5 More Tips When Using Video With Your Online Training Course

5 More Tips When Using Video With Your Online Training Course

In a previous blog post we discussed five ways in which you can use video to enhance your online training courses. Seeing as there’s even more ways that video can help your course connect with your learners, why should we stop at just the initial five.

Here are five more tips that will take your online course development to the next level.

  1. Storyboard

    Online Training VideoYou should take the same care for your video recordings that you put into your course itself. With that in mind, there needs to be some preparation before you even hit the record button on the camera. You can even use the same techniques that the pros do and storyboard your shots before the camera starts. Storyboarding is an important technique in many aspects of elearning development, not just video. Developing a complex scenario-driven course also benefits from this type of preparedness.

  2. Use A Tripod

    Online Training VideoWhen recording yourself, it’s imperative that you set up your shots in advance. You need to make sure you’re framed close enough that you can be seen clearly but not too close that it becomes unnerving to the audience. Here’s a tip I’ve personally used in the past. Once you have a shot that you know you’ll be using often, print it on paper as reference. That way when you need to set the shot up again it will be consistent with the ones before it. Also, even the steadiest hand is no replacement for a tripod when recording a person. If video is something that you can see yourself using in several courses in the future then a tripod is absolutely worth the investment.

  3. Record With Good Mics

    Online Training VideoYou can have the best camera and lighting setup in the world but if your learners have difficulty understanding you then it’s all for naught. Video camera’s often have mics built in and these can serve you well if you’re narrating a shot from behind the camera. However, they do have difficulty picking up sound, especially in a noisy environment. That’s why if you’re looking at using a lot of video in your courses, then it’s worth the investment for a wireless mic system. It doesn’t necessarily need to be as high-end as the ones that newscasters use however there are a variety of different models with different price ranges that could fit your budget.

  4. Film Anywhere!

    Online Training VideoIn the cases where you need to film B-roll (supplementary footage intercut with the main footage), why not use the tool you carry on you all the time? Even I have taken for granted how good the camera is within my own smartphone. Most phones these days can record in high-definition format and have a great picture.

  5. Record Your Events

    If you have the opportunity to do so, have yourself filmed at an event. There could be an opportunity to use the footage in the future whether edited in a course, or even using it as an audio or video podcast that your learners can use to supplement their learning.

Video is a great tool that you can use in your courses to take it to the next level. These tips might not stop here and there’s certainly room for more. Was there anything I missed? What tips and tricks have you used when developing courses. I’d like to know!

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