Activity Type - Video

Activity Type – Video

Videos are helpful when you would like to convey a lot of information in a dynamic, visual way. They're also useful if you'd like to walk participants through a complex process or concept. It is also an opportunity to feature an influential content expert or business executive. From a design perspective, shorter videos are better to hold attention—anything up to 5 minutes is recommended. The introductory text for video assets is best when it briefly outlines what the viewer is about to see (a teaser but not overly wordy detail), and it gives viewers a question to consider while watching.

When creating a Video activity:

  •       The Video activity has several required fields. Action label, title and description must be completed, at a minimum.
  •       Action Label: By default, this field will be populated but it is best practice to make this as specific and appropriate as possible. What will participants do with this activity? Will they read, watch, download? The general rule of thumb is to make sure it is an action verb. This will be displayed in lower case no matter how it is typed in.
  •       Name: Enter the name for the activity. This will display in the course navigation for your participants.
  •       Description:This is the text for your activity.
  •       Use the prerequisite dropdown if there is an activity that must be completed before this activity.
  •       If you would like to display the amount of time that the activity takes to complete enter time in seconds in the duration field. Although you enter the time in seconds it will be displayed in minutes.
  •       Check the box if this is an optional activity. The activity will be displayed in the course, but the duration will not be included in the time needed per lesson. It is recommended that you add ‘Optional’ to the activity title so that participants are aware it is not a required activity.
  •       When entering text in the description box the text editor bar lets you do basic formatting tricks—different heading styles, boldingitalicizing, underlining, numbering and bulleting, and hyperlinking. For more advanced options, you can click the html button on the far right of the text editor. This will open a pop-up window where you can alter the html manually. Only select this if you are an advanced html user!
  •       There is an option to add a file attachment.

There are several options for making videos available through this asset. By clicking the dropdown menu, you can see the Video Delivery Types that are offered:

When selecting an option, the one that is best suited for your needs will depend on whether you have an existing system within which to host your videos, your security concerns, and your preferred user experience. Read below to see a high-level breakdown of the video options.

CorpU

This is CorpU’s video library. CorpU Video enables organizations to securely and efficiently deliver high quality video within their courses. This is the simplest to use, there are no storage limits and this will be delivered seamlessly as part of the course. Note: It is best for delivery and storage of final approved videos.

Third Party Hosts

  • Bits On the Run (JW Player)

Bits On the Run (Now JW Player) will let you upload video files (.mov, .mp4, .flv, .avi, .wmv, etc) to its site, and give you privacy options to keep viewership of your videos secure and selective. To use this option, first get the code (Video ID) from your video service.  Then select the Delivery Type you want to use and past the Video ID  and save the video activity. If you need help locating your Video ID, look at the FAQ from your Video Service Provider. Always check the videos from the participant view.  If the Video ID is correct but it does not work, first check for extra spaces in the ID.

Advanced Options

  • Progressive Download

If your organization has an existing way to stream or store media, then this option might fit you best. When using Progressive Download, it's best if your video is in an .mp4 format. Progressive download means the video downloads to the user's computer—which also means buffering time for slower connections. 

External Sites

  • YouTube
  • Any external site
  • This option is good if there are videos you want to use that are on YouTube or on an external site. It is straightforward—simply copy the URL of the video into the window that's provided when you select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu in the asset. Be cautious, however, about the fact that videos are sometimes later removed from sites like YouTube, causing the link to be “broken” and unavailable when a participant goes to watch the one listed in the course.
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