Video is an absolute staple of the training industry, and for good reason — multimedia elements like video increase interest, improve engagement, and allow administrators to distribute information that they otherwise could not. But does this description truly qualify as “interactive”?
The Shortcomings of Static Video
While static video is an obvious choice that simulates and adds accessibility to traditional instruction from a lecturer, the outcomes of in-person learning are still beating those of static online training. Why is this?
Volunteers and staff who train by passively watching videos are not held accountable by an in-person instructor or by their peers. The static video format also lacks incentives to keep viewers engaged, meaning high-quality content is the only hope of holding their attention. This makes it easier for their minds to wander, often reducing the efficacy of the training material.
Thankfully, research and development of eLearning strategies are helping to bridge the gap between in-person and online formats. The development of online learning technology increasingly allows for the incorporation of interactive, social aspects of traditional learning that keep the user engaged with your content. Adding interactive components to video learning maintains the many benefits associated with online learning while incorporating successful elements and strategies from conventional training environments.
Interactivity Fosters Engagement
It is clear that interaction is the name of the game when it comes to keeping learners engaged with any sort of educational material. The inclusion of interactive features in video content fosters results for many reasons:
- People absorb and relate to information more easily when it is presented to them in a story-like format.
- Interactivity provides the learner with autonomy in making decisions that directly influence outcomes.
- Learners can receive instant feedback following the choices they make, solidifying information through the association of either a positive or negative outcome.
- Technological developments increase people’s thresholds for entertainment outside of the organization; adopting relevant technology within the organization generates interest.
Interactive video also incorporates other effective methods of training such as microlearning and repetition, making it a perfect recipe for improved learning outcomes.
Making Moves Toward Interactive Video
Remote Learner partnered with VidGrid earlier this year to help organizations enhance the online learning experiences of their staff. VidGrid’s platform is ultra-functional: users can view online trainings from any browser on any device, and trainers can record, upload, and edit videos directly on the platform.
Remote Learner’s partnership with VidGrid simplifies the incorporation of these strategies by seamlessly integrating interactive videos with your LMS. With help from Remote Learner’s experts, you can begin using interactive video to exceed your training goals.
You can learn more about driving user engagement by watching this webinar on the topic or by contacting us. We are experienced in formulating winning eLearning strategies tailored to meet each organization’s unique goals for training and development. Find out how we can help you deliver results that make an impact.