Video is quickly replacing manuals for many learning and training applications. If you are thinking about making an educational or training video, these examples will help demonstrate your options.
The following examples are common and effective ways of using video in training. Some of these are our videos, but many are good examples created by others.
A dynamic and entertaining way to include blended learning into your training video is with an animated whiteboard. We have gone into detail about explainers in the past but animated whiteboard explainers bring the classroom to life in the same vein as watching your teacher write class notes on the board. Animated whiteboard videos include visual, auditory and text forms of visual techniques. There are also numerous technologies online that can create whiteboard explainers for you.
Often used online, screencast training is where the host will record their computer screen as they go step by step with a tutorial. This is a great training tool for new software, as opposed to manuals that aren’t as visually stimulating. The main thing that online viewers love about screencast training is that it gets to the point quickly while showing off the program. Unfortunately, screencasts don’t often include other learning techniques such as text. Another downside is that poor quality audio and screencast software may lead to an overall cheap feel to the training video.
Following in numerous journalistic footsteps, talking head has a person on screen explaining the process of the training. These kinds of trainings give the video a more personal feel as humans scientifically love faces, even to the point where we see them in inanimate objects. Seeing a person on screen also allows for hands-on demonstrations.
Most notably used in retail, role play training videos present a scenario and use actors to play it out. Role plays can help explain the best approach for dealing with obstacles, which range from everyday encounters to the very obscure. Role plays also have the ability to create a personal connection to the subject and to replicate the business location. Despite being stereotyped as having bad acting, role plays can be great tools for training, as long as they employ clear scenarios and solutions, and use text to emphasize points.
All good training videos include some form of demonstration. Whether it’s animation or live action, the goal of training is for your viewers to learn about the process. In order for the message to really sink in, as many learning techniques as possible should be used. There should be vocal instructions, an actual physical presentation, and text on screen to emphasize the key points. These techniques are especially important in safety training videos.
Although technologies are evolving, interactive videos have existed in training videos for a long time. Interactive features have been featured in videos as quizzes at the end of numerous training scenarios for years. Now, viewers can actively get involved by clicking the page and touching screens to learn about product features or get actively involved with specific practices.