Last week, we described 7 ways to create video content for eLearning. We wanted to add another important approach: animated “explainer videos.” In our October 15 blog, we recommended that eLearning professionals expand their notion of what video is. Thinking of video content as more than professionally-produced and scripted footage is the key to an […]
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7 Ways to Easily Create More Video
Learning professionals have a firm grasp of the value of online video. They also experience anxiety—not just about finding ways to use video more effectively, but also about cost. It’s a dilemma. Many equate good video with high-end production (scripts, storyboards, actors, directors, shooting schedules, post-production, etc.) Perhaps it’s time to broaden our definition of […]
What’s Wrong with Using Learning Styles?
Reflections from DevLearn: Can preconceptions about learners limit their ability to learn? At last week’s DevLearn event in Las Vegas, we launched a new survey. We’re asking L&D professionals their opinions on Neil Fleming’s (and others’) model—that individuals fall into distinct learning styles, like Visual, Auditory, Read-Write, and Kinesthetic. (If you’re reading this before October […]
Send In The Training Reinforcements
With interactive video training, businesses can apply learning reinforcement techniques needed to keep sales training from evaporating. Not everyone is a born salesman. Effective sales techniques can be taught in the classroom (real or virtual), but too often that training disappears very quickly if the material is not reinforced. In his 2013 ATD blog, Sales […]
What Really Matters in the Flash Debate
Technology companies should serve the needs of the end user, even when it’s hard to do. In a recent TechCrunch article, LiveRail’s head of client services Vijay Balan posed the familiar “Flash is Dead” argument, using some unnecessarily harsh rhetoric (i.e., “the upcoming Flash-pocalypse.”) As expected, this stirred up a snarky flash debate between partisans […]
The Secret to Scenario-Based Learning
eLearning Applications for Interactive Video Earlier this year, Viddler commissioned an intensive research survey of learning and development (L&D) professionals. Our goal was to better understand their views and priorities on the subject of interactive video in workforce development. The first hurdle we discovered is that many in the L&D world do not have a […]
Is Flash Dead? Or is the Venerable Web Technology “just resting”?
Like the infamous Dead Parrot, the Adobe Flash plugin is at the end of its viable life cycle as a Web technology. Recent disclosures of exploitable bugs in Flash—plus this week’s decision by browser developers at Mozilla to disable the plugin—have accelerated the trend away from Flash in favor of HTML5 for Web video and […]
Show or Tell: Should I Use Text or Video?
Show or Tell – Should I use text or video? The debate between show or tell has existed since prehistoric times. But how do you know which one to choose? Let me explain. Imagine someone rushing down the street, completely lost and running late for a special showing of Jurassic Park. He stops and asks […]
eLearning Evolved Part 1: Why Should I Use Video?
Why Should I Use Video? Has one of your favorite books ever been turned into a movie, only to leave you disappointed? At some point, you’ll have the “book was better than the movie” experience. The reason is simple: While you were reading, your mind was busy filling in the blanks with your imagination. You […]
What IS Interactive Video, Anyway?
When someone uses the phrase, “interactive video,” what do they mean? The answer may surprise you. Online video has been with us since the early 2000s. As popularized by YouTube, the ability to watch videos on demand is part of our digital culture. But what are people actually doing when they watch that inspirational clip? […]