips - How long should your elearning video be?

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How long should your eLearning video be?

It is a very important issue in the construction of an eLearning program! A video can not be too short taking the risk to miss critical information nor too long to avoid losing the audience's interest.

Here are some tips to find the right balance.

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UbiTips - How long should your elearning video be?

  1. 1. UbiTips   How  long  should  your   eLearning  video  be?
  2. 2. How  long  should  be  an  eLearning  video?  
  3. 3. -­‐ 1.  Never  longer  than  60   minutes  per  session The attention & concentration time of an adult is about 40 to 60 minutes. So make sure to keep the daily eLearning sessions shorter. 3
  4. 4. 2.  Always  shorter  than  a  classic   classroom  training   4 The classic classroom training is split into days (6 or 7 hours) because of organizational constraints. An eLearning course is by definition shorter & is supposed to go to the essential. ELearning videos must therefore be shorter and more synthetic than classroom courses .
  5. 5. 3.  Divide  the  video     in  chapters Divide your videos in several chapters or sequences, it will allow the learners to have time markers and to measure their progression in the module without being discouraged. 5
  6. 6. 4.  Be  Interactive  &  synthetic A video that is interactive & synthetic: it’s the key to maintain the learner’s interest throughout the whole eLearning session. Animations, examples, short & dynamic sessions are all ways to rise & keep your audience’s attention. 6
  7. 7. -­‐ 5.  And  why  not  try     micro-­‐learning? Micro-Learning is based on short videos lasting 5 minutes, tops, and listing the main points of the lesson to remember. It can be a way to help learners who are very busy, and do not have a lot of time for their training. 7
  8. 8. 6.  There  is  no   standard  timing There can not be ONE ideal & standard timing for eLearning videos. Today, a new challenge appears: mobile learning. It changes the definition of « time ». The lesson can be followed anywhere, anytime, which makes even harder to evaluate the time spend in an eLearning program. 8
  9. 9. How  to  estimate  the  time  of  an  eLearning  Video   from  the  storyboarding  phase?
  10. 10. 1.  Count  your  Slides The rule says that, 1 slide is 1 minute. However, this rule is very relative, the time spent on a slide may depend on its importance or complexity . Indeed, the number of slides is to be considered but always keeping in mind that this information is relative. 10
  11. 11. 2.  Count  the  words The number of words can be a good way to estimate the time base of your module: 1 minute is about 130 words. Don’t forget to consider: - Interactions & animations - Complex diagrams - Individual differences 11
  12. 12. -­‐ 3.  Test  in  live   One of the safest way is to perform tests with different audiences. Then, you can calculate the average time for each tester to complete the learning module. Finally, you can obtain a relevant average of the learning time needed to finish the program. 12
  13. 13. Now,  it’s  your  turn!     Create your own eLearning rich media videos with UbiCast. 13 Click  here  to  know  more

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