By Christian Bjerre Nielsen,
Chief Product Officer at uQualio®
Maybe you didn’t realize it, but often your users want to help you make your product better! They are helpful if it is easy to give you feedback on what works well, what could be improved and what is so bad....
This is where uQualio® - your own video e-Learning platform - has improved with the new release 5.0.421.
We added a big FEEDBACK button for the user to give the course manager feedback in an easy way. Press the button and you send a message to the course manager and you can even add one or more file attachments.
The standard use is of course that a user has feedback for you. But the feedback button can also be used for these other cases:
For the course manager all feedback messages are stored in a report. The report has the user’s text and links to the attachments. This can (without the files) be downloaded to an excel spreadsheet.
Now you have the option to review your feedback. Maybe you can just post a message to the users in the group explaining how to handle the issue? Or you get input for your next version of the course? In both cases you end up improving the learning experience of your users and that is what makes them come back or read your mail the next time you have a relevant course ready for them.
Please try for yourself with a uQualio® free trial – and let us know what you think about this useful improvement.
What makes video e-learning great?
First, what makes video eLearning courses so great? They reduce the time and costs needed to develop the courses and for the learners to acquire knowledge. Thanks to the utilisation of various types of multimedia, the content gets engaging, and information retention is improved.
But that’s not all! Some solutions, like ours from uQualio®, also include a practice question function and a final test function, so that you can train yourself and be sure that you or your audience really learned everything from a given course. uQualio® additionally offers the possibility of a using a help button during a practice session, so that a participant can watch the exact moments of the video a given question relates to.
Moreover, contrary to normal settings, online courses allow you and your audience to learn at your own pace and when you need it. This makes the process much more enjoyable and increases productivity.
Finally, gamification (including game-design elements, for example adding points, progress bars, or rewards like badges) works wonders for the results. The uQualio® solution includes all these features (and more!).
Best practice when making video e-learning
As with many other things, when it comes to video making, preparation is key. Each course is made from several topics (chapters), each containing a video and questions.
Before you start the video, have an overview of what you want to achieve. It might be a good idea to make a storyboard to better visualise your takeaways. Before you start filming, you must know who your target group is, what is the goal of the course, and each video’s aim.
When it comes to making a video, there are three considerations: content, length, and quality.
Regarding content, you need to think about the message of the video. What is it that this video should convey? What would be the best way to do it? For example, having an extra resource, e.g. a pdf file or a presentation may be useful (on uQualio® you can add up to 4 files for each video).
Research and experience with various video lengths has shown that bite-sized videos achieve much better results, as the focus and the ability to learn drops the longer the video goes on. Therefore, your videos should be around 2-3 minutes long, and include only a small number of takeaways (max. 3). There should also only be a few videos per course, max. 8.
As a beginner, you might consider doing the audio and video separately - write down what you want to say (possibly the full text, but key points may work better) and record it, make a video, and then simply overlay the audio on top. It might be too much for newbies to record the video and talk at the same time (it’s harder than you may think!).
As far as video quality is concerned, you need to consider it in the context of your audience. If you’re making a professional video for customers, good quality content is expected. However, if the video is meant for a private group (e.g. your study group, employees, blog audience, etc.) a lower handheld mobile camera quality maybe good enough.
As mentioned earlier, gamification aspects are worth looking into. On uQualio®, for example, participants can see their scores, benchmark against other people, achieve badges (can be personalize for a given audience) on different levels to compete and share their results via social media.
Ready to try for yourself? It is free to try!
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By Christian Bjerre Nielsen,
Chief Product Officer at uQualio®
How does uQualio® match the 11 items listed by John Faig in 11 Things I Wish Ed Tech Developers Knew (http://www.litandtech.com/2019/05/11-things-i-wish-ed-tech-developers-knew.html)?
John Faig wrote this blog post on what EdTech companies must take into consideration for their users – the teachers. I believe he comes with valid points, which we and our colleagues in the EdTech learning space must address and consider for future releases of our products.
uQualio® is a video-based e-Learning platform. We do not fall quite into the traditional Learning Management System (LMS) category as we have the view that it must be simple for content creators, teachers, assistants and users.
Here’s John’s list and how uQualio® fits his requests. Remember to read his blog post first – and then check each point below to see how we fit.
2. Schedule changes
3. Student needs
5. Student data
6. Share content
7. Schedule in advance
8. Make it look nice
9. Start with simple trial
11. Ask for feedback
Addressing John’s points is a good exercise when you have an EdTech application. We can see that we’re doing good on several of the points, but that we can improve on the others. Now we have specific action items to work. This improves how uQualio® works and how it is viewed by potential users.
I suggest that other EdTech companies try to go through the same exercise. This has helped me line up a number of changes to the coming releases as well as how to prioritize some of the features further down the backlog.
Please let me know what you think and if you are ready to try the same with the 11 things John Faig lists in his blog.
Drop a note or try uQualio® yourself (free trial)
PS: This somehow reminds me a little of the Joel Test... (https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2000/08/09/the-joel-test-12-steps-to-better-code/)
Highlights of the release
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At uQualio® we have just made onboarding easier for you with a new API solution!
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Our new solution allows for a seamless integration between your platform and uQualio®. This means that your new employees immediately can start learning what they need. And first impressions matter!
The onboarding process is where both you and your employees get to know one another. These first few days and weeks are vital and have a tremendous impact on job performance and commitment. If an employee fails to successfully finish onboarding, the hours and costs spend on hiring them are lost. Therefore, it is vital that the onboarding process is done correctly.
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