When it comes to effective online training, videos play a critical role in achieving success. Videos have emerged as an indispensable part of impactful training programs, thanks to the human brain’s preference for visual content.
As a result, adding videos to the training curriculum is becoming increasingly easy. With online training software adding more and more abilities that allow learning administrators to use videos in their training, there are no excuses left to not take advantage of the benefits of video based training.
However, in order to enjoy the benefits of video training, it is important to first understand the different kinds of training videos, their unique benefits, and their use case scenarios.
In this article, we will be elaborating on the same. Without further delay, let us jump right into it:
A screencast is a digital video recording of a computer/mobile device screen which is usually coupled with audio narration. Screencasts are low investment training videos that can be used to practically explain the functions of a computer program.
Since screencasts mostly deal with computer application related problems, their lifespan is only as long as there are no updates to the computer program. However, since these are so easy and pocket-friendly to create, short screencast videos are an effective training tool.
Recorded lectures are a great way to communicate information in a classroom-style manner. One of the best examples of recorded lectures is the collection of TedX talks that one can find on YouTube.
With that said, recorded lectures don’t always need to be as professionally recorded and edited as TedX talks. Depending on the concepts/subjects being explained in the recorded lectures, sometimes just audio recording of a lecture will suffice. On the other hand, for complex subjects/concepts, a video recording of the lecture that records the instructor, the slides that they are talking about, and even the whiteboard (if they are using one) must be part of the video.
Recorded lectures are usually used to make the lesson available to learners that were unable to attend the actual lecture. However, they are now being also used as part of regular training curriculum.
Demo videos are used to demonstrate the use of specific products. Demo videos aren’t just great for teaching employees about various products, but also work very well for customer education. With demo videos, it is very easy to show the safe way of using a product. Demo videos are also great for showing what NOT to do while using a specific product.
While it is true that the instructions provided by demo videos can also be communicated
These videos are popularly used in compliance training courses that demonstrate a safe code of conduct for professionals working in various industries.
Microlearning is the practice of breaking down lengthy lessons into focused, bite-sized lessons. Microlearning has been proven to improve learner engagement, while also boosting retention and comprehension levels.
Micro videos are simply such small and focussed lessons presented in the form of a short video. Such videos are mostly shorter than 90-seconds in length and address the rapidly diminishing attention spans of modern learners.
The most effective way to use micro videos for employee training is to create a micro video series that concentrates on explaining the different aspects of a complex concept. This way, you will be able to communicate the same information that is otherwise explained with a long video, while ensuring better engagement of the learners.
These were our four favorite training video types. However, this list is not exhaustive by any measure.
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