Slide backgrounds are one of the easiest ways to create a sense of place and location in your course designs. Because backgrounds are the largest on-slide element, they help set the context for your learning content more than any other object.
So how can you improve on the perfect background? Try using full-screen videos as slide backgrounds.
Video Backgrounds in E-Learning
Video backgrounds are trending in web design right now.
Natural environments like offices, factories, classrooms, and other work spaces, help create a sense of authenticity. Like still photographs, videos can also add a sense of location and context to your slides.
Interactive Maps with Video Backgrounds
Cinemagraphs in E-Learning
Cinemagraphs are another option for creating animated slide backgrounds. Unlike videos, cinemagraphs are more like static photos that include a small area of looping animation.
This approach works well for e-learning because it reduces the amount of on-slide animation that helps create depth and richness.
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to show one or more ways video backgrounds can be used in e-learning courses.
You don’t need to build out a full course or demo this week. We’re only looking for single-slide examples that show background video or animation.
Resources for Royalty Free Videos
- Coverr offers free videos for your homepage or e-learning courses
- Pexels is another great resource for free stock videos
Tutorials and Articles
- How to Loop Audio or Video in Articulate Storyline
- 3 Uses of Cinemagraphs in E-Learning
- Learning to Create Cinemagraphs – What I Learned
- Pictures that Move: Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop, After Effects, Flixel, and Cliplets
- Design Better Quizzes Using Custom Background Images
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you get started on this week’s background video challenge, take a look at the video interviews your fellow community members shared over the past week:
Wishing you an animated week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to 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.