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Making the Most of Recorded Sessions

Published: August 09, 2013
Jason Miller is the manager of the Content Services team. Read More

Almost every training department has them: training sessions recorded on WebEx, GoToMeeting, or some other synchronous tool. While these sessions are not usually polished like asynchronous eLearning courses, they often fulfill an immediate training need, allowing training departments to quickly train a live-but-remote group. Those who can’t attend can then watch the recorded session. Although they cannot ask questions as the original audience could, they can still benefit from the original presentation and discussion. Unfortunately, the links to these sessions are often either lost or unused, wasting valuable training content.

Members of the content team at Tribridge HCM are often asked what can be done to make these recorded sessions more helpful for those who view them after the fact. Follow the simple steps below and recorded sessions can become more valuable and accessible assets in your learning environment:

  1. Record the session and/or locate the recorded file and convert to an MP4 file format.

    This process will vary depending on which tool you used for your session. For GoToMeeting, sessions should be recorded using the Windows Media File option, which can be converted to MP4 using any number of free conversion tools. WebEx provides instructions within their help files for converting to an MP4.
  2. Once the file is in MP4 format, edit out unneeded footage

    (often, several minutes of waiting while everyone joins the call should be removed). Once again, there are free options if you do not have professional video editing software. Here’s a good list of free options.
  3. Select an authoring tool such as Claro or Articulate to use for creating your online course.

    Think carefully about what you want from an authoring tool before purchasing one. Will you be serving these courses to people on tablets? (If so, choose an HTML5-based tool.) Do you anticipate a lot of collaborative work when creating courses? (If so, be sure to select a cloud-based tool that offers collaboration and online review functionality.)
  4. Once you have selected your authoring tool, create a short course with the following pages:

    • Screen 1: title page with summary paragraph
    • Screen 2: extracted video (now edited MP4 file)
    • Screen 3: list of key points from the video
    • Screens 4-8: comprehension questions regarding the key points
  5. Publish the resulting course as a SCORM package.

    With the addition of several screens and a SCORM wrapper, you now have a portable content object with a clear objective and means of assessment. The object can be loaded on any SCORM-compliant LMS and tracked for completion, which is a significant improvement over emailing a link to the original content file … but never knowing if there is either comprehension or completion.

Learn more about Tribridge HCM's Content Service.

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