Friday, January 22, 2010

Video use in eLearning

I've been seeing a lot of blog posts recently about using video in your projects. One I particularly liked was from Jennifer Wrigley entitled "Top ten tips for using video effectively in e-learning" she makes some excellent points. I've been using video in the e-learning presentations that I've created when it seems appropriate and that it would add value. Different ways that I've used it is to add some humor to a dry presentation or to give a real life example of what is being discussed in the e-learning presentation. For example showing a video of a terrible meeting during an "Effective Meetings" training. Sometimes showing is better than saying and can provide a great deal more impact for your learner.

I also think that as the designer you have to use good judgement in deciding whether to use video at all and also what video is appropriate to use. You also have to make the decision if you want to use pre-made video which has become readily available through YouTube, Hulu, etc. or if you want to create the video yourself. The eLearning Brothers discussed this issue recently in their article "Instructional Design for Videos" and again provided some great information for those thinking about using videos in their presentations.

When creating your e-Learning presentations you have many different options and resources available to you. As with anything too much of a good thing can be bad so you have to maintain that balance. That balance provides for better courses, it also allows you as the designer to have more credibility as you are being smart and strategic in your use of the various resources to create the greatest impact. If you just throw everything available into a course it becomes a jumbled mess. Through the strategic and at times frugal use of your resources, especially video, you can leave your learners looking forward to taking more courses you create because they know that they will be interesting and informative and not a waste of their time.


  1. Kim, thanks for the post.
    One thing that I'd like to add it that there are many types of "video". A lot of times people think about actual video with a camera and people. However some of the easiest and at time effective video is a simple screen cast/recording of how to do something. I often search for "software how-to's" and watch a quick clip of someone walking me through the steps.

  2. Kim this is a really useful post, thank you for the resources.

    To add to the discussion, I use video in my teaching too, embedded in the keynote slides. Students like a media-rich lecture, and visuals really energize the class.

    We use video in another way too. A student videographer films the lectures, and another student edits them for online distribution. I post 20 minute ipod-ready "highlight" vids rather than full lecture captures. These on-demand and mobile learning objects are especially handy at exam time. You can see them here: