Adding videos to your elearns. The quest for harmony.

We all know the benefits of Video when it comes to elearning and we see many uses:

  • Video can frame up key concepts in an enjoyable and digestible format for our learners. For example, welcome videos are a simple means to providing learners with some context around the subject-matter being explored.
  • Videos are neat way to narrate a story. It puts a face to that name we don’t get with Voice Overs.
  • Videos are transferable. Whilst video is embedded in an elearning module, it may also have other uses depending on the content.
  • Animated video is a really interactive way of demonstrating sticky content in a fun and engaging format.
  • Pilot and reporting on online learning modules
  • Ongoing support and maintenance

In a perfect scenario, organisations would be supported in delivering each of the aforementioned benefits, hassle-free. They aren’t.

What are the considerations in the quest to achieve optimal video performance?

The most manageable roadblocks and considerations to the successful use of video are:

Bandwidth: Will 5G save us all?

LMS data limits:What is the upload limit on your LMS?

Video Player/Window size Are all objects/text viewable within the set size of the Video Player/window?

Accessibility:The use of video may be limiting to some learners. How will you assist them?

What can you do about it?

The following tips might help you overcome each of those hurdles:

Bandwidth: Work with your IT department to understand your bandwidth limits and peak/off-peak times. In large complex organisations, your elearning video will be pretty low on the chain when it comes to allocating bandwidth resources. Lobbying to change this may be uneventful so at least attempt to understand the bandwidth situation you are dealing with. From there you can consider making comprises on video quality to meet those requirements.

LMS data limits: Some organisations set LMS upload limits as small as 50 megs. This makes it almost impossible to include full videos that are packaged within the content. These situations present an opportunity to stream the video from a secure video-hosting service. If you lack an internal video hosting option, your elearning (or video) provider should be able to help you with one.

Video Player/Window size: If you’re thinking about presenting a full screen simulation in a window that is half that size….Don’t! Learners are likely to pull all sorts of scrawny faces trying to work out what is being displayed. Consider the use of Captivate and other simulation capturing tools to ensure that an optimal resolution is achieved.

Accessibility: This one shouldn’t really be a hurdle, just follow the principles of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Use of ‘Closed Captions’ is a no brainer as you should already be doing that to accompany your audio. The option to read the full video script is also an option. Some of the accessibility limitations of elearning in its own right may call for an alternative learning intervention to ensure that all learners are catered for.

These are very simple solutions to some very common and complex problems. You can always approach your elearning provider as to how to go about it. Nothing will surprise them when it comes to troubleshooting the management of videos in elearning.