Boost the Effectiveness of eLearning- Tips for HR

Training and development managers know that video is one of the most impactful and efficient methods for learning and knowledge transfer. Across age demographics, at home, and at work, employees like video. With the easy-to-use video capabilities and simple editing tools in smartphones, today’s workforce is increasingly comfortable with creating, sharing, and collaborating by video. Natalia Kermode, Managing Director of Sales Americas at movingimage explained in a HR.com’s Excellence Essentials why companies should manage video better to boost learning.

When managed properly, video offers a host of benefits that extend the reach of HR and professional development.  From new employee onboarding to ongoing training and education, live and on-demand video saves time, cuts costs and enables learning anywhere, anytime and on any device. With today’s distributed and remote workforce, personal face time is at a premium. And every employee, whether down the hall or on the other side of the world, needs to feel present and connected. Video is unrivaled at facilitating teamwork, collaboration, and personal engagement.

Think about how much more effective your organization would be if you had more transparency and cross-departmental knowledge transfer. What if you had a company-wide video repository that contained all departments’ videos in one place, with person-specific access permissions, so that people on different teams can have more visibility (as appropriate) into other areas of the business and can engage in cross-training or collaborate on content?

For all its advantages, there are a few hurdles and risks to overcome if you want to make training videos a key component of your digital workplace. Network bandwidth and storage are the biggest challenges of video. Files tend to be very large, requiring a lot of storage and considerable network resources for streaming.  The other big challenge: IT managers have too many platforms to support.

Most enterprises find themselves dealing with multiple different video platforms, all requiring storage, support and network bandwidth for on-demand and live-streaming. Last but not least: the security and privacy aspects.  To people who are used to using YouTube and other consumer-grade services, issues like privacy, security, and storage seem like someone else’s problem. But companies should be aware that those services come with a whole host other issues, including questionable security and outside ownership. If you rely on a consumer online video service for your corporate training videos, you better read the fine print. Internal videos should be managed internally and, for sensitive content, viewing rights need to be controlled at the user level. You can’t do that without secure enterprise video platform (EVP).

Some of the things you can do with an EVP include:

  • Manage all your internal and external videos on the same platform.
  • Ensure smooth streaming
  • Deliver targeted, departmentally-specific and user-specific content.
  • Ensure security and privacy
  • Enable mobile-friendly video
  • Support live video and live training.
  • Enable chapters within a recorded video
  • Provide the ability to include attachments with a video.
  • Facilitate user-generated content from trainers and other employees.
  • Evaluate engagement through tracking and analytics.