Today, most of the video-based mobile learning has emerged as a popular medium for workplace training. This increasing shift towards embracing videos for mobile learning encourages organizations to adopt an online learning style which is accessible anytime and from anywhere.
There are varied kinds of videos that are used for mobile learning, including professionally developed videos, interactive videos with knowledge checks, and other social elements. Due to small screen size of mobile devices, videos are divided into small and digestible chunks so that learners can access e-courses anytime and anywhere without any hassle.
Videos empower constructive learning because learners create a coherent presentation of e-course in their minds. Earlier, in-person instructor used to perform the mentoring role, while at office or offsite and across different demographic locations. With e-learning, the world is transforming into a multimodal classroom, providing organizations, learners and trainers to access vast amounts of information worldwide. Videos have become the most common media insertion in e-courses in today’s training scenario. There is a gamut of ways to design an effective video-based training module. Let us discuss three strategies to create video-based learning content:
1. Create video-based chunks
Most of the e-learning companies believe that improving communication skills is more than boosting employees’ knowledge competency. For them, traditional classroom training is the best medium to enhance interactivity between learners and educators. While classroom environment is a powerful platform to impart good expertise, it also has few drawbacks that include reduced employee retention and lesser reachability. To deliver continuous learning experience, organizations have designed online library of modules to transform their overall learning experience.
- To efficiently create short videos, organizations studied the training material in detail to identify key learning areas.
- Those learning requirements are then arranged to present a visual appeal. The bulleted format and attractive background is easy to read and understand.
- With an eminent need of learning reinforcements, every module is divided into small nuggets, providing bites of relevant data on business communication and helping learners retain and implement more at work.
- Graphics are included to seek attention of maximum learners.
- Audio-enabled content allows learners to simply hear the module and learn instantly.
- With multi-device delivery, videos can be accessed from a desktop or laptop and at home, office or while commuting.
2. Embed images and videos
In leading industry domains, like automobile industry, a series of e-courses are developed covering different topics such as manufacturing and maintenance of cars. Considering the limitation of time and costs, attractive real-life images and videos are incorporated with e-courses.
- The images and interactive videos are used as a crucial part of the online courses.
- Videos are shot at real-life workplace locations so that learners are well-acquainted with the nitty-gritty of different processes.
- Audio is later incorporated and synched with videos for an impactful content delivery.
- Real-life videos imparted practical know-how of office machines and actual work environment.
- Consequently, it ensures that learners are aware of the workplace settings, machinery and other procedures. This boosts confidence among learners and encourages learning more.
3. Embed animated videos
Creating videos and embedding them with e-courses to support mobile learning is not an easy task. You need proper settings, lighting and visual effects to prepare a powerful video. With latest technologies used in graphics and animation, this problem can be addressed and engaging videos can be created on ample of subjects. For instance, if you wish to develop a game-based training material, then whiteboard animation video can be integrated. The video aids learners with improved workplace performance, providing opportunities to learn something more relevant. With a strong script and storyboarding, it can be used to improve learner engagement in online training environments.
The three strategies above are some of the ways how videos can be efficiently incorporated with online courses. There is a strong association between online video consumption and video communications. Today’s new age learners have grown up with more visual and less text-based culture. They are exposed to lot of media-based content and expect the same from their e-learning experiences. With assimilation of engaging videos, organizations can captivate learners’ attention and sustain their interest for a longer period of time.
Continuous learning and video-based discussions facilitate learning between peers as well as between trainers and learners, fostering strong social connections, learning support or creating a valuable space for discussing fruitful ideas. Transformation from courses with less media content to content composed of high-definition videos will result in increased course size significantly. Video is undoubtedly an impactful medium to access training material, whether real-time or as per demand. Video-based learning on mobile devices offers plethora of benefits including employee retention, knowledge competency, distance learning despite of different geographical locations and learner engagement.
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