Even the highest-quality professionally produced video is passive. Press play, sit back, and watch. Fortunately, today’s interactive video technology offers so much more.
Richard Mayer’s multimedia learning principles support the benefits of using video for learning. To find out more, review this article featured on Learning Solutions, Six Best Practices for Collaborative, Interactive Video by our head of product development, and also presented at the 2016 FocusOn Conference.
Interactive video means making video more than a sit back and watch experience. This could entail stopping at moments in the video to invite your learners to respond to the content (not the controls) or to use video to practice a new skill or demonstrate expertise. Interactive video allows instructors and coaches the opportunity to provide precise feedback. Remember writing comments in the margins of papers? Now you have the ability to do that with student recordings. Use of a good interactive video training platform goes beyond engagement to enable measurable results for individuals and teams.
This collection of blog posts by the Viddler team, learning experts, technology partners, and other guests discuss today’s video learning technology trends. Explore new ideas in training and learning, like Virtual Reality and 360 Video. Discover how in-player interactivity can be used to interact with a specific moment in a demonstration or practice session. Find out how interactive video could help save the plant or make compliance training more engaging!
If you are new to online video and still need help and ideas with the basics, we have you covered too. Blog posts offer ideas for creating more video and how to do DIY video well. There are also tips for making use of tools you already use like Skype and screen share recordings as a basis for creating more engaging, interactive video.
From the video learning beginner to the experienced innovator, this Viddler blog collection offers ideas and insights for everyone. If you have an idea you would like to share with our followers, please let us know! We are always interested in new contributors.
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 >
Interactive training, whether in-person or online, is just one part of the learning process. Whether you’re a professional sales trainer or a proactive team leader or mentor, you need to know how humans learn—and assimilate that knowledge into their daily lives. There are many perspectives on the learning process, but the most helpful overview I’ve found is Noel Burch’s Competence Hierarchy. As you develop courses—video-based or otherwise—it’s always wise to consider your trainee’s journey on this path—and how to move them forward. Here’s a quick visual overview: The first two levels, Unconscious Incompetent (where you don’t know what you don’t…read more >
Compliance training is not something that people look forward to. While not often associated with positive thoughts, it doesn’t have to be dreaded! We’re all adults (I’m assuming) and we understand these courses are required—to prevent some serious trouble. We’re willing to comply, to satisfy these requirements. That doesn’t mean such courses have to bore us to tears. For compliance training, there are two basic rules: the KISS principle and using interactive video. The best compliance videos are short and simple, with a lively, well-rehearsed presenter speaking energetically, so there is no rambling. Interactive video training is a great way…read more >
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 >
Despite the hype, today’s Virtual Reality (VR) is unsuitable for online interactive training. Its high learning curve, production requirements, technology costs, and negative side effects make it a non-scalable, niche solution. However, 360 Video—a subset of VR—allows the user to be semi-immersed in an online scenario without the high overhead. Don’t get me wrong. I am an avid lover of Virtual Reality and all it’s potential for video gaming and other, highly immersive experiences. But for mainstream training, it just doesn’t cut it. Let's take a look at some of the major pain points of VR that get swept under…read more >
Companies committed to training already understand how important it is to be using video. Many of these are either using or considering Vimeo to host their training videos instead of an online video training system. There are good reasons for that. Vimeo is a reputable platform. It’s cheap at only $200/year. It’s easy to get started—without involving your purchasing department. So the most common question I hear is, “Why would I use an online video training system instead of just Vimeo?” As any sales guy would, I am answering this question with even more questions! Is a video training system…read more >
Does POV (Point Of View) video serve a non-entertainment purpose? When it comes to interactive video training, we think it does. Let’s face it; POV video is fun to watch. There are endless YouTube, Facebook, and Cable TV hours filled with POV footage—from devices attached to foreheads, carnival rides, surfboards, and bike handlebars. The rise of GoPro devices has been a major catalyst. In fact, the idea for this blog came from a POV video with over 2 million views (so far) that has absolutely NOTHING to do with interactive training. It’s about two minutes long. Go ahead. Enjoy… You’ll notice…read more >
I have a love/hate relationship with Skype. So do you. VOIP and video chat are only as good as the weakest connection—usually mine. But I must admit I can’t do without it. What I’ve noticed recently, however, is that most people don’t realize how Skype can be used for training. Here’s the answer. Organizations rely on Skype (and other VOIP/video apps) for live calls, meetings, screen sharing, and presentations. Trainers also use it to conduct live webinars. However, the real secret for trainers is not Skype’s live connection, but the ability to record conversations and meetings. These recordings are potential…read more >
In the modern digital world, technical expertise is the ultimate advantage. To survive, every technology company must enable its staff, resellers, and end users to understand and benefit from their product. Here are the ways interactive video can make that happen. Let’s be honest. It’s hard for many of us to keep track of all our gadgets and apps. Right after we figure out how to do something, the app or the OS is upgraded, or something else changes. Even if it’s an app we love, we’re in constant learning mode. Software developers have this problem in spades. Everything changes…read more >
360 degree videos have been popping up everywhere and the trend is not going away. Big companies are latching onto the power of 360 degree video to tell stories, highlight products, and showcase experiences. But, can this technology be used for training purposes? Social platforms, creative production houses, and game developers have created 360 degree video to stay ahead of the curve. Facebook dropped an immersive video, with a storyline, featuring Grand Central Station*. GreenFish Labs also filmed a 360 degree look behind the scenes of the live play The Passion.* and video game developer Farm 51 created a 360…read more >