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How to Get The Most From Audio/Video Training

Two Methods:Getting the Most from Audio/Video Training as a LearnerGetting the Most from Audio/Video Training as an Instructional Designer or PresenterCommunity Q&A

Audio/video training, online and via DVD, Blu-ray and CD, has become as accepted as textbooks and offers many advantages. Video tutorials can complement theoretical texts with demonstrations and interviews. Audio/video training aids can be used during commuting, outdoors or while waiting for an appointment. Additionally, these training aids are generally well-indexed and instantly searchable to the exact location needed and can be reviewed as often as necessary. Learners and content developers can get more from audio/video training by remembering a few guidelines.

Method 1
Getting the Most from Audio/Video Training as a Learner

  1. 1
    Look over the outline or overview of the entire audio/visual training program.
  2. 2
    Decide (if you have the option) whether you will use the entire presentation or only certain segments.
    • Audio/visual training is often highly searchable, allowing you to focus on the content that is most relevant. You may only need certain portions of the course.
  3. 3
    Take notes during the audio/video training.
    • Your notes will be an additional study resource, and the act of note-taking reinforces learning.
  4. 4
    Test yourself after each section to see how well you have absorbed the material.
    • You may need to listen to, or watch, certain sections several times.
  5. 5
    Take advantage of online groups and discussion communities where you can share questions and learning experiences.

Method 2
Getting the Most from Audio/Video Training as an Instructional Designer or Presenter

  1. 1
    Identify the highest priority material to be presented.
    • Repeat the most important content to be retained in the beginning, middle and end of your presentation.
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    Know the needs of your audience.
    • Knowing whether the audio/visual training will be shown to a group or made available on demand for individual listeners will help you tailor the program and will make a better connection with the audience.
    • Balance video quality with the need to deliver the presentation with minimal interruption from buffering if video files will be streamed online.
    • Keep the language level appropriate to the audience in terms of reading level and education.
  3. 3
    Make the information as accessible as possible.
    • Consider subtitling or close captioning your audio/video presentation or adding audio enhancements for visually impaired persons.
  4. 4
    Use the best quality audio possible.
    • Each speaker should have his or her own microphone and sound should be monitored with headsets throughout recording for "live-to-tape" presentations.
  5. 5
    Consider recording all audio presentations in a professional studio free of background noise and other distractions that will detract from the listening experience.
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    Keep video tutorials or segments to less than 10 minutes.
    • Long video segments will lose the viewer's attention.
    • Break long audio visual training presentations into shorter chapters.
  7. 7
    Use presenters who are well-prepared and have an engaging manner.
    • If your presenters are not actors or professional narrators, rehearse with them until they are as comfortable as possible on camera or with the microphone.
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    Keep graphics uncluttered. They should be visually appealing, but should not try to present too much information at once.
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    Include review and self-testing opportunities in your audio/video training to be sure the learner can identify what material has been mastered and what material needs further study.
  10. 10
    Offer opportunities for a community.
    • Consider developing a web group, chat room or other means for learners to share questions and comments. This sense of community can bring some benefits of classroom learning to your audio/visual training.
    • Make your audio/video training as updatable as possible.
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    For example, if your content is delivered via streaming audio or video, update the linked file as often as necessary as content becomes outdated.

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  • As a learner, limit multitasking during audio/video training. The more attention you are giving to other inputs, the longer it will take to absorb the material. You may not realize that your mind has wandered for part of a presentation until you test yourself.

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Español: aprovechar al máximo una capacitación por audio o video, Français: tirer le maximum de la formation audiovisuelle, Deutsch: Den größtmöglichen Nutzen aus Audio oder Video Training ziehen, Português: Tirar o Máximo Proveito de Treinamentos em Áudio ou Vídeo, Русский: извлечь максимальную пользу из обучающих аудио и видеокурсов, Bahasa Indonesia: Mendapatkan Hasil Maksimum dalam Pelatihan melalui Audio Video

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