Check Skills Using Video

Check Skills Using Video

At a recent family get-together, my aunt told me about a “special” outing she took with her staff over the summer. She heads up safety for a large university and wanted to take her staff out for ice cream, but she had an ulterior motive as well. My aunt used the outing as a training opportunity to check her team's skills. She asked her team to identify all the safety hazards along their walk. Evaluate Skills In the Real World I loved the approach! Get people out of a classroom and into the real world. Unfortunately, that’s not always practical.…read more >
Corporate Training & Customization

Corporate Training & Customization

Recently, I came across an old Forbes article that linked advertising and training, “Staff training budgets are like advertising budgets; you can waste a sizeable chunk telling the wrong people the wrong things, but as with advertising, developments in technology are giving companies less and less excuse for doing so.” This is potential good news for those wanting more engaging training programs Training budgets are tight. Personalization, particularly with video, seems expensive. But how much money (and employee engagement) is wasted by delivering the same content to everyone, even if they don’t need it? Customization is the answer. The innovation…read more >
The Misleading Debate Over Text “Versus” Video

The Misleading Debate Over Text “Versus” Video

Here’s a question that plagues trainers and eLearning professionals: “When teaching or learning something new, do you prefer video or text?” Frankly, it is the wrong question. According to “everyone,” video is supposed to be the most powerful way to learn. Many assume that online video inherently makes eLearning better or more effective. So, they resist the idea that some people—actually a lot of people—still prefer text over video! The reason is simple: control. With text, the end user has complete control over the experience, based on his or her reading level. The quality of the writing and its presentation…read more >
Interactive Video Training Starts With Online Video

Interactive Video Training Starts With Online Video

Trainers and educators generally agree that video content is valuable. They also agree that making video available online enhances its value—by making it available remotely and, hopefully, by making it interactive. However, it turns out that there’s a knowledge gap when it comes to the basics of “online video.” Last year, I spoke at the inaugural FocusOn Video conference in Austin, Texas about using interactive video training. Several attendees remarked that it would be helpful to have an introductory session to just go over the basics of how online video works before digging into the advanced topics like making online…read more >
What does it really mean to find a career you love?

What does it really mean to find a career you love?

Valentine’s day is all about the people we love. But “love” is used in different ways. Penelope Trunk argues that “Finding a career you love” is bad career advice. If that’s true, then I’m among the guilty. A few years ago, a trip back my alma mater (to talk to students about my career) prompted me to write about my journey to finding a career I love. Penelope’s 2007 article, more recently referenced on The Muse, points out that some graduates end up putting too much pressure on themselves to find that perfect career—to find what they love. If you…read more >
What Can Sales Training Learn from Sports Video Motion Analysis?

What Can Sales Training Learn from Sports Video Motion Analysis?

Sports coaches have long used video to analyze and improve athlete performance. They’ve gone beyond the basics - re-watching a game or individual performance - to detailed analysis of tasks and biomechanics. Sales professionals often rely on sports analogies for motivation, but sales coaches still rely on in-person “ride-alongs” and other in-person approaches to evaluate a sales rep’s performance. They offer advice that focuses mainly on what went wrong. Perhaps it’s time for sales coaches to borrow sports coaching techniques as well? Video Motion Analysis Defined Software systems can let sports coaches mark key points in an athlete’s performance. They…read more >
Video Practice is the Best Way to Learn

Video Practice is the Best Way to Learn

As a young Bullfrog at Bret Harte High, to win scholarships for college, I entered speech competitions. I’d stand in my bedroom, practicing gestures, making eye contact with pictures on the wall, and giving my speech out loud. Repeating the live motions, as close to the actual event environment as possible, was the best way for me to learn my speeches and provide a consistent performance. The way we encode skills hasn’t changed. Humans must practice. Practice makes you consistent, but does that lead to improvement in a skill that matters? As Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is…read more >
Save Time & Get Better Reporting with Interactive Training

Save Time & Get Better Reporting with Interactive Training

Interactive training can get complicated. Not too long ago, one of our customers was trying to manage multiple systems to deliver training certifications for over 300 people at a time. She explained that they were using one system for their discussion board capability, another for document submission from their trainees, and Viddler Training Suite (VTS) for tracking that each person actually watched the entire video. Three systems is a lot for one person to manage! So, I’d like to show you how to accomplish all 3 online video training goals, right inside VTS! Great! It’s all set for your trainees…read more >
Where does User data Go with Video Embeds?

Where does User data Go with Video Embeds?

We hear this a lot: “I’ve been using YouTube or Vimeo to embed video in my LMS, but I need user tracking for my videos.” Sound familiar? Here are some important things to know about using video with your learning system. User data from your LMS are extremely comprehensive—as they should be. However, many players (especially YouTube) embed video with a web object called an iframe. Unfortunately for you, iframe-embedded videos only collect anonymous user behavior and send it elsewhere. Why are user data lost? Your LMS requires that each learner log in, so that you (the administrator) know who they are…read more >

5 Tips for Saving Time with Video

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…read more >