Guideline to create effective fun-based learning videos

Nov 30, 2018 | Blog, educational animations, eLearning tips, teaching aids, video-based learning |

You realized your online course need more engagement elements. You tried various methods, even with video-based learning, to build up and maintain attendees’ interest and eager in your course, but it failed. Perhaps your course is lacking fun? Fun is a magnetic feature that helps an online course coherently connect with learners. But it can be difficult to add the fun element effectively into your courses. Fun, if added wrong, could lead to distractions, especially in eLearning. The article will help you answer the question: How to create effective fun-based learning videos

 

How to know your online course is lacking fun?

Is your content easy to digest?

First and foremost, let’s talk about fun in the content. Fun’s role in the content is a magical effect which helps reduce subjects’ difficulty as well as gain learners’ attraction. There is a lack of fun in your content when it’s too dry and hard to understand. However, don’t assume that complicated subject couldn’t be fun. Here is an example to illustrate how a difficult subject can be fun. By adding some enjoyable moments in video learning, the whole content seems to be more interesting than ever.

Is your course a pleasure to the learners’ eye?

Fun is anything that helps attract learners into your course. Of course, a huge part of the fun comes from what your course looks like. In order to create an enjoyment of its visual, your course should be eye-pleasing first.

How could students enjoy an online course if it seems to be full-of-text, no image, poor color choices? The way your course appears has an essential role in attracting learners’ attention. It is common that educators experience difficulty in designing visually appealing courses. This could greatly impact the effectiveness of your course. Remember, never underestimate the design. Investing in design is worth what it can bring back to you.

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Are your attendees react positively?

It’s hard to see attendees’ eagerness in case you are distant from your learner. But it doesn’t mean impossible. In fact, you should always have a quiz or feedback at the end of each lesson. Feedback is the easiest way to see the reaction of your learners, we don’t need to discuss further.

On the other hand, the quiz can also be a useful tool as a result of a quick test could represent how concentrate your learner were during learning time. As the result, the test result can be a good indicator of whether your course was fun enough. This is because fun leads to motivation, motivation directs students’ behavior toward particular goals. Fun acts as an emotional force that is a huge assistance of the mission to engage learners. So, if learners don’t feel engaged in the content, they would finish the lesson with a cursory attitude.

Guideline to create effective fun-based learning videos

Choose the right video format

Initially, make sure that you select the right type of video for your course before you want to add fun. The right video format isn’t one that looks most professional. It isn’t also one that costs an arm and a leg for the highest quality. Rather, the right video depends on your situation, your need and your budget. The problem is, we have to find out when which type is best to use.

Take a look at these 3 typical types of video which educators use the most for eLearning purpose:

Self-recorded videos

Self-recorded videos are a great way to enhance the presence of lecturers without physical contact. The talking-head videos are most suitable for long but too not complicated content. It is best to use when you want to make a series of language videos. For example, you can see a lot of English courses on Youtube. It’s cheap and simple to make, as suggested in its name. What you need is only a camera, maybe even your smartphone and the knowledge is already in your head. However, a student could get bored over watching the same person on screen for a long time.

Live action videos

Live action videos are famous for bringing more realistic aspects to the lesson. Thanks to body language, a video could communicate emotions quickly with audiences. In fact, live action is usually chosen for advertising because it helps create a fun vibe to the product. In education, if your subjects require more real-life details, or you want to make more emotional impacts, live action could be the best choice.

Animation

Animation is usually preferred over live action as they don’t require actors or expensive locations. Time-saving, cost-saving, and even energy-saving for video creator. But it doesn’t stop here! Educators love animation mainly because of its ability to deliver with complex and abstract concepts. When some ideas are too complicated to portrait or impossible to film, educators choose to go ahead with an animated video.

For example of combining talking-head videos and animated videos for better learning outcomes, check out this case study:
» Combine talking-head videos and aminated videos for better learning outcomes

How to add fun?

As we mentioned before, fun is everything that helps engage learners in the course. Fun is not only in content, but it also in design, text, and voice-over.

