LMS videos are growing in popularity, because of their effectiveness when it comes to teaching. But what does LMS even stand for? LMS, or a learning management system, gives users a more engaging way to do trainings and learn about new topics.
Traditionally, professionals have used powerpoint to train. However, powerpoints can often be a bit boring, and there is no way to see who has watched the powerpoint. LMS videos offer more engagement than powerpoints, which helps to grab the attention of viewers, and make sure training sticks. Here are a few ways to help you make engaging LMS videos.
Have a strong starting point
As you begin your project, make sure that you have gathered everything you need. Gather powerpoints, pictures, videos, and any visuals or written information you will need. Put all of these items in one place so you don’t have to look around a messy desktop, every time you need something.
Consider looking at other LMS and training videos for inspiration and styles that you might want to use in your own LMS video. Once you have everything set up, put together a strong outline of your video, and prepare for scripting. Once you have the outline, get to writing your script. Make sure to get as much information in as you can while still being direct and concise.
Weave in a story
Training and LMS videos can often come off as boring since they are basically descendants of the common powerpoint. Weaving in a story might seem impossible. However, it can be done. Think about the training you are doing and how it relates to the people watching the video. Showing an applicable example that they can relate to can make the difference between a successful LMS video or a boring flop that makes little impact.
Pick a great voiceover artist
Bueller? Buller? Bueller? We’re all familiar with monotone voices. They may seem like a good idea for an LMS video because they don’t overemphasize things, and they stay consistent all the way through. However, have you ever listened to the same monotone voice for a long period of time? It is super hard to pay attention, and in some cases, stay awake. Do not put your audience to sleep, and pick a voiceover artist that reads with just the right amount of emphasis and purpose.
Another great way to engage your audience is by using more than one voiceover artist. If you are doing more than one video, consider one voiceover artist for the first video, and then pick a second artist for your next. Alternating them can help mix it up and make the videos a bit less monotone. You can practice becoming a voiceover artist yourself or use online platforms like Upwork or Fiverr to hire professional voiceover artists.
Use engaging visuals
Most training might include things like graphs, stock images, or maybe a demo. These are by no means bad tools. However, they can get a bit dry when overused. So, pull out your color wheel to step it up, consider the colors you are using, and what they communicate. If you are using stock images, consider the types of people featured in them, and even the colors they are wearing, for a more vibrant look and feel. Split up graphs and demos with video or images–so viewers are more likely to continue being engaged with the LMS video.
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