This week, I tuned into ABC Radio to hear the marvellous Jean Kitson discussing the importance of educating staff about the challenges of menopause in the workplace – this being one of the last workplace taboos. Why? Because it’s very likely that some of the senior and valuable members of any given organisation may be experiencing the challenging symptoms of menopause and what looks like a person flustered and not in control of the agenda is just a person undergoing a normal and healthy process.

As a society, we have gone some way to breaking down social stigmas and prejudices around gender, sexuality and mental illness but for women experiencing menopause, this can still be an isolating and embarrassing experience. Education is an essential step toward understanding and a supportive workplace means happy and productive staff.

As developers of an online learning tool VidVersity, we want to empower organisations to easily create content within and for their organisations. Health and well-being topics are ideally suited to an online, interactive format. This enables content to be curated in a sensitive way and widely delivered within an organisation.

Video your staff sharing their personal experiences, video experts talking about how individuals are affected by anxiety, depression, pregnancy, menopause, divorce and separation.

Record your senior staff members and your HR team discussing how the organisation supports the staff. Edit the video into easily accessible chapters. Add resources such as web links, printable notes and links to external resources. Provide the opportunity for anonymous user surveys at the end of the course. And remember, the VidVersity platform is designed so even the non-technically minded can utilise it and course content can be created in a matter of hours.

Provide this as part of your annual health and well-being programme, as part of your induction programme or just as a readily accessible resource.

It’s so easy to create this content using video and to deliver this to your staff within your Learning Management System or by simply using a shareable link.

So next time, a woman is looking a little hot and bothered in a meeting, rest assured, she’s not flustered about the meeting, she has that covered. She just might need the air-conditioning on! A little education and understanding will go a long way.


Use video elearning in your business to flip the classroom

If you are looking for new ways of engaging your learners, particularly in the corporate environment, we can recommend spending 20 minutes checking out Salman Khan’s Ted Talk, “Let’s use video to reinvent education”.

Khan talks about the power of video in teaching and the concept of ‘flipping the classroom’ by using technology to deliver self paced learning BEFORE the class even begins. The teacher comes to class having looked at the analytics of each student’s online learning; where they got stuck, where they needed to go back and review and where they made mistakes.  The live classroom then becomes a very different place. The moment the teacher walks in, he or she knows exactly what the challenges are for each student.

If you’ve ever struggled with High School maths, you know that a small gap in understanding will compound over time.  You can’t simply move on and hope that little gap will make no difference. Khan talks about this as being crucial to success in learning by ensuring each student fully understands each level of learning before progressing to the next.

Let’s apply this to adult learning in a corporate environment.  Offering elearning to adults before a session enables the subsequent live session to be of much greater value.  Learners are all coming to the session on an even footing without embarrassment and are then ready to engage in the next level of learning.

Khan looks at what you are doing with your ‘human time’.  Have a look at your live learning program and how you could use technology to enhance the live experience.  In the corporate environment, there is huge scope for ‘blended’ learning. Use technology to support your live sessions.   Create content which provides the preparatory framework for your session. Introduce your topic, provide the resources and background information.  All your staff then attend the session on the same footing. The live session can then be used to analyse and build on that online framework. Use role play, discussion, analysis, then capture that session and add to the initial online resource.   

The VidVersity course creation tool uses video to create content quickly and easily.  So it also means a live session can be edited and added to the background content to create an ongoing reference and resource for staff.  Contact us to access a trial version of the tool to see how you can introduce video based learning to your team.

When it comes to capturing and holding attention, video is by far the most effective medium out there today. Videos play an instrumental role in helping us break down complex materials and ideas into digestible bites, and they often do so in a visually appealing way.

In regards to learning, videos help reduce reading time and boost overall retention and engagement, and the more interactive the video is, the better the results tend to be. In fact, interactive videos transform the learning experience from a one-way communication to that of an exchange, with the learner taking on a much more active role.

We’ve already discussed how video is making an impact in the classroom for students and teachers alike. Now let’s look at how interactive video is leaving its mark on the corporate world.

  1. Improved Corporate Training

First and foremost, similar to how interactive video is transforming education in general, it’s helping companies improve their corporate training processes and systems as well. Specifically, interactive video changes the way content is delivered, making it more immersive and engaging.

At the same time, this allows for greater standardisation, intelligence gathering, and feedback as well. For larger organizations, in particular, the potential for interactive video to improve learning and deliver efficiency savings is huge.

  1. Engaging, Story-Driven Marketing

Interactive video is quickly making its way into the marketing space as well. In fact, in a 2015 survey conducted by Animoto, an animated video maker tool, it was discovered that four times as many consumers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it.

Also, according to the same survey, one in four consumers actually lose interest in a company if it doesn’t have a video they can consume.

Interactive, story-based videos give consumers the ability to engage with the company’s brand on a whole new level. Choose your own adventure-style content, for example, offers up a multi-layer storytelling ability, so a company can interact with users in a visually appealing way.

  1. Increased Click-Through Rates & Sales

Another big use case for interactive video in business is more direct sales. Not only can a company tell an engaging story about its products through this interactive content, they can offer consumers a low-lift way to travel straight to the product page to make a purchase as well.

According to a recent report, visitors who are prospective customers spend, on average, 2.6 times longer on pages with video than without. Coupled with the story-driven marketing we just touched on above, that increased time and attention on-site generally leads to increased click-throughs and sales.

  1. Interactive Product Demos

Speaking of driving actions through videos, this type of highly-engaging video content is transforming the product demo space as well.

Now, companies don’t just have to rely on their storytelling abilities in order to communicate a product’s benefits, they can actually show the user everything that’s great about their offerings in an interactive way. This “don’t just tell me, show me” aspect helps give a complete overview of a product’s features and functionality, so that users can get the most out of their experience.

  1. Valuable Customer Feedback

And lastly, interactive videos are transforming how corporations gather feedback, from customers and employees. Regarding the former, if a company’s products cater to a lot of different people, it helps to have an efficient way to direct them to the right person or page.

Or, if you’re in the market for a little helpful customer feedback to make your products and services better, an interactive video can provide a fun, engaging outlet with which to gather such information. Bringing a game-like aspect to this experience increases user attention and gives them plenty of freedom to make choices on-screen. The result is a more rewarding experience for the user and more valuable feedback for the company.

In Summary

Any corporation that’s leveraging the power of the internet today to market and sell its products and services—or engage and train its customers and employees—can do so much more effectively by adopting the usage of interactive video.

As we’ve shown here, there are a myriad of ways with which to apply this type of technology, all leading to increased engagement, attention, and, ultimately, sales. When it comes to capturing and holding attention, video plays a crucial role in helping to break down complex concepts and ideas in a visually appealing way.

In short, interactive video is changing the game for businesses everywhere.