4 ways interactive video makes learning easier for busy employees

It doesn’t take long for a busy person’s schedule to fill up. Responsibilities at home and work deter employees from completing additional training outside of their normal duties. Lack of time makes implementing new products or processes impossible. At least this used to be the case before e-learning and online video.

But online video alone isn’t enough to make employee training less time-consuming. We’ve all been subjected to long, boring training videos that don’t engage us. While we prefer video to lengthy manuals or Death by PowerPoint, we can still doze off or move on to other tasks while the video is playing.

Interactive tools for video make all the difference. Below are 4 video player features that will add life to any e-training program.

1) User-adjustable video playback speed

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If employees have trouble understanding the video, or if they want to take notes, they need a way to slow it down. Increase comprehension and retention by using this method.

Sometimes, employees may just need to quickly review a video. With the ability to speed up video playback, employees can get the information they need in less time.

2) Jump back/ Skip ahead intervals

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What was that again? Have you ever read a book and needed to go back and reread a page because it didn’t make sense or you were distracted by an interruption? The same concept holds true with video. For those “what was that again?” moments, save time by allowing your employees to jump back (or go forward) at pre-specified intervals.

Don’t lose them to boredom. There are often moments of a video that are drawn out.  Instead of having bored employees stop the video or start “multitasking,” give employees the ability to skip ahead before they give up altogether.

3) Video chaptering — allowing  employees to find relevant content.

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I have chapters in my book, why not in my videos? Many times it is easier on employees if long-form video content is divided into segments or chapters.  If your video platform supports chaptering, simply identify places within the video that change direction or identify a new topic.

Every time your employees experience a video you have chaptered, they will be able to find what they need faster than before. You can even make training more manageable by directing employees to view certain chapters within a period of time.

4) Video  “on the go” with a mobile device or podcast.

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Everyone’s lives are already so demanding that it’s difficult to fit a long video into our schedule. It’s one of the many reasons why audiobooks have become so popular. Not many people have time to sit down and read a book. It’s much more efficient to listen to it on the bus or on the treadmill.

The same holds true for video. Many popular podcast apps allow you to download public video content for offline viewing. Give employees the opportunity to learn wherever and whenever is convenient for them.


While the invention of e-learning and m-learning has made it possible for employees to continue their training anytime, anywhere, the real game changer is interactive video.What other interactive video training tools help busy learners? Comment below!