Interactive Content Developers Guide for E-learning
Today, we watch and learn everything from videos. In these linear videos we watch, we can only interact with the videos by clicking the buttons such as pause, play, fast forward and rewind or watch again. Except for the features you can find in every such video, there are no options that you can impress and include in the videos.
In contrast to linear videos, interactive videos enable viewers to interact with videos through a variety of tools. You can add buttons, audio files, drawings, clickable areas and many other interaction tools in interactive videos, where you can answer and give feedback based on the answers given, and you can offer different experiences to your target audience.
In this way, interactive videos customize the viewers' experiences. As viewers experience this difference, you can more easily reveal the main idea of your interactive content. Thus, much more efficient training videos emerge.
Why interactive video instead of regular video
Normal videos have become highly preferred in training videos as videos enter our lives more and more. That's why today it always stands as an educational content option. However, regular videos are not interactive. When viewers are learning through regular videos, there are only two ways to interact; pausing or playing the video. Only these two options… These two options are the options available since the beginning of the video's history.
Sometimes the trainings to be prepared are not very short. It may not fit into a short video that is intended to be explained in the training. Or we may need to address many different topics in one training. Normal videos provide quite stable experiences to their viewers in such situations. A person who watches a long video for training may lose focus on the video after a while. In such cases, the advantages of interactive videos emerge. Because in interactive videos, designs can be made based on the strategy of keeping the audience focused throughout the entire video. How can we do this in a simple way? In the video, we can ask questions that offer the audience the opportunity to gather their focus at certain intervals, or we can make any selection within the video, and we can provide the video stream according to these choices. In this way, the viewer will feel that he can influence the video and will want to see how his choices affect the video.
At the same time, there is no way to question how successful the trainings taken in regular videos are. Interactive videos can query this in the video and verify whether the learning has taken place, even before the viewer leaves the video. If the verification has not taken place, they can send the viewer to any time of the video and have the viewer watch the video again and ask questions again in order for the learning to take place. In short, we can list the advantages of interactive videos for elearning over regular videos in this way.
Interactive video to make your education more successful
Videos have been used as the most popular educational apps for years. Today, the rate of mobile learning has also increased. For this reason, the use of videos is gradually increasing as it is a learning option that can be consumed in a short time.
Interactive videos provide many benefits in the field of elearning. The stagnation found in traditional videos is eliminated with interesting interactions. For example, it is possible to add a different atmosphere to training videos with examples such as "click to see now" or informative popups that you embed in your video.
Unlike traditional video trainings, it is much easier to check the people who receive training with exams or evaluations and measure the success of the training with interactive videos.
Through interactive videos, you can divide your videos into branches and let viewers see the effect of their choices on the video. It is possible to follow all these on the LMS.
Why is it important to prepare your own interactive content
When you prepare your own interactive content, all the content you create is completely shaped according to your wishes and thoughts. All materials you use in interactive content will be under your control. When this happens, it is much easier to change or edit the materials. At the same time, you can activate the content you want to reveal much faster.
Is it easy to prepare interactive content?
Creating interactive content is quite simple compared to the past thanks to the technological developments that have emerged. You can bring out the interactive content of your dreams with simple drag and drop tools.
Imagine creating interactive videos with Cinema8 drag and drop tools. All you have to do is drag and drop interaction tools over your regular video. To present the resulting interactive video to the people you want to receive training. Share this interactive video you have prepared either via LMS or via the video link.
It is possible to create courses by bringing together all these interactive videos. In this way, you can have the training series you prepared in front of the people who will receive the training in one go. In this way, people will be more involved in active learning and will experience more efficient educational processes.
So what can be done for elearning with interactive content? Let's look at how Cinema8 can be used for interactive videos.
Branched interactive videos
You can turn your videos into individual experiences with the choices you place in the training videos through interactive videos. With the choices you will make for the audience, each viewer will have a different experience in the interactive video and will be able to watch a different training stream.
One of the best ways to use branching in video tutorials is to make the viewers feel that their choices really change something in the video. In other words, when the audience sees that his choice affects the course and the end of the education, they will have a much more efficient training process.
For example, Yesilay has produced a film through Cinema8, in which high school students draw attention to substance use. Throughout the video, the audience has made decisions that they can choose, and the end of the movie is shaped according to the decisions they have made before.
In the training videos, pop-up menus can be used to quickly access some training tips or to go to any point in the video. Thanks to the visuals you will design, you can place collapsible areas in the video. You can place videos, images, articles or audio files in these pop-up areas.
Video On Video
It is possible to embed other training videos or normal videos into interactive videos. Let's say you want to use more than one video in your dream tutorial. One of them is the main video that you teach. Another is the explanatory video in which you explain our tutorial. Let's also assume that you have small videos in which you give information in the training apart from these two videos. In normal videos or non-interactive educational content, you would have to give all these videos to the viewer separately. In interactive content, you can show all these videos to the student. The viewer, who starts watching the main training, can access other videos through the buttons without leaving the video. Thus, time can be saved by combining two or more videos.
Video in Chapters
Adding chapters within videos will make it easier for many viewers. The student can master some of the titles in the training video. When she opens the video, she may just want to watch a specific area of the tutorial. In such cases, chapters in the video will help students. Chapters also provide a clue to the general flow within the video for students. A student who opens the Chapters area will be able to see all the titles in the video and master the video titles. In this way, it will be able to go to the desired title with a single click.
