Converting Training Classes To Online: How Hard Can It Be?

Many technical trainers and Instructional Designers are being tasked with converting their classes to an online platform. It sounds easy, but here are some learning points I have encountered and foresee in the future. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How To Use Interactive Video-Based Learning To Enhance Your Training’s Impact

The adoption of video-based training is on a roll. In this article, I outline how you can use its Next-Gen avatar, interactive video-based learning, and enhance your training’s impact.

Using Interactive Video-Based Learning To Enhance Your Training’s Impact

Using videos for training has been an established practice for over a decade. With the wider usage of mobile learning and microlearning, we are seeing an exponential increase in the usage of video-based learning that can be consumed on the go, in short bites.

We know the impact of videos for learning, but did you know that it does have certain drawbacks or limitations that are equally important to note. These include:

  1. Most of us tend to forget the content after the initial run length of 45-60 seconds. So, the “Forgetting Curve” may set in if the run length of the video is over 2 mins.
  2. Even though videos offer an “on demand” training, they have an intrinsic limitation of “passivity”. This stems from the fact that the only controls learners have are the start/stop/pause. Therefore, after the initial few seconds, the learners may not be as engaged.
  3. Although videos offer high recall, in the traditional format they are not effective for higher levels of cognition like check-pointing the understanding or its application.
  4. We cannot track the learner’s usage of the video.

How Can You Offset The Drawbacks Or Limitations In Video-Based Learning?

The interactive video-based learning is the NextGen avatar of video-based learning, and it successfully mitigates the above said challenges. In fact, it will take the learning experience up by several notches.

Through interactive video-based Learning:

  • You can transform the passivity of traditional videos to highly engaging interactions. These include interactions that are widely used in eLearning, such as Click to Reveal, Hot spots, Carousal and so on.
  • You can validate or checkpoint the learners’ progress as well as learning through inline checks as well as quizzes or end of video assessments.
  • You can also help learners understand the impact/consequences of their decisions by offering branching pathways. At certain junctures of the videos, the learners’ decisions take them to different paths. This technique can help them practice the application of learning in a safe environment.
  • You can track the learners’ progress and performance on LMS.

Tip: This is not all. You can convert any of your existing videos (in traditional format) to an interactive video-based learning format and create more engaging and higher impact training.

Can Interactive Video-Based Learning Strategies Be Used To Meet Varied Corporate Training Needs?

You can apply interactive video-based learning across your varied corporate training needs. They can be used for:

  • Formal learning
  • Informal learning
  • Performance Support or Just-In-Time Learning
  • Supporting ILT/VILT training

Here is a list of our top 5 interactive video-based learning strategies:

  1. Create a learning journey that has multiple videos in the Microlearning format to support formal training.
  2. Offer microlearning videos within the learners’ workflow as Performance Support (job aids).
  3. Offer personalized video-based learning paths to the learners.
  4. Curate videos from YouTube and customize them for your learning needs.
  5. Integrate other interesting components like gamification, Virtual Reality, or Augmented Reality to create highly immersive learning experiences.

What Are The Value-adds That Interactive Video-Based Learning Offers?

There are several value-adds as you use interactive video-based learning. Here are the top 5:

  • You can use interactive video-based learning as short, bite-sized nuggets. Learners can consume this on the go, on the device of their choice.
  • With interactive video-based learning, you need to be concerned about the run length of the video. You can focus on the learning outcome and use the rich range of learning interactions to meet the learning mandate.
  • Similar to eLearning courses, you can add intermittent checkpoints or end of video assessments.
  • You can offer branching options (at certain decision points, learners make choices that take them through unique pathways). This approach creates a highly sticky learning experience plus it enables you to move the cognition level to the application (from recall or understand).
  • Similar to other eLearning courses, you can track the learners’ progress as the interactive videos support both SCORM and Tin Can.

What Are The Key Features Of An Interactive Video Framework?

we had created our interactive video-based learning framework three years ago to help our customers see a 10X impact vis-à-vis tractional video-based learning.

Highlights Of Our Interactive Video-Based Learning Framework

  • Extensive range of interactions that will keep the learners engaged. You can use them to create a sticky learning experience (similar to interactions in an eLearning course).
  • Wide range of assessment formats that can be used to checkpoint the learner’s knowledge.
  • SCORM/Tin Can output to track the learner’s progress and performance.

