Videos are often added to learning materials to make them more engaging. However, those engaging videos are also time consuming. Your employees and students have no way of knowing if there’s an introduction that could be skipped. Maybe there’s a topic in the video that’s not as relevant to their learning needs? Unlike text-based content, there’s no skimming for keywords or shortcuts for time-pressed employees.
Even if you follow best practices and create short videos, pressing play requires a time commitment. Here are 5 tips for optimizing the time investment:
1. Use menus to facilitate quick access.
We are all accustomed to referring to a table of contents in a book or course to determine its value. So why not add chapters to your videos? Short or long – everyone benefits from a sneak peek at what’s inside.
2. Allow faster (or slower) playback to get through content at the right pace.
Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense to play a video at normal speed. For review purposes, faster playback is better. When you have trouble grasping a concept, or need time to take notes, slowing it down is preferable. Playback speed controls make it easier for your learners to control the rate at which they consume content.
3. Skip ahead without scrubbing.
Provide shortcuts to easily skip ahead (when reviewing or searching for specific content) or go back (to repeat an important point, or when interruptions distract us from the video content). It’s also wise to set different time intervals for going forward or back—or even restricting skip ahead capability, if you need to make viewing the whole video mandatory.
4. Make it easy to pick up where you left off.
Increasingly, we watch the same video from more than one device. Even when we use the same device, it can be hard to find your place after an interruption.
Save time by stopping a video in progress, attending to other work or even transitioning from the work computer to a tablet on the commute home…and start playing where you left off.
5. Invest in searchable transcripts.
In the “information overload” age, it’s important to be able to find what you need quickly. Save time by allowing users to search your video via interactive transcripts.
Video doesn’t have to mean hard-to-find content that’s an unknown time investment. A player with some simple controls at the fingertips of your employees can make your engaging videos efficient instead of an unknown time sink.
Interested in learning more about how player controls can enhance your videos for learning? I encourage you to explore Viddler’s product offering.