In a previous blog post we discussed five ways in which you can use video to enhance your online training courses. Seeing as theres 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.
You 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.
Use A Tripod
When recording yourself, its 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. Heres a tip Ive personally used in the past. Once you have a shot that you know youll 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.
Record With Good Mics
You can have the best camera and lighting setup in the world but if your learners have difficulty understanding you then its all for naught. Video cameras often have mics built in and these can serve you well if youre narrating a shot from behind the camera. However, they do have difficulty picking up sound, especially in a noisy environment. Thats why if youre looking at using a lot of video in your courses, then its worth the investment for a wireless mic system. It doesnt 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.
In 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.
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 theres certainly room for more. Was there anything I missed? What tips and tricks have you used when developing courses. Id like to know!