When you were learning to ride a bike, did you watch a quick video, answer some multiple choice questions, and call it good? Obviously not, but that’s how a lot of “video learning” is done.
Video certainly has its advantages over lectures and textbooks. It’s more engaging, it provides more information, it uses more modalities (sight, hearing, etc.), and the learner can adjust the pace to what suits them. But the power of video doesn’t stop there.
What if the learner created the video?
Instead of video being another passive mode of learning, it should be an active part of the learning process. By having the learner create the video, their learning processes are put into overdrive. No longer are they trying to absorb information. Instead, they are actively creating it. And as we all know, the best way to learn is to teach.
Learner-created videos for better training assessment
When managers watch a video made by their trainees, they get a much deeper insight into their trainees’ skills. They see exactly how the trainee holds tools, hear the confidence in their voice, and notice if they are following proper safety procedures. That cannot be done with passive video. Take this PPE video for example. You can see exactly how the trainee puts on their equipment.
Quick training refresh
If an employee needs to be reminded of a proper procedure or skill, there is no better reminder than their own video. Seeing their own video and hearing their own voice will trigger a memory response that is orders of magnitude stronger than reviewing passive material, much like our own pictures of famous landmarks trigger stronger memories than stock pictures.
So start thinking about turning video into an active mode of learning for your training. It will pay dividends.