How to Create a Video Training Course?
Originally published on allpeers.com
Creating a video training course is a doubting task for many. Where to even start? When you break the process of how to create video training courses into steps, it becomes much more manageable. In this article, we will walk you through five steps that will let you create your video training course smoothly.
Step #1. Research Your Learners
Your very first step in creating video training courses should always be researching your learners. Start by making sure that the topic you want to cover is useful for them. Simply put, you want to make sure that your topic is something that your learners need. It should be one of their biggest challenges, ideally their primary challenge.
Then, research the type of content your learners prefer. What type of videos do they prefer? This lets you maximize engagement.
Step #2. Do a Cost Benefit Analysis
Next, it’s time to look at your budget and do a cost-benefit analysis. The good news is that if you want to keep costs low, there are plenty of great options. Start with the low-hanging fruit, which is content you already have on hand. For example, look at Zoom recordings or recordings of team meetings.
If that content doesn’t match the topic, take out your smartphone and start recording. Or create screen recordings with the free screen capture software such as Loom.
Step #3. Create an Outline and Script
As you create video training courses, you want to make an outline and script your training. We encourage you to think of the course as a book. You will want to look at the topic overall, then divide it into chapters. These chapters will serve as modules or videos within your course. This will fit perfectly with microlearning, which is the strategy we recommend. It gives your learners small, manageable bits.
But how do you break down the entire “book” into “chapters?” The formula is simple. Each video should start with an opening statement or introduction to the topic. Then, it should cover three to five main points, no more and no less. Finally, it should give an actionable transition to the next step in learning.
Step #4. Create the Video
If you don’t already have your videos from the second step, then now is the time to create videos. Remember that the videos should be in the style that your learners prefer and address their biggest challenge. Our favorite style of video content is lightboard video.
Step #5. Integrate Technology
Finally, you are ready to integrate technology, meaning putting your videos into whatever system you will use for distribution. Start by looking at the systems you already have. If you already use an LMS or another piece of tech that could work well, go for it. Just remember that you want to be able to host and distribute the videos on it. Some very low-cost (or free) options include Vimeo or YouTube. Remember that you can make the videos private and require a link to view them.
Learning how to create video training courses shouldn’t be overwhelming. The process is straightforward and can be divided into the above five steps. You may already have the video content you need for your course.
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