Key Features Of Our Interactive Video-Based Learning Framework

  • Multi-Device Support
    The interactive video-based learning framework can run seamlessly on the device of the learner’s choice (ranging from desktops or laptops to tablets and smartphones).
  • SCORM And Tin Can Support
    Our framework is compatible with SCORM 1.2, 2004, AICC, and Tin Can and can be hosted on LMS/LRS. It can also run as a standalone piece on a web server.
  • A Wide Range Of Interactivities And Knowledge Checks
    We offer a wide range of learning interactions that learners are used to in traditional eLearning including:
  1. Hotspots
  2. Click and Reveal
  3. Carousal
  4. Drop-down
  5. Timed Activity
  6. Drag and Drop
  7. Branching based on learner decisions
  8. Fill in the blanks-based assessments
  9. Single choice assessments
  10. Multiple choice assessments
  • Learner Analytics
    Our interactive video-based learning framework provides detailed analysis and reports of the learner’s usage pattern.
  • Performance Indicator
    Our framework also shows the performance of the learner, via a visual performance indicator. This tracks the learner’s progress through the learning journey.
  • Gamified Activities
    To engage the learner and make it more interesting, we have gamified elements and activities in the framework. The learner can gain points, badges, and trophies as they complete these activities.
  • Flexibility
    Our interactive video-based learning framework can process any video and make it interactive, but its real power lies in its ability to integrate videos from YouTube and create a learning path to meet specific learning outcomes. The output can be tracked as it is available in a SCORM/Tin Can format.

As you would have noted, there are several compelling reasons why you should opt for interactive video-based learning (instead of or alongside the traditional video-based learning). I hope this article provides the required insights that will help you use it and enhance your training’s impact.

If you have any specific queries, leave a comment below.

Source: https://www.eidesign.net/how-to-use-interactive-video-based-learning-to-enhance-your-trainings-impact/

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First Reflections on Version 11.5.0.437

Intro

Usually I will not talk about a new version immediately after its release. However I am very excited about this intermediate release which is much more than just a patch.  ‘Voor elk wat wils‘ (interesting features for each developer whatever her/his level) is Flemish proverb fitting in this case. Do not expect a full review in this post, I will talk exclusively about some of my preferred features Of course they  appeal to my level of expertise. My apologies if you don’t like that ‘egocentric’ approach. Be sure I will write more in the future, need some time to explore in-depth., I may overlook some little gems which I couldn’t dig out yet, but will continue the search. You’ll find already three of those small gems at the end of the post.

SVG as Button

It has been possible to fill a shape with an image since version 6. Converting the shape to a button was much easier to create nice buttons than the older workflow with Image button.  For those image buttons you needed a graphics application and you couldn’t add a label. . Shape buttons also can have custom  states on top of the InBuilt states which they share with the old button types (Normal, Rollover, Down, Visited) . Personally never use the legacy button types anymore. One exception: embedded buttons on Quiz/Score slides cannot be shape buttons, so I use transparent buttons for those..

However, those shape buttons were limited in two ways:

  • You can only fill with Bitmap images, the much sleeker vector images such as SVG cannot be used as Fill..
  • The clickable area of the shape button is the bounding box, not the image itself.

In version 11.5 it is possible to use SVG’s directly as buttons, no need to fill a shape. And you can limit the clickable area to the image itself! This is a big step forward. File size of SVG’s tend to be smaller, compared with bitmap images, and moreover they are excellent for responsive project due to their vector nature.  The SVG, activated as button, has all the features of shape buttons: can be used on master slides, can be timed for the rest of the project (not in Fluid Boxes), can be added to quiz and score slides as extra button. A setup with 3 buttons like in this screenshot was not possible in previous versions, because the bounding boxes are overlapping: The screenshot may look blurry (has been converted to bitmap here) but the original SVG’s in Captivate are really crisp. Size of the SVG: about 75Kb.

By default the SVG converted to button is set up like a shape button: clickable area is the bounding box. To restrict it to the image itself, you need to uncheck that option:.

