The usage of videos in Learning & Development seems to be growing exponentially lately. Although there are video content providers besides YouTube (yes, really, there are), here are two YouTube statistics to consider:
- 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day.
During the recent 2017 Learning Solutions conference sponsored by the eLearning Guild, there were several talks on “interactive videos”. Since learning more about creating effective learning videos was one of my top goals, these sessions were of practical interest to me. Today, we will introduce to you three “interactive video platforms” and a sample demo of each will be provided. Maybe you have already heard of one, or two, or even all three, but I would love to know any thoughts or experiences you have any these, or other, interactive video platforms.
- H5P Organization – this is free, open source information. You can download the information to your own hosted solution, use as a plug-in to several popular sites (e.g., WordPress, Drupla, Moodle), or embed into any website (as I have done in the below example). Although the interactive video elements are my focus for today, H5P has a lot of other “interactive” elements that can be extended beyond “just” videos. Being that H5P is free, growing, and full of features, it is certainly a tool to consider.
- Hi Ha Ho – a Dutch-company, and they offer a full-featured, free account (no credit card required) for 30 days. As their roots are in education, both online and offline, they are well positioned to capture some of the online learning and interactive video education market. The authoring interface was very clear and easy and it does have both SCORM and xAPI integrations. Although not as many options are H5P, it has “plenty” to mostly likely meet your needs.
- Spotful – this is a freemium vendor offering. Although it is VERY easy to create your own free account, their pricing model is not (currently) readily accessible on their website. Spotful’s focus seems to be more on “creating engaging, sales/marketing videos” rather than learning focused videos. Spotful’s authoring and design experience is great, they just need more learning-focused elements to make it a more viable learning tool, in my opinion.
Hi Ha Ho