Feedbacks with audio or text
Interactive tutorials allow you to give audio or text feedback to students in education. Ask questions to your audience in interactive training. Check the answers of the users who answered your questions. Give reinforcing text feedback that congratulates your students for correct answers. If students chose wrong answers, it is possible to give feedback in the same way. Enter whatever feedback you want as text.
In interactive trainings, it is possible to add audio feedback for every action at any time. When the student clicks a button or answers a question, you can add the audio feedback you want to the video, and run the audio files when the action takes place.
Video stream based on the score collected
You can easily create a score collection system in interactive trainings. Cinema8 can assign points to every action. Imagine you've designed an educational stealth game. Assign points to each of the objects you keep. Give points to your students who find hidden objects and collect them. Determine the video stream based on the total score collected somewhere in the interactive training. For example, if the collected score is over 50, go to the final 1. If the collected score is below 50, go to the final 2, like… Cinema8 supports all of these.
Allowing your students to choose their own path with the points they collect in your interactive education will provide an individual learning experience for students. You can direct the students who get below the score you set to the points where they can get extra information about the subjects and complete their missing information. Thus, the experience of each student will be different in interactive content.
Questions and exams have always been a part of the educational content. They also play an important role in interactive content. Quizzes are some of the main methods always used to test students' knowledge and determine their level. Using the questions, you can determine how successful your students are in interactive training.
We have been preparing test questions for years. With these tests, we determine the levels of the students and prepare flows accordingly. By using different question types in Cinema8, you can prepare quizzes for your students and determine their levels in much more detail through different question types. With Cinema8, you can embed quizzes into your educational content by using methods such as single-answer questions, questions with more than one correct answer, gap-filling, and taking video or audio recordings from students.
Cinema8 allows you to add subtitles to your training videos. You may ask why it would be important to add subtitles to video tutorials.
Subtitles are very useful for those with hearing difficulties today. Apart from this, some students can also absorb the content of the education by reading. Subtitles should be used for such students.
At the same time, subtitles will be a convenience for your audience who want to watch your trainings in different languages.
Educational contents can be prepared on any subject. Simulations also allow people to try actions that are difficult to try in real life. For example, imagine that the inside of a wind turbine needs to be introduced, trained. The person who needs training may not have the opportunity to go to that turbine. Or there may be safety rules that he should learn before he gets to the wind turbine. It is possible to experience all of these through interactive simulations to be prepared. In this way, you can easily control an action that is difficult to experience in real life with your students through simulation.
Apart from activities that are hard to experience physically, simulations can also be designed around communication. For example, you can demonstrate through simulations how the student will communicate with a client or respond to a potential problem. Here, you will have the limitless experience opportunity of simulation. Because the whole flow of interactive content belongs to you and you can show all kinds of dialogue that your student is likely to experience in a single interactive education. The student who tries the simulation will be more experienced when faced with these situations in real life and will give answers accordingly.
Games attract all of us. Games that you create through interactive content can be a good way to convey an educational flow to the student. Do this either by designing a hidden object game or as card games. Just collect the attention and energy of the student to be trained in interactive content.
Use SCORM packages
SCORM packages consist of standards determined so that the content you produce can work in harmony with LMS or different educational software. You can easily use the SCORM packages of your content in LMS or educational software.
Cinema8 offers you the opportunity to receive SCORM packages of the interactive videos you have prepared. You can integrate the packages you have received into LMS or different educational software and assign content. At the same time, Cinema8 does not need SCORM export again after the changes you make in the interactive video. Make any changes you want in your interactive videos. You do not need to change or renew the SCORM package you have installed on the LMS or a different educational software. Once you have uploaded the SCORM package, it continues to be used no matter how many changes you make in the interactive video.
Use data with Analytics
Data has a very important place today. The data now helps us determine the next moves. The data also shows us our mistakes in past content. Which interactive content was successful at which point, which point was not understood by the student, the answers are questions that easily come up with data. Apart from these, interactive content analytics screens actually create a status report by displaying information such as which viewer watched the video and which buttons clicked. As Cinema8, we keep detailed data of interactive content and present them to our customers. You can access many details of your interactive videos with Cinema8 analytics.
Collect detailed information of interaction tools in your videos
With this feature, you can access all detailed data of elements such as questions, buttons, images or videos that you add to your interactive content. It's easy to see which viewer has clicked which button or which video.
See how many times your videos have been watched again
Cinema8 Analytics simply shows you how many repetitions your videos were watched. Using this data, you can figure out how clear your videos are. An interactive content that is unreasonable to watch over and over, perhaps too many repetitions have been watched. In such cases, you can notice and edit content issues.
What percentage of your videos are watched, find out
It can be an important point to see what percentage of your interactive content is watched. If your content is slightly under-watched, you may be making mistakes in some places. Maybe your content is too long...
Which browsers your viewers use the most
Cinema8 analytics gives you the information on which browser or operating system the viewers of your interactive content use the most. With this information, you can learn from which devices you are most watched. If you have a lot of views on mobile devices, you can organize your videos accordingly and shape your interactive content accordingly.
Maybe you have a fan on the other side of the world
Cinema8 Analytics lists the countries that watch your interactive content the most. Maybe your content is followed in a country you never imagined. In this way, you can prepare interactive content specific to that country. You can even add subtitles to some of your content according to the countries you are most watched over.