In a recent workshop on interactive video, some participants asked me what I thought of using webcam videos in corporate e-learning. While I haven’t done a lot with webcam video, I think it’s one of the easiest ways for designers to make existing courses more engaging.
Course introductions are a great place to start. Rather than narrate a slide of learning objectives and bullet points, try personalizing your intro with a webcam recording. Chapter and summary slides are also another way to integrate webcam videos into your courses. Once your storyboard is approved, you have the content you need to webcam one or more slides.
Though my workshop folks weren’t entirely sure video would work in their organizations, there sure was a lot of interest in it. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!
Challenge of the week
This week your challenge is to create a webcam video to introduce yourself and the types of e-learning projects you enjoy most.
This challenge is the third in our portfolio challenges. In previous challenges, you created interactive resumes and shared your e-learning portfolios. This week you'll record a video introduction and highlight some projects you've designed.
Your webcam video should include the following:
- Full webcam video
- Screen recording
- Lower third
You can set up your video anyway you like. Here are some possible ideas and examples:
Option 1: Short introduction
Open with full webcam and lower thirds to include your name and website. Switch to a PowerPoint slide with some info about you and your services.
Option 2: E-learning tips
Expand on the first option by showing us what you’re currently working on. Open a project and share a peek at a project or share an e-learning tip.
Option 3: Project overview
Share your e-learning portfolio and highlight one or more projects. Tell us about a project you worked on or an e-learning challenge you shared. Conclude with webcam and lower thirds.
You can use Articulate Replay (free) or any other video software to create and mix your webcam and screencast video.
Publishing your videos
You can embed your webcam videos in Articulate Studio or Articulate Storyline and share your project like any other course. Another option is to publish to a video hosting service like YouTube, Vimeo, or even Flickr.
Tempshare is another option. If you want to insert your webcam video into Storyline or Studio ‘13, you can post your files to Tempshare. Note: Tempshare only keeps projects for 10 days. If you need help hosting your project, send me a message through Heroes and I’ll help you out.
Share your e-learning work
- Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published project and blog post.
- Forums: Create your own thread in our E-Learning Heroes forums and share a link to your published demo.
- Personal blog: If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
- Twitter: If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.
- Facebook: Reply to this Facebook post with a link to your webcam video.
Here are a few articles on creating your own webcam videos with Articulate Replay.
Video tips and resources
Here are a few helpful resources for creating webcam videos. Please feel free to share your own tips and favorite resources in the comments below.
What you show is up to you. The challenge this week is to help get you started with webcam video. Have fun with it!
More About E-Learning Challenges
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.
Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help.