Thanks a ton for these resources. Im looking specifically for a user controlled (interactive) video platform for training people on how to use a specific product, reviewing features and troubleshooting. We dont need to sell anything, but would love to track which video’s get watched most so that we know where the interest or pain points are for the product. I’ve looked at Engajer as a platform, and some of the training platforms here seem like a good fit, but not sure about the ‘self guided’ aspect of the video. Any additional thoughts/insights since you’ve posted this list?
Very well written and explained Jeff. Beside comparing pricing and other features, one thing you can add here is the security of the content on any platform. It’s a very important factor when deciding to go for any course platform. For the content creators, the most important asset is content. The course platform should be able to secure the content from downloading, copying or sharing user accounts after purchase. This will have a direct impact on the business. We have developed an online course platform at Spayee, where we take the security of content very seriously beside having all other necessary features like Integrated Payment gateways, Videos, Reports & Analytics, Multiple Distribution Models, In-built Marketing tools. You can request a demo here – http://www.spayee.com
Just to clarify @disqus_pYZOHMKYCy:disqus, what I find interesting is that across all the different platforms and modes, the majority of students who pony up $$$ for an online course don’t bother completing it. I think that puts the onus fair and square back on us as teachers to make sure our courses are engaging, entertaining, fun and have gamification aspects built in along with a sense of community and a real relationship between the teacher and the students.
I wanted to set up all our courses with Academy Mine a couple of years ago. We have one large 12 part course and 15 smaller (4 part) courses and over 200 students. I paid someone else to set it all up and learn how to use it as I just didnt have the time myself. It took 6 months of paying this person a wage of $500 per week (around 2 grand a month) and around $200 a month for the platform. Six months and over $13,000 spent setting it up , on the day we launched the whole platform crashed as it turned out out courses and resources were just too big. Now I use online classrooms I create myself using web pages and downloadable PDF content. Students email their course work submissions to me. It works and costs nothing but I often wish for a more streamlined way to complete assessments.
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Most of the video oriented services (e.g., Udemy, MindBites) are going to present the video in a way that it cannot be downloaded. Or you can use something like JPlayer in WordPress, or Vimeo with the download capability turned off. Of course, there’s pretty much nothing you can do to prevent someone from making a screen recording if they really are determined to.
Unlike many types of content where the mark of great content is did it entertain, did it grab and keep attention, did the person finish it? The mark of a great course is does it complete the goal of teaching what you want to teach? Was your student able to complete the course and then do the task if it’s a task related goal, make the behavioral change if it’s a behavioral goal, or recall the content if it’s a memorization and recall type of goal. Even the most entertaining content wouldn’t be a successful course, if it didn’t successfully teach the student the desired outcome.
So here we go I just load the video down as we now enter content samurai itself, I love this sort of samurai guide load at the ultimate Christmas time and so the samurai's in Christmas time is awesome and now we've done intro sort of - I sort done the intro slide and that's just something I have learnt just using the system awesome too and nice couple of slides especially because the contents on the Fritch site tends to be written by the people and just myself as the editor comes along and does the audience stuff with it. So narrowing slide content samurai I started actually creating the video.
So, be sure to create content that’s pitched at the right level, and uses terminology that your learners will understand. It’s always a good idea to do some background research on your audience. But, if you’re still not completely sure whether they’ll have prior knowledge of a concept, rather take the simpler approach. If learners feel you’re covering something that they already understand, they’ll just skip on over to the next activity.
If you have a clear picture of the media types and assets you’ll be using to develop your content, you’ll be ready to create your storyboard screens using the steps outlined below. However, if you’re unsure or are still deciding, skip to step 3 to get a better idea of the content and activity types you may want to include before moving forward with creating a storyboard. In any case, you can always update your storyboard along the way – just be sure your team is aligned on all of the changes before you do.
As learners access the online course, track their progress and engagement in the course in the analytics dashboard of your LMS. After they have maneuvered through the course, request feedback on where the course needs improvement. Perhaps they require more training on a particular topic you may have overlooked or where you gave minimal instruction.
Don’t forget Lightspeedvt.com. They specialize in creating interactive video training courses for speakers, consultants, and other experts. They’re based out of Las Vegas and have done work with Bravo (Top Chef’s Cooking Courses), GM, and countless speakers. They’re start-up fees are a little steep for most people, but it’s definitely what you’re talking about in the article.
Very interesting article! I still have a question bugging me though: in your research were you also able to identify if there is any platform that allows to sell courses where the instructor is different than the account owner? I would like to set up a little business where I instruct the Instructors, shoot the course, direct and produce the videoclips, follow any marketing activity around the course. Then, I would get right to use and eploitat the results from them, sharing revenue with them. In this model, I would need to be the Owner-Administrator of the accounts on the platform. I’ve checked Teachable and there seems to be some limit in doing so, in how they define the “instructors”. Any indication from you ? Thanks in advance. Marco.
For some, the topical outline may be sufficient in documenting and communicating the course curriculum to the team before diving into content development (step 3). Others may find additional value from creating a detailed storyboard. For example, if you’re working with a team of other designers, or with a programmers who need a blueprint for your online course creation process.
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Content, activities, and experiences should be sequential, cumulative, and coherent. They should be highly interactive and allow for a range of levels of learning, learner entry points, and experiences. Information should be “chunked” and moves sequentially from simple to complex; concrete to abstract and general to specific, in clear, concise text.
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