As instructional designers, we’re always looking to incorporate different types of multimedia in our courses. Presenting content in a variety of methods keeps it interesting and engaging for the learner, and videos are a great way to capture attention and render information visually. There are lots of different ways you can use videos in your e-learning. Let’s look at a few examples to spark your imagination!

Demonstrate a Task

Since videos are visual, they are perfect for demonstrating how to do a process or task. In most cases, it’s easier to learn by simply watching someone actually do a task than to try to visualize something we’ve never seen before while reading steps on a screen. Demonstrating how to do something is a classic teaching method. Here’s an example of a video that shows how to use an espresso machine:

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This next video demonstrates a medical procedure and also incorporates engaging pop-up questions throughout:

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Share a Screen Recording or Simulation

Videos are not only a useful way to demonstrate a physical task or activity, but they are also great for teaching employees how to use a website, application, or software system. Next time you’re building training for a system, create a screen recording or capture a software simulation. Your learners can use this to familiarize themselves with the new system or website. Here’s an example of a software simulation that lets learners click through the steps themselves:

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Let Learners Explore an Environment or Object

Another interesting use of video is to let learners explore an object or a location. This can be a meaningful way to familiarize learners with the layout of an office or their workspace. It can also be a useful method for learners to explore and learn about tools or hardware. Check out this example that lets you learn more about a piece of heavy equipment machinery:

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Use Stock Assets to Create Custom Videos

Creating your own custom video does not have to be difficult. In fact, you can create something really cool just by using stock images with an audio track recorded over top, like Trina Rimmer did in this example:

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Here’s another example of a stock video that was customized by adding a few elements on screen and an audio track:

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Video has never been easier to record, and there are endless options available in Content Library 360. Hopefully you’re feeling inspired by these four simple ways you can include video in your next course. Give it a try and leave us a comment to share how it went!

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