Multimedia is more than just a buzzword. It enables us to take advantage of all of the various forms of content that we have available today to reach others more effectively. Not using all of the different kinds of advanced media content that we have at our fingertips is like being presented with a $1,000 grant and throwing it away. Since every person is unique, using various media forms is of particular advantage for educating or training, as it allows us to reach individual learners with dynamic content that is visual, auditory, and kinetic.
With this in mind, interactive videos are one of the best ways to spice up your e-learning solutions. But throwing something together that is merely interactive is not the same as creating high-quality content. Here are five ways to make sure that your interactive videos are the best that they can be.
Interactivity draws natural connections to other mediums such as video games, and one of the best ways to take advantage of interactive e-learning is to draw inspiration from them. Gamification is an effective learning and training method that encourages growth and friendly competition – both between teams and individually.
Interactive videos lend themselves perfectly to gamification. You can insert mini tests, trivia, and other interactive games. This allows users to test their knowledge and apply it, and allows you to inject some fun into the learning process.
2. Create realistic situations
You can also take advantage of these interactive features by creating more realistic scenarios that not only make things more interesting, but are a lot more effective at preparing your trainees for their jobs. Any training program has to go over a number of topics, mostly dealing with theory and general education. Though essential to any profession, theory will only get you so far, and it often leads employees swimming out of their depth when they come to apply it in their day-to-day jobs. One of the great things about interactive video is that it allows you to create a realistic and fully immersive scenario that puts trainees in situations that will better prepare them for real life.
3. Check compatibility
One of the biggest roadblocks to a good e-learning program is one of the simplest things to fix. Make sure that your interactive videos are compatible on all devices and all operating systems. You don’t want a learning experience to be hindered by technical errors.
4. Use a unified color scheme
With interactive videos, there is already a lot more going on than people normally experience. This can make it easy to cross the line into overstimulation. For this reason, think carefully about the colors and design that you use in your videos. Try to keep them subtle and low key, and allow the various animations and interactive features to speak for themselves.
5. Make it learner-centric
The technology that we have is exciting and it can be easy to get carried away, but throughout the process of creating an interactive video – and indeed an entire e-learning program – it is important never to forget the most essential factor: the learner. Create every aspect of the video with the learner in mind. This means that it should be intuitive, usable, and allow users to dictate their own learning experience. You can also use interactive features to track your trainees’ interactions. This allows you to see which of your learners are making the fastest progress and finding the best route through the program, and where most people are struggling. Things like this mean that you can not only track your employees’ progress, but also see where changes need to be made in your interactive videos.
Interactive videos are an excellent way to make a training program a cut above the rest, but only when they are crafted in the best ways. Look into implementing them in your e-learning program as soon as possible. These tips are simple, but they should go a long way towards helping you to achieve your company’s training goals and educate each employee in a way that suits them perfectly.
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