How to Stop Training Videos from Being Boring

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2018 - March 28, 2018

Jonathan Halls

Jonathan Halls

Many people making training videos are wizzes at the technology, but few are schooled in the editorial skills of crafting pictures to convey meaning. As a result, many training videos are boring and fail to engage learners. One reason is that video messages are picture-led. To truly engage learners, you need to create video with a picture-first mindset. You also need to play to its strengths as a modality.

In this session, you will explore what makes a good training video and how pictures are central to visual engagement. You’ll learn about four key techniques that television and digital video professionals use to make video more engaging. You’ll find out how to avoid video that is boring. And you’ll uncover both the opportunities and limitations of video for learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About four key techniques to increase visual engagement
  • How to sequence shots to tell a strong story or convey learning
  • About the dynamics of crafting pictures for different devices
  • About the opportunities for, and limitations of, video in learning


Novice to intermediate designers and developers.

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