February 22, 2018
Ed offers many options for including video in your lessons. Today we’re going to talk about the various ways in which elearning video can be used on the Ed platform – either your own, or someone else’s – and how to optimize your videos to stream effortlessly to learners.
Consider using elearning video where regular knowledge transfer is normally used, but doesn’t quite get the message across. Keep in mind however that videos themselves are not interactive, and do require learners to be in a quiet environment, or to use headphones. Think about this when including videos – they may decrease learner engagement slightly, or at least delay learners from completing lessons until they can be in the right environment.
Videos shouldn’t ever be longer than 2 minutes – they should keep learners engaged, and get straight to the point. Cut out any introduction sequences, unnecessary b-roll or anything else that doesn’t fit the desired brief – being a concise, direct video.
It’s always important to back a video up with a reinforcement. Watch the video yourself and think about what the most pertinent points that need to be reinforced are – then design a reinforcement activity around this.
There are a few ways to include videos in Ed, however all of them require videos to be formatted the same way.
Data rate: Up to 1.85Mb/s
Resolution: Up to 1280×720
Data rate: <1.5Mb/s
Resolution: Up to 720×640
Use a program like Handbrake to convert your videos to this format. The Ed platform will automatically transcode any videos with a larger resolution than this to fit within these guidelines.
It’s a great idea to make your videos smaller if you’re aware that your learners are using slower connections or have limited download allowances (such as on mobile data connections).
Within the video slide template, you can choose from several options for presenting your video to learners. Here’s what they do:
Some of Ed’s templates allow you to use elearning videos within a question, including Multiple Choice, Multiple Choice: Image, Categorise, Connect and Rank.
This functionality allows you to include videos within a reinforcement themselves. This is particularly effective for shorter, 10-15 second videos, from which you can ask questions about their contents. The guidelines for compression of these videos is the same as other videos on the platform, as shown above.
To incorporate a YouTube elearning video in your lesson, copy everything after the equals sign in the URL, and paste it into the YouTube video ID field of the YouTube template, i.e. If the URL of the YouTube video you wanted to use was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WX58CZwyiU, you would paste in 4WX58CZwyiU to the YouTube video ID field. In the Vimeo template, you simply need to paste in the video ID to the Video ID field, found after the slash in the vimeo URL.
Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.