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Sessions in Video & Media Track
Every training professional knows how to write for a PowerPoint presentation, but video?! Seems scary. However, PowerPoint is often bogged down in text or relies solely on visuals and the charisma of the presenter to get the message across. There are plenty of ways to create your own video, but you can’t just take your slides and and hit “play.”Read More
When it comes to designing learning experiences, a picture really can feel like it’s worth a thousand words. It’s not uncommon to see L&D courses and resources use text to tell a story or explain how to do something in situations where a short screencast video could share the same information better and faster. So why don’t designers use screencasting more often? The perception that screencasts are expensive, time-consuming, and hard to create is a significant barrier, but one that is now easy to overcome with the right processes and tools.Read More
Spoken words carry information far beyond what is found in the words themselves. Written words cannot convey inflection, tone, and true meaning, so it is not surprising that a voice-over recording can sound very different than what scriptwriters originally intended. What if there was a simple way to write scripts for voice narration that increases readability, leading to improved accuracy in delivery and minimizing (even eliminating) time-consuming retake sessions?Read More
The airline industry is highly regulated. As a result, Alaska Airlines’ employees were tasked with completing numerous hours of training each year. With limited resources and time, they needed an innovative method to make this annual training feel fresh to their audience. For the first time in years, they decided that eLearning might not be the answer to the age-old problem of how to make a learning experience truly memorable. Their alternative: comics!Read More
L&D is increasingly using video to address workplace needs, but where should you turn to learn how to make these videos engaging and effective? Hollywood, of course! For more than 100 years, the film industry has mastered the art of engagement, with good films keeping audiences riveted for hours. While not every workplace video needs to be a major production, there are many simple lessons from Hollywood that you can apply in your work to make better videos.Read More
You’ve heard you should be making videos, but the reality is that there are barriers to starting and barriers to improving. What factors will most influence audio? What type of microphone or camera should you use? Can a training professional really use a cellphone to make a video? And what about adding lighting? What are the steps and tools you need to create effective and impactful learning videos?Read More
Interactive video for training and learning is an extremely beneficial method of engaging viewers and increasing knowledge transfer. Many people have heard of interactive video but might not know how to get started, the best practices, what’s possible, or how it works with tools they already use. This session will help companies and institutions add an engaging asset to their toolbox and be better informed in their video strategy planning.Read More
Chunking, bite-size, and micro: These are all terms you’ve seen in training magazines and blogs, but what does it mean to shorten the length of training content—specifically video? This session will explore what it takes to successfully implement an end-to-end microvideo strategy.Read More
Screencasting is a great way to deliver software training, but that’s not the only use for this approach to multimedia creation. What about using it to create internal production resources by documenting your own development processes? Or how about leveraging it to create other video resources, like a reusable eLearning asset library? There is a wide range of other uses for screencasting that you may never have thought of, and incorporating these uses can make a real difference in your daily workflow.Read More
Audiences today expect richer multimedia in their online experiences. As a result, it seems like producing videos, podcasts, animation, interactive video, or some other sort of multimedia is on every eLearning team’s mind. However, few are ready to launch into production without first building their knowledge about producing effective multimedia, much less submit a request for video and audio equipment or software without having a good plan in place.Read More
In recent years, the notion of leveraging video for streamlining learning has gained significant traction. For instance, in the flipped classroom approach, people watch short videos introducing them to the content before an in-person or virtual class experience, freeing up class time for them to apply the knowledge they’ve gained. However, successfully using this approach requires careful preparation and often demands that instructional designers, instructors, or facilitators master skills related to video production, involving a time commitment that can discourage these time-strapped L&D professionals from experimenting with this innovative technique.Read More
Few learners or teachers enjoy eLearning content or training presentations, mainly because they’re presented in a way that is dull and boring. Lots of text is for documents, but presentations with big pictures and a few words don’t work either, as they only provide a pretty backdrop. People are crying out for courseware that adds to what the presenter is saying, or eLearning that keeps the learner engaged.Read More
Stories have the power to move people. They allow the storyteller to forge a personal connection with the audience and create a situation where promoting learning and inspiration becomes infinitely easier. At their core, stories create a world where learners are interested, are engaged, and want to learn, which leads to higher retention of information and better understanding of concepts and ideas. But how do you design a good story?Read More
What separates amateur video from professionally shot and edited video presentations? Many in eLearning would be quick to blame small budgets and lack of equipment for less-than-professional video. However, the real problem is that many who shoot, composite, or produce video for learning aren’t visually literate. In other words, they don’t know the basics of visual design and how to apply it to the video medium.Read More
With a direct service delivery (DSD) national workforce that ranges from tenured employees to those just entering the workforce, Farmer Brothers—a national coffee roaster, wholesaler, and distributor—had to identify how to optimize, standardize, and streamline sales training across a diverse, geographically dispersed team. The company addressed how to preserve its legacy of great customer service while simultaneously upskilling employees’ ability to sell additional products.Read More
Many instructional designers and training specialists find themselves in the position of creating print-ready learning materials on short notice and no budget. Depending on available technologies, content knowledge, and access to a graphic designer, this can be a daunting task. Plus, most approaches used to create training-on-the-go are flat and forgettable. What if there’s another option for designing print-ready learning materials in a short amount of time for memorable learning?Read More
You have two weeks to create a course, and your subject matter expert wants it to be engaging. Your budget is $0 and you don’t have access to any multimedia tools. Are you and your team ready for the challenge?Read More
Many learning professionals are faced with limited and shrinking budgets, but at the same time, they’re expected to create professional audio and video. So how do you convince your management to let you build a recording studio?Read More
Hands-on exercises and scenario-based training are effective, but they can’t always do the whole job. Storytelling with documentaries can engage learners and give them the context they need in topic areas like policy, leadership approaches, and organizational history.Read More
You design or develop learning content, but you didn’t go to art school and you don’t have a visual design background. Before entering L&D you could barely create a PowerPoint that wasn’t just a bullet list with 800 words, and now you’re asked to create visually complex projects like eLearning, apps, eBooks, and more. You may have learned some basic design principles on your own, but you still know your visuals could use some more polish. So how do you get your visual design work from merely sufficient to great?Read More
Now, more than ever before, L&D professionals struggle to capture the attention and meet the high demands of the modern workplace learner. Technology continues to drive forward engaging and professional digital interactions, raising the expectations of today’s learners. Many training organizations aren’t producing content that meets this ever-increasing benchmark, resulting in dismissive and uninterested users. Luckily, there are many techniques that can aid learning professionals in creating these mesmerizing modules.Read More
When designing eLessons, you often have pictures to incorporate. And while it would be great to add some visual interest and effects to those images, you might think it’s not possible without a lot of time and a working knowledge of an expensive software like Photoshop.Read More