Bitmap images as Buttons

Similar to SVG’s, bitmap images can directly be used as button, no need to fill a shape. Same for the clickable area: can be limited to the image itself (provided you have an image with transparent pixels of course – no JPEG but GIF or PNG).  Depending on the type of images this extends the functionality which I explained in the first point. I will show a use case of custom hotspot questions with partial scoring like described in this older post. Watch out for use cases in future blog posts. Not only are you now rid of the cumbersome workflow which I described here, Themes

Themes have now a real Properties panel, which can access from the dialog box under the big button Themes. It is the only way, the panel is not to be found in the Windows menu, nor under the Themes menu (which still has to be used to save a customized theme).

Themes

Themes have now a dedicated Theme Properties panel. The only way to access this panel is from the dialog box under the big button Themes. You cannot open it with the Windows menu, nor from the Themes menu. That last menu still has to be used to save a customized theme. Here is a screenshot of that panel:

I plan to write a more extensive post  about this enhancement, ‘Themes’ is one of the underrated features, which I like to promote. I am really excited about the easy way to replace fonts (in ALL object styles). In the screenshot I replaced the original fonts in the Windswept theme by three Typekit fonts. It is a smooth process: all object styles with text related fo rmattingwill be updated for you. That will  be a time saver! It will push me to edit this blog, where I complained about the cumbersome workflow to replace one font in a theme.
Of course, you need to avoid overriding of object styles. ,The risk this will happen increased due to the new copy/paste appearance. I will talk about that new feature in another blog post, which will include recommendations.
In this release it is also  possible to have more than one theme in a project. This means also more Theme Colors palettes as well. I need some more exploration time to prepare a complete overview of all the changes related to themes. Please, be patient.

Interactive video

This was a  new feature in the first release of CP2019 which I really like a lot. The patch doesn’t add a lot (was well designed from start).  On demand from many developer,  you now are not only limited to videos on your system or from YouTube, but Vimeo videos are possible as well..

Another improvement is the possibility to insert a sequence of overlay slides (content or KC slides) on a frame of the video.

VR project/360 slides

Several enhancements:

  • To the actions which can be triggered by hotspots  ‘Play Video’ is added.
  • The hotspots became  customisable, black and white (minstrels?) are over and out: use colors appropriate for the project design and video background.
    Double click on the hotspot when inserted, select one of the paths and choose a color.

  • If you trigger Text, you will like the new formatting possibilities. Just a pity that Typekit fonts cannot be used….

  • No need to guess a duration for the popups anymore. Default setting is now a close button in the top right corner as you can see in the previous  screenshot.

Small gems

Theme colors: in the screenshot of the new Themes panel inserted earlier, you see that the main theme colors are now named ‘Color1…. Color10. This fits better the use of the colors, because in previous versions there was a Title color, which was not always used for titles, a Subtitle colors which was rarely used for subtitles etc…

Drag&Drop:  when selecting Infinite attempts in the Actions tab, the ‘Failure action’ will disappear, very logical since it will never happen in that situation. Regret however that the wording ‘Failure’ is still not replace by ‘Last Attempt’. The action doesn’t occur On Failure, but only at the last attempt, same as for quiz slides.

Preview menu: for non-responsive projects, the option ‘Preview HTML5 in Browser (F11)’ is now the first option which is great! The death of Flash player for all browsers will soon be a fact, every developer has to switch to HTML5 output. The other Preview methods are all still based on a temporary SWF output (except Play Slide, which is NOT a preview method). To check the future output only the mentioned Preview HTML5 in Browser should be used.

…sure will find more of those.

More…

This was not a complete overview at all. As I explained, need more time for features like the new Assets panel, use of Quick Start Projects, Branching setup, multiple themes, copy/paste appearance etc…

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Free eBook: How To Choose The Right Kind Of Video For Your Employee Training

This free eBook, How To Choose the Right Kind Of Video For Your Employee Training - Featuring 15 Formats That You Must Use In 2019, provides strategies and examples of how you can integrate video-based learning into your corporate training strategy. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How To Choose The Right Kind Of Video For Your Employee Training

Video-based learning has become an important part of corporate training delivery today. In this article, I share pointers that will help you identify what training videos would work best for your employees.

Choosing The Right Kind Of Video For Your Employee Training

Using videos for training employees has been around for a while. Of late, there is an acceleration in their usage. This is on account of the wider adoption of mobile learning and microlearning as they both leverage extensively on video-based learning.

