5 Best Practices for Creating eLearning Videos

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The majority of eLearning courses include some sort of online training video, whether it is an instructor lecturing into the camera or a PowerPoint presentation with a voice-over recording. There are many different ways to create an eLearning video, but all have the same purpose: to effectively teach your students.

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We’ve rounded up five best practices for creating your own eLearning videos. Take a look:

1. Hire the experts (or become one).

Videos should be well produced with good quality sound and imaging. If you are roll playing with actors or peers, be sure you have quality acting as well. Students don’t want to watch poor recordings or bad acting. Either hire the experts to help or become an expert yourself (there are thousands of online resources to get you started)!

2. Keep it short – “Chunk it.”

If you have a long lecture to include in your course, break it up into a few shorter videos. Students have short attention spans and they focus more and ultimately learn more in chunks.

3. Include demonstrations.

Students learn better if they are shown live demonstrations, especially in customer service or sales. Consider including a how-to (or how-not-to) demonstration within your video. If you are teaching the student how to use a specific software or program, you can also include a screencast demonstration with a voice recording.

4. Make it interactive.

It’s easy to lose your students’ attention during an online course, especially with another boring video presentation or lecture. Instead of just lecturing, make it more conversational and relatable – add some real-life examples. Also consider adding interactive pop-up questions and hyperlinks to engage your students.

5. Be creative.

Creating online training videos can quickly become a mundane task and it’s easy to get sloppy. Resist the urge to speed through the video, only to have to re-do it later. Instead of repeatedly recording videos the same way, try to think of new angles, background music, and how you emphasize your important points. Go into each new recording session with a fresh mindset and the goal of successfully recording it the first time – and don’t be afraid of trying new things.

What types of best practices do you follow for your eLearning videos? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

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Sarah Bright

Sarah Bright is currently the communications director, blogger, and social media voice for DigitalChalk, an Online Training Software Company. She graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University and has a background in customer service. She has found her niche in blogging and writing about the eLearning industry and sharing tips and tricks for building successful online courses.

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Hi

One of the good things about using videos in elearning is that you can distribute them in a number of different ways – especially if they’re self-contained. Here’s how to mail links out via email to colleagues for ‘little and often’ learning.

http://whatyouneedtoknow.co.uk/little-and-often-learning/

Andy

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Sarah,
What is the best video software to create online videos for Helpdesk?

Thanks
Catee

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Hi Sarah,

I have a question about the timeline for creating storyboards, filming, editing, and building the video into the course. Do you have an approximation of how long the entire process takes, say for a 15 minute video?

Elaine

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