There are billions of  active users on YouTube, and every minute hours of video content is uploaded to this platform. With the advent of mobile devices, people are spending more and more time in watching videos – for entertainment as well as for learning. Adding video to eLearning courses is a sure way of increasing engagement as it combine texts, images and sounds to create an immersive learning environment.

So, if you’re looking into using more video in your eLearning  courses, here are few tips:

Keep the videos short: Long videos tend to get boring and the learners can start losing interest in the content. Unless you are making the video interactive, keep them short and focused on one concept at a time. The information grasping becomes easy when the video is less than 5 minutes long.

Use transcript.
Don’t assume that everyone will have sound cards or headphones. Provide transcripts for the videos which can make it easy to follow those even for differently-abled learners.

Use videos for scenarios and simulations.
Videos can be very well leveraged for creating immersive scenarios like “what to do” or “how to do” kind of situations. With the help of videos, it makes it easy to simulate a real-life situation.

Pay attention to file sizes.
Slow loading videos can cause a lot of frustration to learners. Consider creating a separate version for playing on low bandwidths. Use good compressors to reduce the size of the videos

If produced well and used strategically in the eLearning courses, videos can be great for learner engagement. Hope this article provides you some guidelines to get started.