Best Tips on Creating Videos for Your eLearning Courses

When it comes to the consumption of online content, video reigns as one of the formats that’s preferred overall. Cisco predicts that by 2022, video will count for up to 82% of internet traffic as a whole. This is largely brought about by the speeds of the internet rising. Access to the internet is also becoming more ubiquitous.

There’s a lot of sensory engagement through video, without too much effort on the part of the viewer. 65% of Forrester’s customers utilize enterprise video solutions, according to their recent survey of video vendors. This helps them along in order to implement effective employee training. With all that said, it’s evident that videos play a key role in eLearning courses.

What are some of the best tips for creating videos for eLearning courses?

Choose the Format That’s Most Appropriate

It’s key for your video’s purpose to be established first according to your learning or training objectives. Immediately after that, it’s necessary to decide the format it will take on. There are several available formats, all with strengths that are unique. Depending on the course objectives, there are formats that will specifically suit them. It’s important to ensure that the format will be able to best deliver the message of your video to your audience.

  • Narrated Slides – One of the staples in the academic field, as well as in the corporate world, are slide presentations. They allow for ideas being presented in bite-size chunks, through a simple utility, in a straightforward manner. Generally, they act as materials that are supplemental for presenters either making a pitch or giving a lecture. Narration being added allows for a video to be slotted into an eLearning course. Both PowerPoint for Windows and Keynote for Mac comes with features built-in that will help you record audio with slides easily.
  • Presenter Video – Instructional video content can be made out of live training sessions when the latter are recorded. It can be plain or polished, depending on access to a video editor or editing skills. These are ideal for demonstrations necessary for practical, hands-on courses.

Make Sure Your Purpose of Your Video Is Clear

It’s crucial to brainstorm ideas as to your video’s content and creation. However, before anything else, it’s important to know why you’re making it in the first place. As an educational tool, videos are very powerful. There’s a resource cost that’s relatively high to consider, particularly if the production value wanted is professional-grade.

Some of the most typical reasons for making a video include:

  • Demonstrating a video visually for easy understanding
  • Highlighting why a certain issue is important
  • Making an easily-understood, digestible summary of a course/unit/module
  • Share a story that’s emotional/engaging which takes full advantage of the medium’s multi-sensory strengths

Have Correct Equipment

Make an investment into recording equipment that’s of the highest quality. That’s how quality videos will be produced. Aside from a video camera, another key piece of equipment is a good microphone. It’s crucial for video editing software to be considered in the budget as well.


Videos are an invaluable tool when it comes to eLearning courses. There needs to be preparation and thought put into them so they can serve their purpose. Important things to consider include having the correct equipment, knowing your purpose for making the video, and choosing the format that’s most appropriate.

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