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How to Avoid Awkward Video Simulations and the Importance of Feedback

By Dan Keckan published April 23, 2018

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The first time I immersed myself in a video-based simulation, I felt like something was off, uneasy, or just plain awkward. For those musically inclined, it was like hearing a half cadence or a sequence of incomplete notes. These half-cadence simulations are a source of great frustration because simulations are meant to bring the learner as close as possible to the ideal behavior or skill. However, when you fail to use this principle as your guide, you risk impeding the flow of realistic dialogue and creating an assessment rather than a simulation. What’s more, while an assessment is effective, it lacks the learner engagement necessary to achieve comprehension and retention.

To help instructional designers avoid half-cadence simulations, designers should follow 13 key guidelines. (I’ve created this job aid based on my past failures!)

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How do you scout locations for a training video shoot?

Scout locations for your next training video shoot with these eight Pro-Tips. Searching for the right place to record video is vital to a successful production. Even though Scout Locations is #11 on our pre-production checklist, it’s just as valuable as the other items and should not be overlooked in the interest of time or budget. Continue reading

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By Kim Lindsey published March 22, 2017

Now Is The Time For You To Know The Truth About Notepad

Notepad is our friend

… is one of my professional mottos. In 16+ years as a writer, I’ve consistently promoted this handy little tool  (free with Windows!). Continue reading

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Wardrobe? What should I wear on camera?

If you are a marketing manager, training professional, or business owner and you need to make a video, then this blog post is for you.

“Wardrobe” is a performing arts term that refers to costumes, shoes, undergarments, hats, and personal props such as gloves, jewelry, etc. (wiki). In our business video production world, we are generally talking about the clothing that you wear on camera. Continue reading

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How Do I Hire Voice-over Talent for Video or eLearning? Can I Narrate?

If you you need to make a training video or an eLearning course and have identified voice-over narration as the method to tell your story, then this blog post is for you.

We always suggest using professional voice actors, also known as voice talent, voiceover artists, or VO talent. A seasoned pro brings years of practice and mastery that leads to a smooth, articulate recording that will elevate the perception of your brand. Continue reading

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