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Going Virtual? Training and Education Videos



The need for training is ongoing, it’s a learning journey shared by new employees, managers with 25 years’ service and anyone who wants to further their knowledge and skills. So in a time where everyone is busy, how do you bring in trainees and most importantly keep them engaged?


Well there are many ways to deliver training but we believe that all training sessions should have some element of video support. We have broken down the methods in to three different categories so we can highlight how video can help in each one.

TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM STYLE

The use of video in a classroom environment has been a staple for many years but do you remember the teachers rolling out the old VHS or DVD player? It may have broken up the lesson but to be honest the content was often boring, disengaging and

easily forgotten. In today’s world where content is, there is no reason that training videos should be putting people to sleep. If training providers really want their participants to learn effectively then it seems exciting content is the only way forward.

The classroom method is great when delivering content for a small amount of people and the videos can be used for many more training sessions to come. They can also be updated easily when needed.



E-LEARNING

Next we look at E-Learning, a method in which many businesses and education providers are turning to as it is more cost effective and more accessible – fitting in with the busy and complex lives of trainees. The use of video here can help break down

complex information with the use of animation, infographics and engaging visuals. This can help learners to retain the information more effectively.

Not everyone works well in a classroom environment so E-Learning can help support them and others who are unable to attend courses in person.



VIRTUAL

Now let’s talk about the world of virtual and how this immersive and experiential way of learning can help support trainees in retaining the information provided, let them ask questions without the fear of a crowded classroom and have the human touch E-Learning just cannot provide.



If it sounds like we are being a little biased here, that’s because we are. Video, whether played in a classroom or live, broadcast to thousands is helpful, but we want to show you how going virtual can help engagement in a more long-term cost effective way.


Here is a list of some of the possibilities using a virtual platform can provide:


· User engagement – asking peer reviewed questions without fear of a room full of people

· Cost effective for the trainee therefore the number of attendees can skyrocket

· Venue size is not an issue so your training can be delivered to thousands if needed

· Live discussion between trainers with a chance for trainees to give feedback

· Breakout rooms for discussion between groups

· The chance to conduct live demonstrations of equipment, software or best practices

· Accessibility for people with busy lives

· Accessibility for people with hearing or sight impairment

· Ability to support people struggling with language barriers


In conclusion we believe that videos with well thought out, engaging content can support people in their learning journey, helping them to retain more information. All methods of training have their advantages and disadvantages but we believe that in the modern world virtual learning is the way to go.

If you are a business or education provider then why not drop us a line and we can have a chat about how video and a dedicated virtual platform can help you deliver quality content to your learners.

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