8 Tips for Using Video in Online Training [ HOW TO! ]
The use of video when teaching your own course online is without a shadow of a doubt the best way to deliver a course effectively to your students.
It’s the best form of medium that really draws the student in, maintains their concentration, keeps interest at a high and provides that fully engaging learning experience!
Just what you want!
The only problem is that not too many people know how to use video for online training correctly.
Well, not to worry
I have put together 8 awesome tips will help you deliver engaging, powerful learning videos that your students will love and keep coming back for more!
1. Get Some Practice in Beforehand
So, there are 2 ways you can do this, either:
Get in front of the camera OR Stand in front of a mirror
Now, you may feel silly at first doing this talking in the mirror or speaking down the camera to no-one but this is adding those essential building blocks so that you can see yourself actually teach and what you may need to do or stop doing.
Trust me! This will really improve your confidence and delivery.
Overtime, this will be an absolute doddle – it’ll just come 2nd nature to you!
As you’ve heard before practice makes perfect!
2. Have a Natural Posture
Imagine sitting watching a video of a person speaking about a certain subject and they start to get very figgity – hands are moving with quick sharp movements, body language is just completely off!
Wouldn’t that make it uncomfortable to watch?
I’d be concentrating on when the next sharp hand movement is rather than paying attention on the course content being taught!
This is something you want to completely avoid to the best of your ability.
So before you get in front of the camera and start teaching – take a few deep breathes!
Breathe in for 7 seconds and out for 4 seconds – do this a couple of times and you’ll feel your body loosen up and become more relaxed.
You’ll then develop a more natural posture and your body language will be more inviting and welcoming.
3. Speak Clearly & With Passion
There’s nothing worse than listening to a person speak with such a monotone and very dull speech.
It loses your interest almost straight away!
Even if you have a well-developed course, how you actually deliver it makes a massive impact.
So, when you are introducing yourself or teaching throughout speak with clarity and passion in your voice.
Let the student know that the person actually teaching the course is very passionate about what they are doing.
Best thing to do is speak with a slightly higher pitch – doesn’t need to be too high were you’re squeaking but just slightly higher than your normal day to day speech.
This creates a sense of welcoming and really lets the student know that you (the teacher) really think highly of them and actually want them here!
4. Don’t Hog The Screen
Even though one of the main reasons you would be getting in front of the camera is to show your students who is actually teaching the course – what you don’t want is to have too much screen time – solely focused on you!
Just think if you were learning a course and the entirety of it was solely focused on the teacher the entire time just talking.
It would get quite boring wouldn’t it?
No change of scenery, no change to onscreen content, no change of camera angles to zero in on specific teaching parts!
It would put people off who just would stop their learning and drop the course.
One of the best ways is to introduce yourself at the beginning and show yourself at the end of a lesson or course to recap.
If your teaching a subject that involved the computer – teaching Photoshop for example, you could use a screencast software to change up the scenery for the student.
If you’re teaching beginners how to play the guitar you could use different camera angles and zoom into specific chords to show them how to play more clearly.
Things like this will just make your course that bit more interesting!
5. Keep An Eye on Video Length
Video length is very important!
It should be just right were your students are getting all the information and skills they need but at the same time not be dragged out where your students lose interest.
I would say for brief introductions your video could be around 5 minutes
For tutorials your video could be around 10-20 minutes
For deeper learning videos it could be up to 30 minutes
Just make sure that you’re getting all the information in effectively and efficiently so that your students are more knowledgeable and come away satisfied.
6. Allow Your Students to Follow You Easily
Stay in line with your students
Make sure the content your teaching is firstly aimed at the right audience
There would be no point teaching advanced Yoga to beginners – it just isn’t right for them yet!
Secondly, teach your lessons like your teaching a complete beginner
Keep it slow, understandable and explain everything as you go along
Don’t rush ahead onto the next lesson or skip over something too quick because your students will end up lost in the woods.
Just keep it clear, concise and always with the student in mind!
7. Using Animations is Powerful
At the end of the day we’re all big kids are we not?
We love watching simplistic videos that are fun and quirky!
Adding animations to your videos is an excellent way of capturing your student’s attention and keeping their interest.
They really speak to our inner child and let us just watch with ease that requires minimal concentration but at the same time are very effective in learning.
Now, you don’t need your entire course to be made of animations but having a few here and there where it suits can make your course really engaging!
8. End With a Recap
Finally, always end with a recap after every lesson or at the end of the course.
It’s a great way of summarising all the content that has been taught and what the student can expect in the next lesson.
If it’s the end of your course, you have the opportunity to sell any other courses you have developed helping to increase your sales and income potential!
It just ties everything up in a nice neat bun and shows completion after each stage.
So these 8 top tips are a great way of using video in online training that is going to improve student retention, longer times spent on your course and will ultimately lead to greater sales!
If you have any questions, please drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you!