Types of eLearning developed by Momentum eLearning Limited

1. Piece to Camera

A Piece To Camera or PTC is used in three scenarios; an introduction, a summary and to make an important point stand out.  It is important not to overuse PTC as it can come across as authoritarian.

A PTC is scripted and shot with one or two cameras and a teleprompter.  It is a good way of connecting a face to a name and giving the module gravitas.  We find that the use of green screen gives us high degree of flexibility and reduces the production time by removing external interruptions and sound pollution.

2. Onsite or In-Situ Demonstrations

Feedback from viewers has told us that the short demonstration are an invaluable way of quickly learning the tricks of the trade from more experienced hands.

3. Voice over PowerPoint

The simplest form of eLearning is voice over PowerPoint (VOPP).  The benefits are that it is very quick to create and involves little production time.  The risk is that it can become uninteresting, especially if it is page-after-page of text being read by the presenter.  I'm sure we have all experienced 'death-by-PowerPoint' at some point in our careers.

We work hard to develop an interesting script with the subject matter experts (SMEs).  Using a variety of techniques to bring the slides to life.  Case study's, personal experiences along with the use of colour pace and volume changes can all keep the viewer engaged.

We break down an elearning module into a series of "small and interesting bite sized chunks".  We have found that 3 minutes is a 'sweet spot' when it comes to viewing.  We break the module down into short sprints (Topics) between 90 seconds and 5 minutes.  We also change styles of topic frequently to change the pace and keep the viewer's attention.

4. Voice Over Screen Capture

Similar to VOPP in many ways, Voice Over Screen Capture is an excellent way of training software skills or a business process.   Like VOPP it is important to add variety to keep the viewer interested.  The use of callouts as well as zoom and pan techniques can help keep the viewers attention. 

5. Scripted Interview

They wanted everyone to hear the message in a consistent way.  Ideally they would like to have seen the team face to face but the time and cost were prohibitive.  Along with the cost saving they made a positive Green impact reducing the carbon miles.

6. Off Screen Interview

An off screen interview is a highly effective way of getting a message across.  Questions are scripted but the responses are not. Think along the lines of a Match of The Day Post Match Interview.

Short and to the point, we have found this format works best in situ.  The elements can play their part in the final location, as well as noise from plant and hand tools however, we find that these add the authenticity.  This technique can help bring a subject to life, especially in a change management scenario using question techniques such as 'feel- felt-found'.

7. Piece to Camera then Voice Over

This is a combination of a Piece to Camera followed by Voice Over.  Think along the lines of a wildlife documentary that starts with a short piece to camera followed by a Voice Over video footage.  Think along the lines of a David Attenborough documentary. 

This is an excellent tool for conveying processes and systems.  Because it is fast paced and often has background music it can last longer than the other types of video.  Placing the expert in the situation increases authenticity and the voice over aspect allows for faster production times.

8. Key Message Montage

A montage is not strictly an eLearning tool however it can be used to get an important message across quickly in a punchy and upbeat manner.  Used sparingly, often at the end of a Module as a summary.

Up beat and quick it can be deployed as part of the internal marketing campaign for a programme creating a WOW factor

9. Assessments Tests, Interactive Quizes and Questionnaires

Various themed assessment tests ranging from simple text multiple choice, video and audio quiz through to instructor scored essay style tests.

10. Round Table Discussions

Bring a range of subject matter experts and senior managers together to discuss the subject at hand in a radio style broadcast.  Think of a Radio 4 Programme with the added bonus of graphics to summarise key points.

11. Webinars

We have developed a custom built webinar / conference application that delivers both high quality audio and video during a live event.  Reaching delegates from anywhere in the world.  We have thought out of the box when it comes to delivering "live" training over the Internet.  Many have tried and most fall foul of the prohibitively high cost of streaming media servers.  Our approach is to pre-record the "push" content the day before the live event.  This allows the content to be delivered to the audience in much higher quality and vastly reduces the technical problems associated with live systems.  It also gives the presenter one thing less to juggle during the live event so the interactive element is moreeffective than ever before. 

12. Simulations, Best & Worst Practice Case Studies

Video simulations and examples of good and bad practice bring key learning points to life.  Scripted, and often created using actors these short video clips can be interspersed with questions, and choice of responses allowing the viewer to control what happens online.  Allowing them to learn is a safe environment.

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