Video is an immensely high-impact medium and when used as training videos for employees, they offer:

  • High engagement quotient
  • Sticky learning experience leading to higher retention and recall

The value of using training videos for employees lies in their ability to offer:

  • Formal training which can be consumed “on the go”
  • Instant job aids that are within the learners’ workflow and can be accessed at the moment of their need
  • Informal learning
  • Social learning

How Can You Use Training Videos For Your Employees?

You can use training videos for employees to supplement your corporate trainings and step up their impact. Some of the key trainings that can leverage on videos for employee training include:

  1. Induction and onboarding
  2. Soft skills training
  3. Product training
  4. Sales training
  5. Application simulations training
  6. Compliance training

The flexibility of training videos enables you to use them for:

  1. Formal training (online)
  2. Support Instructor-Led Training (ILT) or Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
  3. Performance Support (learning aids/job aids to support formal training)
  4. Social learning

This is not all. The true power of videos for employee training lies in their ability to contribute beyond learning or performance support intervention. They can contribute to other levels of the learning and performance ecosystem, notably to:

  1. Create a buzz or awareness (before the launch of the training program)
  2. Support crucial change management initiatives
  3. Continue the connect with the learners (post the training program)

Are There Any Drawbacks Or Limitations That You Should Be Aware Of As You Opt For Training Videos For Employees?

As I see it, there are a couple of aspects that you should note:

From The Development-And-Cost Perspective

The cost of video-based learning for formal training or as Performance Support is higher as compared to traditional eLearning development. You also need to be aware that any updates or enhancements do entail significant costs and lead time.

From The Learning-Impact Perspective

Even though video-based learning offers an immersive learning experience, the video does have an intrinsic limitation of “passivity”. It allows learners only to start/stop or pause.

This can impede the learning impact when you have long run length videos.

Additionally, you cannot track the learners’ progress as they go through videos for training.

What Kind Of Video Formats Can You Opt For In Order To Create Training Videos For Your Employees?

You have wide-ranging options that you can offer as training videos for your employees:

  1. Teaser videos
  2. Context-setting videos
  3. Explainer videos
  4. Scenario-based videos
  5. Story-based videos
  6. Complex decision-making branching simulation based videos

Are There Other Interesting Approaches That Can Enhance The Impact Of Training Videos For Employee Training?

Here are 3 interesting options that you should certainly consider:

1. Interactive videos
This is a Next Gen approach that creates highly interactive and immersive video-based learning solutions. It includes:

  • Learning interactions that are similar to traditional eLearning (Hot spots, Click and Reveal and so on)
  • Quizzes and assessments
  • Learning paths that branch to different tracks based on learners’ choices
  • Gamification elements
  • Unlike traditional videos, interactive videos allow you to track learner performance, and they also offer SCORM output

2. Microlearning videos
These short, focused, bite-sized videos use rapid development approaches. They are particularly useful as a social learning tool. They are designed to be available within the learners’ workflow so that they can access the relevant bite exactly at the time of their need.

3. 360-degree videos for VR and AR
These can take your user engagement and stickiness of learning to an all high level.

What Kind Of Training Videos Would Resonate With Your Employees?

Modern learners face challenges of distractions and multi-tasking, and they certainly do not want to carve out a block of time for training. They want the training to be flexible, short, focused, and available on the go. So, as you opt for videos for your employee training, match it with their lifestyle and accordingly, craft the learning journey.

Here is a list of my top 5 strategies you should adopt as you offer training videos for your employees:

  1. Create the buzz or awareness and establish WIIFM (What Is In It For Me)
  2. Set context or teach concepts
  3. Offer learning followed by practice, application, and summaries
  4. Checkpoint learners’ progress and understanding
  5. Reinforce and keep the “Forgetting Curve” at bay

What Would Be The Impact Of Using Training Videos For Your Employees?

You would see:

  • Higher engagement
  • Better completion rates
  • Better retention and recall
  • Better performance support leading to better application of the acquired learning
  • Increased focus on informal learning
  • Higher ROI on your training spend

I hope this article gives you great ideas that you can use as you implement training videos for your employee training. If you have any specific queries, leave a comment below.

Source: How To Choose The Right Kind Of Video For Your Employee Training

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