9 Steps to Successfully Create Video Training
If you’re looking for our 9-step recommendation, jump to: “What Do We Recommend” below.
Especially today, people are making video of processes and procedures in order to train their remote workforce. Let’s quickly touch on the two main types of training videos to be on the same page.
Types of Training Videos
- Online recorded calls or webinars: This convenient method allows your team to replay what went on during the call, with the chance to pause and ponder certain key points.
- Traditional training video: This is your regularly recorded video, recorded using a camera (phone, DSLR, video camera, drone, etc.), containing steps and procedure information.
How Not to Use Training Videos (a story…)
I had started a job I couldn’t wait to start. I showed up, and my first day of on-the-job training turned out to be the biggest snoozer of my life.
They sat me down in front of a portable DVD player, gave me a stockpile of DVDs, and said to watch them. Six (yes, six) hours later, I was not only bored, but overwhelmed.
I’m not sure anyone should watch a six-hour movie marathon without discussion in between. Well, maybe a movie, but training videos?
Here’s what was good: I was given the worksheets that corresponded with the videos to follow along. But:
- In between videos, there was no one to ask questions
- No one came to verify my progress
- At the end of that first day, I went home with a bunch of information that I was supposed to know the next day, but let’s be real. I had received a massive overload of topics in six hours and no one to confirm questions I had on the content.
- Worst of all, I felt like no one cared
Why Does This Story Matter?
We are headed to being a virtual society of sorts. But we can’t go to the future without looking at the “room for improvement” of today. Before we can fully move into virtual reality training and AI training, let’s pay attention to our current forms of training, and make sure we don’t leave the learner behind.
At the end of the day, somebody (of flesh and blood) will have to establish the first line of training in the virtual future. Let’s make sure we do it right by:
- Checking in on your learner.
- Being there for questions.
- Not assuming we’re machines that can take up six hours of training videos without losing our minds.
Does Training Video Quality Help?
Absolutely. Video quality and good content will give you an uptick on the engagement scale. But at one point, no matter how well a training video is done, showing your learner attention, being there to play out scenarios and answer questions, may be more significant than you think.
How Did it Turn Out?
If you’re wondering, I did talk to my manager about it the next day. She apologized profusely that training had gone as such. She assured me it would never happen again, and it never did. Mainly because we both agreed this was a good exercise on “what not to do.”
What Do We Recommend?
OK, here we go. If you’re looking to create video training, we suggest the following:
- Write the training materials for your video. For example: “12 Steps to Wash your Hands.” Have those steps written and designed to hand out.
- Write a script for your video (according to #1). If you need to, draw a storyboard to help you visualize the finished product. If this is a recorded call, ensure you know what you’ll be presenting (according to #1).
- Record the video or call (edit if possible or needed).
- When you’re ready with the video and materials, present them to your audience.
- Have your learners watch the video and work on the materials.
- Be available for questions.
- Direct your learners to have a discussion about their answers.
- Be available for questions.
- Ask for feedback from your learner on your training videos to improve, as needed.
Hot Tip 1: If you think you’ll want to do multiple videos on the same topic, you may think about micro learning.
Hot Tip 2: Video training isn’t necessarily eLearning. These are two separate capacities with different characteristics, but that continuously join forces in Learning and Development.
Who Are We?
We are Miranda Park Learning, your instructional design services and video training experts. When you’re ready to make excellent training videos for your team, contact Cassy Huidobro at 720-722-9998 or via email at [email protected].
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