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.

Spatial Contiguity Principle Applied to Interactive Video

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.

 


 

 

Viddler to Introduce In-Video Question Authoring & Reporting at FocusOn

Viddler to Introduce In-Video Question Authoring & Reporting at FocusOn

At Learning Solutions FocusOn Video event in Austin, June 8–10, we will be introducing a major upgrade to our online learning portal offering, the Viddler Training Suite (VTS). The upgrade includes an easy authoring interface for adding multiple choice questions to any point in the video timeline. Each answer can also include a “jump to” entry, taking the user to a specified point in the video. VTS now tracks and reports individual user responses to these questions—to help instructors, managers, and administrators measure learning progress. VTS already provides individual usage statistics for training video content. It also gives team leaders…read more >
Ask these 3 Questions for Better Training in 2016

Ask these 3 Questions for Better Training in 2016

2016 is here, so it’s out with the old and in with the new. This year many businesses are planning on implementing new policies and processes and need a way to train their employees on the updates. In order to train effectively, business are starting or updating new online training programs using video. These companies understand video is the best training delivery tool and want to scale and/or bring consistency to their teams. To make these goals happen, training managers need to ask these three questions: 1. Ask: What changes in the company are being asked for? List out what…read more >
Video Trends to Care About in 2016

Video Trends to Care About in 2016

2015 brought a lot of attention to the use of video; from Facebook offering an endless scroll video feed to the eLearning industry captivating the teaching powers of video. Video teaches the world how to tie a tie, bake a new recipe, or learn a new language. But what is next to come for video? At Viddler, we are taking a stab at what we think will be the hottest video trends of 2016! Video Micro-Moments Video micro-moments are what users are looking for to answer basic questions about products, services, processes, or events. Adding video into a marketing plan…read more >
How Interactive Video Could Help Save the Planet

How Interactive Video Could Help Save the Planet

Starting next week, leaders from over 190 nations will gather at the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. The goal of the UN event is a global agreement to avert catastrophic climate change. To prepare event participants, a leading public policy research group used the power of interactive video. Over the past two decades, concern over global warming has grown dramatically—as has the response from academics, non-government organizations (NGOs), governments and particularly the United Nations. However, the most common public misconception is that UN initiatives have not worked. One organization, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), is working to…read more >
7 Ways to Easily Create More Video

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 online video. Effective video content need not be a mutually exclusive choice between high, unsustainable production cost and low do-it-yourself (DIY) quality. Here are 7 different ways to create and use online video: 1. High-End Hollywood First things first: professionally produced video can be a…read more >
Send In The Training Reinforcements

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 Horizons co-founder Richard Ruff noted, “If your organization does not reinforce the skills learned during sales training, learning will decay—and decay will be rapid. Indeed, many skills may disappear within three months.” Ruff and others maintain that coaching and institutional support (easily accessible messaging, success…read more >
The Secret to Scenario-Based Learning

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 clear idea of what “interactive video” means! Some felt that simply pushing play on a video constituted interactivity—an idea discussed in my previous blog. Once respondents were shown some examples of in-video interactivity—such as timeline comments or links, questions, etc.—they had definite opinions on what…read more >
What IS Interactive Video, Anyway?

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? Press the "Play" button? Maybe adjust the volume or go to full screen view? Nod and share it on Facebook? If the player is little more than a tiny TV, then the video experience is "flat" or passive in nature (even if the video itself…read more >
Is your Video Interactive or Static?

Is your Video Interactive or Static?

Effective Learning Uses Video! People who learn concepts through video remember longer than most. Not only do video learners retain knowledge longer, but they grasp concepts faster than learning solely through reading. Studies of person to person communication indicates that less than 10% of human understanding comes from language, less than 40% comes from tonality (auditory) and the remaining is through body language (visual). People are visual learners and using video is a more effective way to get your message across and ensure your viewers understand. The concept of enhanced learning through video is understood and implemented by many learning…read more >
4 Ways to Make Learning fit Your Lifestyle

4 Ways to Make Learning fit Your Lifestyle

The internet allows any person to have access to information, information that can lead to curiosity, interest, and eventually learning. However, working people are busy and need learning lifestyle options to get the job done as efficiently as possible. Video and audio help people work smarter, not harder because content is delivered visually and in-ear to aid in comprehension. This control with video allows for learning online or offline, with more time or less time, and learning at your own pace. 1. Combat interruptions One problem that halts a learning lifestyle is interruptions. Interruptions happen all the time at work…read more >