Why Online Videos are Ideal for E-Learning
Videos play a decisive role when it comes to e-learning. Meanwhile, they have prevailed against webinars and apps as they offer clear advantages in terms of further education and the exchange of knowledge as well as knowledge archiving. Read here, how and when to best integrate online videos into your e-learning program and how ViMP supports you in doing so!
Advantages of Online Videos
With online videos, measures for further education can be customized and adapted as required. On the one hand, big groups of employees can thus be trained at the same time; on the other hand, smaller groups with specific needs and (position) requirements can be specifically addressed with appropriately tailored online videos. With ViMP, you can directly address specific user roles for the respective learning unit. If required, employees determine their own pace at any time by stopping or fast-forwarding a learning unit, for them to never be either overburdened or bored, as it is often the case with face-to-face training measures. Videos can also be archived, which is for the benefit of the individual learning speed and the need for repetition. By this, the communicated knowledge also persists long-term and sustainably in the company, even if the respective producing employee is no longer working there – because every employee (with a corresponding role and authorization) can create learning videos and provide them to their colleagues. This ensures an interactive and efficient exchange of knowledge at all times.
But the range of variations of videos plays an important role, too: Both tutorials and explanatory videos as well as livestreams and broadcasts of events are possible. With ViMP e-learning extension, it is also possible to create your own video-based learning courses. Individual learning units can be supplemented by additional documents. Once the defined minimum number of points has been reached, additional certificates can be automatically sent when requested. But other functions, such as single-time playback or not to be able to pause a video, are possible, too. This ensures that the employee's focus is on the learning unit and that he is not distracted by Facebook, WhatsApp and Co. However, online videos are not only flexible in terms of content, but are also flexible regarding time and location. As a result, they are not only perfectly integrated into daily business, but also save time and money for meetings and travel for training purposes.
When to Best Use Online Videos
Based on these points, you already get a very good idea of whether online videos could be useful for your company or not. However, it is certainly necessary to evaluate and balance the costs (time and effort) and the benefits. However, videos in the learning and teaching sector are particularly useful when used as tutorials and explanatory videos. Complex technical processes can be displayed more simply, quickly and intelligibly – in contrast to a complex written instruction. This is an advantage in most industries, especially in technical enterprises, and can be provided in addition to learning videos. But sales training can also be easily and effectively communicated via online videos – this is ideal for companies with great external sales sectors. And, of course, educational institutions are the perfect home for online video in e-learning courses. In general, companies can benefit from e-learning via online videos once knowledge is to be communicated and exchanged.
How to Best Use Online Videos
At this point, the advantages and disadvantages should be understood as kind of a guideline on how online videos can be best used for e-learning purposes. It is crucial to design the content as individual as necessary, while making it as generalized and reusable as possible. In doing so, the characteristics of the company, the department or the team can be considered, but the videos can be used several times anyway. The ideal case would be for companies to get to the point where they can schedule monthly time quotas to provide employees with sufficient time and space to learn. By this, they could organize their work individually and according to their needs and will still have enough free resources for effective learning.
With ViMP, you have a variety of ways to run e-learning and share knowledge based on media: either use the built-in ViMP features or link ViMP to your Learning Management System (LMS). In the former case, you use ViMP as a kind of database for exchanging, managing and archiving knowledge. The media can be structured in different ways: via channels, albums, groups or categories. Media authorizations ensure that each employee can only access the material that is specifically intended for him. If you use the LMS extension, you can include videos in your learning courses and upload them directly to your LMS (e.g., ILIAS or Moodle). The possibilities of online videos are not limited. You know your employees best and can estimate which of these points are ideal for you and them – just try it!
 hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de: „mmb-Trendmonitor 2017 ‚Vom Corporate Learning zum Cyber Learning‘.“ https://hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/de/news/mmb-trendmonitor-2017-vom-corporate-learning-zum-cyber-learning (08.08.2017).