Video killed the Radio Star is a pop song that came out almost 40 years ago, during the heyday beginnings of MTV. Even though radio is still around, MP files, instant downloads and video have grown to be a huge piece of the music industry. Did this song predict the future of both radio and eLearning?
We are a multi-media, video enriched society. Video exists in small bites everywhere - Facebook, YouTube, Snap Chat, Instagram and even on the pump when you’re getting gas. I was at the phone store recently, and played with a projector that can work off a smartphone! How cool is that? You can broadcast videos and presentations to groups of people almost anywhere, right out of your pocket! The same concept applies to SAP training. We already have the ability to create mobile friendly online training courses – the same broadcast software is what we use everyday to build our trainings.
Technology makes our lives and learning fun, and it is definitely an exciting time to be an instructional designer with so many technology-friendly tools to work with when creating courses. Audio-based courses are still a favorite; just like radio they will be around for a long time. These days, however, strong imagery and video are becoming key factors to making even technical based eLearning courses engaging and exciting for the new workforce, who have grown up with it and even expect it.
Are you an instructional designer finding the need to get into the world of video for your eLearning modules? With so many choices, you may be wondering what the right option is. On the other hand, perhaps you are a student, and you feel the easiest and fastest way you can learn a new topic is through a video tutorial?
First off, having great audio and text in your courses is important, as it often contains the key points of a course. Don’t take out the bones of a good course just to make it a video. It is true though, that too much text on the screen is just too much. You can use the engagement of graphics or a video to drive the point of an explanatory content slide home. An animated graphic or persona video could be in order. We think the best approach is a variety of multimedia elements to update your eLearning, each having its own purpose and place.
Your audio needs to be high quality. Use a professional if you can – it’s worth it. You need a good script; it needs to be approved, rehearsed and have a natural sound. It has been said that bad audio is the least tolerable multimedia option. Have good audio, or have none. If you have none, make sure your screen text makes sense without it.
Presentations and Graphics
Great graphics can explain some topics and conceptual ideas better than text only, even with voice. Hey, even many dictionaries have pictures! That being said, nobody likes graphics that can’t be read, are busy, or contain too much information. Make your graphics large and in charge. Graphics can be presented in several sections, fade out or be highlighted and be more impactful than a still graphic. PowerPoint is a great, user-friendly yet powerful graphic tool if you have no other resource.
See Audio. Next, choose the right file format. The MP4 video file format is accepted by most eLearning authoring tools and is supported by most computers, tablets and smartphones. Video does not have to be a person talking; it can be a screen capture. Watch me – is how we all grew up learning, its human nature to learn this way.
Michael Management Corporation pays a great deal of attention to the format of our training courses. While a valuable resource, we feel that death by PowerPoint is not the most effective method for teaching SAP. This is why all our courses are interactive, dynamic modules that use professional voice actors for the audio, produce downloadable handouts and have formal final exams.
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