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7 Best Practices For Creating the Perfect eLearning Videos

Creating the Perfect eLearning Videos - TeacherCast Guest Blog

You want to make a learning video for your students, so how do you make it less boring and more fun? This starts with the writing. You need to be able to write a script from boring points into something that is fun and easy to understand.

If you are not the creative type, we have some tips and practices that could help you create that great eLearning script for your video. If all else fails, work with someone who has good creative writing skills and a good understanding of what you want to be done.

Examples of boring versus fun

As an example, your video is on safety when lifting heavy objects. You can use a video that has slides of important points with some boring music and a narrator who speaks in monotone OR you can make it fun.

How do you make it fun? Use animation, create a couple characters, and have them talk about how to lift the object. Why this way is bad and this way is correct. Better yet, have the characters demonstrate the difference and what happens when you do it the wrong way. Show the ambulance arriving and the crew packing off the injured lifter, then go to a screen of the injured lifter in traction at the hospital.

As you can see there are creative ways to take boring to fun and yet still have the students learn the object of the lesson.

Best ways to ramp up the learning fun

Here are the best 7 ways to ramp up the fun when writing eLearning scripts to make your learning videos.

  • Start with the writing, instead of a boring dry do this don’t do this with bullet points, write a conversation. When you write your script keep your audience in mind, write for their age in a tone that is more of a one on one conversation. Instead of saying When you lift, lift with your knees, draw them in by saying Do you know why you lift with your knees or do you know what happens if you lift things the wrong way? Just remember to write for age appropriate and keep it conversational. You might start out with “Hey we should talk about ….” (What it is you want them to learn).
  • Keep it light. Would you rather have a heavy deep conversation or one that is light and has some humor in it? Think of it this way, do you go to a party and talk about the technical aspects of the game last night or do you describe the goal that was missed or the fumble of the football? Don’t you usually add in some humor to these stories? Sure you do and yet they get your point across; you can do the same thing with eLearning scripts.
  • Use animation. Animation from beloved Disney characters to adult characters like superheroes can help transport us to the wonderful world of entertainment and yet still teach us a lesson. Do not be afraid to use animation in your eLearning script, remember the example of lifting earlier and the ambulance coming to pick up the injured lifter? Yep you got it. The animated characters of lifters, an ambulance, and Emergency Technicians can be entertaining while teaching a valuable lesson on the correct way to lift without doing harm to your body.
  • Leave the big expensive words alone (unless it is a vocabulary lesson); who wants to have to look up a word in order to figure out what the lesson is about? Go back to keep it short, keep it plain too. If a 10 cent word will work for a $5.00 word, use the 10 cent word. If you keep it short and plain the more the audience will get what you are teaching them. This does not mean talk down to them like they are in kindergarten (unless of course, you are teaching kindergarten) keep it age appropriate, using big words is not necessary. You also do not need to go into needless detail with history or information that is not needed to learn what you are teaching.
  • Use vivid imagery. Which one of these is a better description: “The sky was dark” or “the sky was heavy with thick gray clouds that looked like they were about to burst open with rain any minute”. Vivid imagery and descriptions will bring your eLearning lesson to life. This will help your audience retain the information you are giving them much easier and much longer than boring bullet points.
  • Proofreading. The final step in the process is very important; you want to proofread your script to make sure the grammar and spelling are correct. If you are going to use a voice-over artist then you need to make sure punctuation is correct or there could be confusion. Truthfully it may be a good idea to have a fresh pair of eyes read over it and check the spelling and grammar for any fixes that need to be made. Also if necessary hire a professional editor to polish up your script and make it convey your lesson correctly with fun.

There is no reason your eLearning script cannot be engaging to your audience while being fun and allowing them to take away the lesson you are teaching. Just follow the tips here and keep editing until you have it right.

Patrick Cole is a passionate writer. He is also a contributing blogger for several websites. Patrick loves self-education and rock music. Connect with Patrick via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter

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