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.
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.
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.
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: Years for Seconds
Move beyond the simple backdrop and shoot your video interview on location. Using predefined questions for each athlete, the video interviews take place in the locker rooms.
Unlike the McKellen interview, the athletes never speak directly to the camera. Instead, the interview questions are laid over video footage of the athletes engaged in various activities. Separating the audio and video recordings is a great option if you’re expecting frequent updates.
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.
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to create an interactive video interview.
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.
- How to Create Interactive Video Quizzes in E-Learning
- 3 Things You Need to Know About Using Video in Articulate Storyline
- Adding Videos in Storyline 2
- Editing Videos in Storyline 2
Last Week’s Challenge:
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Wishing you a video-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!
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