Video is becoming one of the most popular formats for delivering online learning. This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s watched one of the thousands of tutorials being uploaded to sites like YouTube every day, but are videos good for more formal learning as well as how-to’s and instructions? Yes, in fact, Edudemic reports that 67% of teachers believe video lessons are very effective at educating students, and this is something that we strongly believe here at AVADO. Our online programs use a range of video types to engage our learners, including animations, interviews with experts and real-life scenarios.
|We aim to main these real-life scenario videos thought-provoking videos to bring the subject matter to life. A big part of what makes our videos engaging is humour and comic timing. That means a lot of planning! All our production ideas come from storyboards created by Instructional Designers (IDs) and script writers.|
These storyboards quite literally tell us everything that needs to be done – from scripts to props and venues to timings. The production team then turn these ideas into reality through blood, sweat and tripods!
To ensure that all the videos we produce are of top-notch quality, the production team follow a strict process. I have outlined the three main steps below:
Step 1: Interpreting and understanding the storyboards…
|This is the most vital step. We must ensure that we understand every aspect of the storyboard before we can start filming to guarantee that everything runs smoothly and that we create exactly what the IDs envisioned. We then book suitable actors (or bribe our colleagues), venues, and pencil in filming dates.|
Step 2: Setting up…
|This step requires great attention to detail. We have to ensure that all the equipment is set up and tested before the actors arrive to prevent any delays as our filming days are usually run back-to-back with a few assets being filmed on the same day. Not only do we need to set up the lights, camera, microphones and perfect scenes, we must also ensure that all scripts, props and costumes are ready for the actors beforehand.|
Step 3: Lights, camera, action…
|Filming isn’t always as straightforward as we’d like it to be. Although we plan well in advance, it’s always possible for things to go wrong. These hindrances can also effect the storyboards that the IDs create, meaning that ideas need to changed and adapted last minute – nothing a little improvisation can’t solve!|
When filming, we need to be wary of several things. The location, for example, is what makes or breaks the film. Picking the perfect location is a tricky task, a coffee shop may seem ideal for creating a laid-back-colleagues-chatting scene, however the background noise generated in a coffee shop would mean that the audio is poor quality and the student watching the video will struggle to understand the content. In this case, we would resort to filming in one of our meeting rooms where the background noise is kept to a minimum. This can be equally fun as we get to transform our own rooms into coffee shops!
Now you know how our videos get made, it’s time for a preview of the finished product! This clip’s from one of our HR courses:
Here’s what some of our learners think of our videos:
“I like videos and quiz questions.” – Agnieszka Sawicka, HR level 5
“The lessons are more engaging with a good mix of written, diagrams and videos which caters my learning style. I would get bored if I was told to just read all of the time.” – Joanne Shreeve, HR Level 5
“I work better with videos so they were great, especially the examples.” – Natalie Nkansah, HR5
Want to see for yourself? Take a look an example here: