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4 Practices used in Distance Learning Videos

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

Intro

You know what they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder...of educational videos. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand for "Distance Education Videos" has skyrocketed, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.

We've all seen those 30-second explainer videos that make us say, "Why wasn't this around when I was in school?" Well, turns out that people have been thinking the same thing for years. It's no secret that videos make the educational process more engaging and effective, thanks to their visual and auditory cues.

Stages

But what makes an educational video stand out from the rest? According to media theories and studies, there are four key stages that can make all the difference. Don't worry, we won't be diving into rocket science.

Stage 1: Signaling

At this stage, it's all about emphasizing the most important aspects of the educational topic. Keywords, colors, and contrast are all used to categorize and draw attention to the information being conveyed. And don't forget to throw in a catchy tagline or two!

Stage 2: Segmentation

Long lectures are so last century. Break down your topic into smaller, bite-sized video episodes that are no longer than six minutes. Trust us, your audience will thank you for it.

Stage 3: Weeding

Let's get rid of the noise and focus on the signal. Remove distracting music and simplify any busy visuals. Less is definitely more in this case.

Stage 4: Matching Modality

This stage is where the magic happens. Think Khan Academy-style videos that use a combination of visuals, auditory cues, and even narrative language to explain complex topics. Don't forget to throw in some illustrations and animations to really make the subject come to life.

Conclusion

So there you have it, folks. Follow these four stages, and you'll be on your way to producing top-notch distance learning videos. I hope you found this article helpful, and don't forget to check out the video below for even more tips and tricks.

Fatih Ugur | Producer@Vidyograf | fatih@vidyograf.com




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