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What is a Video?

Video as part of a training program can come in all shapes and sizes, from hour-long, professional produced films to homemade 30-second vignettes shared as part of microlearning.

Other Common Names

Other common names for video include:

  • Screen recording
  • Movie
  • Training film

Key Properties of Video in a Training Program

All training-focused videos share the following common properties:

  • Action-based, visual media (as opposed to still photos)
  • Flexibility to be used as a standalone resource or integrated into broader learning activities
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Elements that "Bond, Learning Bond" with Video


It’s not enough to just play the video and assume your learners will focus on the most important parts. Supplying a handout or a page in a participant guide with questions or notetaking prompts can help ensure learners focus on the most salient points.

follow upFollow-up

You can send out links to videos shown in your training program or small video files following each training session to help remind participants about your content or expose them to deeper exploration of ideas just touched upon in your program.


Video that is integrated into an e-learning module may help break up the monotony of screen after screen of written information. For some e-learning modules, the use of video can be the most dynamic section, illustrating technical procedures or highlighting key concepts in action. Take care with your video size, however, or it may take your module a while to load. This can be an area of particular sensitivity when distributing e-learning content to learners with internet bandwidth issues.

35 MicrolearningMicrolearning

Microlearning can come in many forms, and video is one of the most prominent. Offering short clips of a SME speaking or a glimpse of a technical procedure in action can be just enough information for an employee to digest in one sitting so that they’re motivated to use your concept or topic to solve a problem.

role playRole Play

Introducing video into the role play segment of your training program can ensure participants take the simulated situations seriously, because video provides unique insights into their own style and abilities. Asking someone in a small group to use a camera to record a role play interaction, then asking everyone in the small group to review the role play on video before giving feedback allows every participant to actually see themselves in action. Were they using the concepts taught in the training session? How is their body language? Did they say “uh” or “um” too much? The camera never lies.


Related to the element of follow up, using email to send video files and clips can help prime your learners for the course (if sent in advance of a training program) or remind them about key concepts (if sent following a training program).

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