However, a useful fun-based learning video isn’t one that makes student laugh a lot. Keep in mind that we are not here to entertain our learner, we just use humor as a tool to boost the knowledge delivery process.  

If you ask “uncle” Google how to add fun into your learning course, there will be various tips and tricks for you to follow. However, it could be hard to apply because they don’t tell you why or how it works. Hence you can’t ensure whether this kind of fun is efficient to add or not. We will give you some ideas coming from our knowledge and experiences that we gain throughout making tailor-made animated learning videos for our clients.

The power of storytelling

Telling relatable stories is an art to trigger students’ emotion and motivation. The emotional elements added help break the boring and soulless content.

A good story doesn’t need dramatic and fancy scenarios. It should be relatable to the learners, or even with the main characters are the learners. Talk about daily-life, incorporate some examples that relevant to students’ concern into your course. By this way, attendees could see the relationship between the lessons and their lives, as well as find it easier to apply knowledge into reality.

Take advantage of visualization

Visualization shows us the power of illustrating content into attractive and convenient images to help students grasp the idea. Visuals are able to represent complex information in a simple straightforward manner that text cannot compete. At the same time, illustrated pieces of knowledge appeal to the students, allowing an open door for the content to go straight to students’ mind.  

In learning videos, visuals can be picture, bar, chart of infographics, or anything that illustrators draw up. Depending on each type of video, there will be a best way to use visualization to help students feel engaged and enjoy the lessons.

There are 3 things that you should keep in your pocket to add more fun into visualization:

  • Reduce text as much as possible
  • Use color as an assistant to set the mood
  • Add visual aids (images, graphs, infographics or animated visuals) to live up content

As you can see from this example, the color plays more as a visual-supporting tool for the phenomenon than the original black-and-white pic of the textbook.

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Make use of the voice-over

V-O support educators in explaining in detail things that may be harder to express only visually. A voice not only creates trust and credibility to the course but also makes a perfect combination when it matches the visuals. At this time, both sound and image can reinforce an idea you’ve illustrated and give it more power.

A voice also encourages a viewer to take the next step. If the educators directly make the narration, it could increase their presence as well as the connection between learners and educators.  

Could animation efficiently bring fun elements to your online course?

Animation is a combination of storytelling, visualization, animating and voice-over. It represents a way to simplify complex topics and bring them to life. Not only an increase in the visual element can capture learners’ attention, but animated videos also kick-off engagement and motivate self-learning.

Three biggest advantages of animation in adding fun to learning videos:

  1. The perfect of visualization when animating does an excellent job in explaining a difficult and abstract subject. (Eg: Scientific processes or scientific phenomenon)
  2. Animated storytelling is more fantastic and powerful than ever as animating lends a big hand to tell a story, making the content relatable, memorable and even entertaining.
  3. Create better multi-sensory learning experiences for learners than the “talking head” videos or “non-instructor led” online courses thanks to the perfect mix of sound, visual and text.

 

This is an example from Aviassist’ Drone Training Course. The animations show the power of illustrating the sophisticated system of machines in a new engaging way. Storytelling is the best feature animations could give to eLearning in this case. There we have characters, which are designed to be much relatable to learners, and an engaging story to lead learners to the learning objectives.

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To produce an animated video, you should try some animation software. However, you could do it by yourself if you only use animation for a better demonstration in teaching, not a complete animation-based course. A freelancer could help you makes more complex animation, but you have to do script task by yourself before. A studio like F.learning Studio can best support you in everything, from creating a storyboard to doing tailor-made animation for the premium quality.

Conclusion

Learning with joy is different from learning to entertain. And fun is an important element to joyful and efficient learning. It is tough to make your online course interesting without adding fun. But don’t worry, you already have it, our tips to make your class funnier but don’t distract your students. We believe that you will be able to apply all our tips to create a more engaging course for your students. And don’t forget the power of animation in eLearning. Let’s become a wise online educator who chooses animation for the most effective fun-based learning videos for your students!

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