Creating training material only once as opposed to repeating live instruction multiple times is one of the advantages of eLearning. Video training is one of many platforms that can be used. Developing video training material is simple, but requires a three step process that differs from simply taking a live course presentation and filming it.
The first step in creating video training is to plan your production. When you do a live presentation with an audience, you are able to interact with the audience and tailor your delivery to their needs. In a video production, the trainer is not there to feed off of the audience. Therefore, you have to try and create a video that is engaging, interactive, and emphasizes the points you want stressed.
- Write your script. Use speaking language, not written language.
- Read through your script out loud and make sure it sounds right and edit as needed.
- Prepare any activities that you want to re-enforce through activity or quizzes. Write scripts to accompany any audio instruction or feedback.
- Prepare visual aids or slides to accompany your presentation.
- Plan the video production. If you are working inside a studio, decide if you will be using a hard set or Chroma key. If outside of a studio, plan a place that will give you good lighting and sound quality.
After you've prepared the material, the production phase is where you start putting it together and recording the material. Whether you are going into the studio or recording out in a garden somewhere, simply record the material. You'll need to make sure that the sound, lighting, and presenter are all strong and on cue. Pay close attention to minor details that can be distracting to your learners.
- Look over your presenter closely for things like stray hairs sticking up or crooked ties.
- Watch closely and ensure that the presenter is always looking in the right direction and not distracted by something out of view. It may seen minor at the time, but will disengage the audience if they see it on video.
- Aim for good lighting and no shadows on your presenter.
- Do multiple sound checks.
It might take several takes to get everything recorded as perfectly as possible. If you are doing voice-overs to accompany the quizzes or activities, that audio will need recorded as well. It's easiest to take care of all production aspects at the same time so you can focus on piecing them together in post-production.
This is where all your hard work comes together to create your polished video training. There are countless ways to edit your material. You can do it on a mobile device using an app, or for more robust tools you can use a desktop version. Much of a production can even be filmed and edited on an iPhone. Piece your production together from start to finish and you're ready to go.
Video is an excellent eLearning platform that has unlimited potential for how it can be used. You design the production for as much or as little learner interactivity as you wish. With a good return on investment, it's a good tool to use.
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