Explainer videos – what do I need to know?

Videos for training have become very popular. They’re liked by the people who watch them, they’re effective and needn’t be expensive. But if you’re considering using training videos for employees, what should you be looking out for?

In this blog we’ll look at what are sometimes called explainer videos. These are a far cry from […]

Explainer videos – what do I need to know?2021-07-05T06:24:17+00:00

User Engagement (an old story)

I love this story about Mrs Goldburg. I first came across it in 1989 when I attended a workshop given by Richard Andersen at S.I.T. in Brattleboro, Vermont.

For me, it says so much about user engagement, and so much about what is misunderstood about engagement. The technique he describes won’t apply to every situation, but […]

User Engagement (an old story)2020-07-06T10:10:09+00:00

Adaptive Streaming – It’s the way YouTube works

We made a video which explains how adaptive streaming works. You can watch it here, or read about it below.

People often worry about using videos for training as they are mindful that video files can be very big, consume bandwidth and sometimes deliver jerky results. All of this can be true, but […]

Adaptive Streaming – It’s the way YouTube works2021-07-07T08:20:03+00:00

Good things can be used for bad purposes

Why is it that when there’s something that’s relatively new, and the motivation behind it is to make things better, it’s often turned around and used in a pernicious way?

We all have unconscious biases. Ideas that we have formed from the world around us, stored in our unconscious mind, where they are put into […]

Good things can be used for bad purposes2021-07-05T06:25:11+00:00

Working from home… without falling out of windows

Update

This blog was written at the beginning of lockdown when people had just started working from home. Since then, there has been and increase in phishing emails (Spotting Phishing Emails video) and ransomware attacks (ransomware video) many of which have been COVID-19 related.

There is also a move […]

Working from home… without falling out of windows2021-07-08T11:43:51+00:00

Making Compliance Training Relevant

Very often it seems that the tone of compliance training is about what the company needs from its employees.  Perhaps it would be more effective to say :

‘This is a life skill that will help you, wherever you are, whatever you do and whoever you’re with’.

Compliance training isn’t generally well liked. It’s often quite […]

Making Compliance Training Relevant2021-07-08T11:43:08+00:00

Learning Objectives – Knowledge, Skills, Attitude and Awareness

People always seem to be looking for the next big thing which is going to turn learning around and make everyone fall in love with it. That isn’t going to happen.

But it is possible to get a better idea of what you’re trying to achieve from learning materials by thinking in terms […]

Learning Objectives – Knowledge, Skills, Attitude and Awareness2021-07-08T11:42:36+00:00

5 Great Reasons to Use Captions on Your Videos – updated

A while back we wrote a short blog about why it’s important to add captions to videos. Here are the five reasons we gave then with more detail.

It’s the right thing to do – it includes rather than excludes people

Sometimes called the moral argument – we should make anything that’s published as accessible as possible. About […]

5 Great Reasons to Use Captions on Your Videos – updated2021-07-08T11:42:02+00:00

What to look for in training videos

Videos are a popular medium for training, but not all videos are equal.  Here’s our quick overview of what we consider important when thinking of using training videos in your training offering.

Length

People often say that training, or explainer, videos should be three minutes or less. However, much of the information on video length and engagement […]

What to look for in training videos2021-07-08T11:41:12+00:00
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