Video Interviews: Creating Interactive Experiences in E-Learning #94

Video Interviews in E-Learning #94: Challenge | Recap

Video interviews are a fantastic way to simulate interactive conversations between learners and subject matter experts (SMEs). Using text-based questions, simple interactivity, and short video clips, learners can “ask” questions and go directly to the video responses. 

In a previous challenge, we looked at ways branching audio scenarios could be used for interactive conversations. I’d like to build off  that challenge by exploring ways to create interactive experiences using video interviews. And I have the perfect project to inspire this week’s challenge.

Example: A Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen

Have you ever wanted to ask Sir Ian McKellen about Shakespeare’s Richard III? Well, now you can! Check out the following example to learn how video interviews can simulate the feeling of real conversations.

A Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen

A Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen

Keep Your Video Production Simple

One thing I really like about this project is its simplicity. The solid black background helps create an elegant and distraction-free setting.

Keep Your Video Production Simple

Get Your SME to Ask Learners What They Think

Video interviews don’t need to feel like a one-way conversation. Get your interviewee to ask learners what they think. Using text buttons, learners can choose their best response and branch to the appropriate video feedback.

Note: This is the same design approach you used in the Interactive Conversations #90 challenge to simulate conversations. The only difference this time is that you’re using video.

Get Your SME to Ask Learners What They Think

Using Looping Video Clips to Create Authenticity

Another technique used to simulate a real conversation is the brief lag between questions. If you don’t respond to a question in a timely manner, McKellen becomes impatient and asks you if you’re still there. It’s such a simple technique but it really works to create the sense you’re talking with someone.

Example: Interactive Video Interview

Here's a simple video interview I recorded with my daughter. I used an iPhone 5 to capture the audio and video and some background paper from Savage. The original idea was to keep make the pink paper fill the entire background but my kid moved around so much I had to cover part of the background.

Interactive Video Interview

Click here to view the video interview

Example: Two Truths and One Lie (Video Quiz)

This isn’t exactly an interview but the concept could easily be applied to interviews and learning more about someone. The primary videos are placed on the base layer while the video responses are placed on slide layers.

View Quiz: Two Truths and One Lie

View Quiz: Two Truths and One Lie

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to create an interactive video interview.

Interview Questions

Looking for interview questions to use in this week's challenge?

Try using the interview questions we used in the Podcast Challenge #39 or the interview questions from the How Do Instructional Designers Get Things Done #67 challenge.


Have a question about using video? Here are some resources that will help. If you have a specific question, let us know by posting in the forums or comments.



Last Week’s Challenge:

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Gaining Attention in E-Learning #93: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a video-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!

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Hi all, I really loved Dave's entry for Two Truths and a Lie, so using that inspiration I created this entry. I interviewed two expert book critics who I was lucky to have close by. I had some issues with the video though, and I just don't have any more time to look at this: 1. Everything is on one slide, with each video on a layer. I added triggers to Stop media when user clicks any of the other buttons to go to another layer/video, so the video wouldn't just keep playing. but it's not working, so if you click on another video while one is playing, you will hear both. I'll try to fix this in the next day, or so. They're pretty short videos though. 2. I have each video layer to reset to initial state on revisit and a trigger to start the video when timeline starts. When you vis... Expand

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