The internet is full of a number of ways to learn all sorts of skills and information. Video offers an invaluable way to show processes, techniques and ideas in a clear way with real-life situations. A learning video can add a whole new dimension to education projects, taking them to the next level. Here are a few different ways to harness video in your learning.
Interactive video is a great way to engage your audience. It allows your audience to control the video they see by clicking on buttons at different points. This example from the Resuscitation Council is an excellent way for users to brush up on their life-saving first aid skills. Users are shown real scenarios and asked to make decisions against the clock whilst also being shown correct techniques. It allows the user to get a score at the end and to receive feedback.
Learning video embedded in other content
Videos make excellent supporting materials that can be embedded on web pages alongside photographs, illustrations, text and audio. They can also be placed alongside questionnaires or tests. There are also learning management systems, such as Moodle, where you can develop learning courses. Video can be embedded in quizzes and learning materials. Here is a video about how to do that.
There has been an explosion in the number of video learning platforms such as udemy or skillshare. These are great places to find courses broken down into bitesize videos. This example on skillshare is an introduction to search engine optimisation. It’s neatly parcelled up into chunks of a few minutes each that keeps it manageable and easy to dip in and out of. These are also excellent platforms for developing saleable content or as a place to host your content marketing videos.
You might also want to read this blog about why even the simplest videos need good storytelling.