Interactive DVD training is more common than you’d think.
For many companies it’s the distance learning choice, eg, retailers. multi-site manufacturers and others.
This is because interactivity through quizzes & questions validates the learning received – all in one session.
So a new staff member or contractor can quickly & efficiently:
> watch a DVD
> learn what’s expected of them
> complete an interactive test that demonstrates their understanding is sufficient for the job in hand.
But producing an interactive DVD is more complex than you might suspect.
At its simplest we could say that 20 questions, with 3 possible answers each, adds up to 60 possible routes through to completion.
I’d like to briefly explain the interactive DVD production process, and why you should use interactive DVD to train your workforce.
Preparation – Flow Chart
Creating a systematic and faultless DVD build can take days to program and deliver to a client, not the few hours that most people could imagine.
Part of the DVD production process is flowchart planning.
Deciding how to structure each interactive graphic screen – and each section of video – is vital before you even go into a DVD building program.
This pays off when the client final approval stage is flawless – reducing additional costs and time spent on the project.
With large projects flowcharts can expand rapidly and out of control if you’re not careful.
Here you can see an example of a ordinary flowchart for a 30 minute training program.
Even the ordinary and obvious programs require a degree of complexity.
You can see multiple graphic screens each linking to the correct button or option for the viewer to select – this is how it works – for example:
> A video is played explaining a particular topic
> A graphic screen appears with a question and multiple choice answers
> If the correct answer is selected a tick will appear
> If the wrong answer is selected the correct answer appears reinforcing the right procedure.
There are many different styles and options available to deliver the right message in an engaging way to employees. What I’m showing is simply one way to do it.
The questions and answers can even be voiced by a professional voiceover artist or presenter.
The system can make people go back if they get a question wrong.
In addition the whole process requires a thorough art concept – so brand and company image have to be considered.
Once built, all the programming needs to be rigorously tested.
This means previewing every link and watching through hours of content ensuring it all fits perfectly.
This is vital – if one link going to the wrong place isn’t noticed, then a 1000 copies of faulty DVDs is an expensive and unexpected cost.
Why use interactive DVD
Professional graphic question screens break the flow after watching a chunk of video.
The questions themselves also need to avoid being a difficult test for the viewer – so the quizzes are spread into small chunks rather than a large test at the end.
Paper tick-sheets are old fashioned and can get easily lost in an endless amount of paperwork in the workplace.
Having your training in a digital format like this ensures everything is in one place for people to watch, learn and interact.
As a business, you’re covered from a legal standpoint – it is clear that what is taught is taught well, consistently and company-wide – and validated.
Training without validation isn’t training.
In fact it hinders – you could get staff doing their work wrongly or unsafely.
So we allow the time to be thorough – it’s a critical aspect of interactive DVD building.
The questions you ask your trainees need to be considered carefully by the client, of course with help from the DVD builder.
There is a 3 stage approval for questions – text – graphic – video.
> A simple text document with the questions and answers written by a professional script writer
> A graphical representation of the questions.
> A copy of the final DVD along with the video content – it’s great to see the final media all blended together.
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