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A lot of work and thought went into creating the perfect eLearning videos. This makes sense as eLearning videos support the online learning process. You can also make learning difficult concepts more fun and dynamic for all audiences. For all its benefits, many people still shy away from adding eLearning animations and training videos to their blended learning programs. You can turn your fears into reality with a few handy tips to create video learning projects in record time.

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How to Implement Video Learning and Animation

Discover the know-how you need in this guide, which is specially tailored for training managers.

Planning content

For every eLearning journey you take, you will need a destination and a map to get there. Your learning objectives are the goal, and the content you cover is the roadmap. A learning objective defines what your learners should get out of your course. As a course creator, you can define these goals by listing the skills, knowledge, or skills that your viewer should keep after watching your video. Learning objectives should be specific, reflect behavior and be measurable.

Your learning objectives will guide you as you write your script. The script includes what you want your learners to hear, who is delivering the message, and hints about actions or eLearning animations that you would like to see. After saving the final script, you will need some visual aid to support your concept and ideas for the video. This is where a storyboard comes in. A storyboard combines what is said in the script with what appears on the screen. It represents in simple terms what the final training video will look like.

Storyboard preparation

Before you can start creating the storyboard, you need to have a brainstorming session to turn your words into visual elements. This is where you may need to call in others to help. Once the brainstorming session is over, you need to create a timeline to put the storyline together. During your planning phase, you should take the time to review and revise as much as possible. If you are happy with your content as you schedule it, you will receive a high quality training video.

Set a budget for video learning projects

Now that you have a direction, it’s time to set your budget. When setting a budget, you need to consider each component of your project:

You always want to start with your general scope. Knowing the scope of your project can help you prioritize learners’ needs to create a course that is both effective and budget friendly. This includes figuring out how many videos you want to make, how long they are, what your timeline and style.

The number of videos and their length directly affect the resource hours, regardless of whether you create the videos in-house or with an external partner. The more complex the goals, the more complex the course will be and the more videos will be needed to explain it. Lots of videos mean a lot of work, and sometimes it can mean a lot of additional costs if you are unable to scale your video production efficiently. When to start your course is also a factor. In general, if you’re working on a time crisis, you can expect to pay more rush charges.

A reasonable schedule would be at least six months before the course starts (this depends of course on your video volume). Six months should give you ample time to design, prototype, and launch your eLearning course.

Choice of animation style

Finally there is your animation style. Whiteboard animations display your content as if someone were writing on a whiteboard. It’s an affordable option that works well for short, quick courses. 2D animation is the most popular option. It mimics the appearance of a cartoon and is great for storytelling. 3D animation is perfect for realism, making it the animation of choice for complex technical topics.

You need to understand the complexities it takes to get your point across without overwhelming users – or setting the wrong budget for your eLearning video. Your cost per minute also depends on the amount of animation used in your eLearning video.

Manage project

Video learning projects, like any other project, have a specific beginning, a specific middle, and a specific end. Many projects start off strong, but at some point after the kick-off meeting it becomes difficult to stay on track and stay organized until the finished product is ready. To make sure your good ideas turn into training videos, turn to project management software.

Trello is the perfect tool to coordinate writers, subject matter experts, instructional designers, producers, speakers and entire creative teams, whether they are on the same building / floor or around the world.

With eLearning video production, Trello lets you keep track of what needs to be achieved and who needs to do it in the pre-production, production, and post-production phases. It’s also a unique visual way to showcase throughput – the completion of goals, products, or in this case videos. To get the most out of your software, you need to define your phases and your team.

1. Make a comprehensive list of the steps in your production line, including:

  • Write down your learning goals
  • Scripting & script review
  • Storyboarding & Storyboard Review
  • Film any live action pieces for your video
  • Animation & animation review
  • Finalization

The goal is a clear phase and list that can trigger an action.

2. Inventory of the people involved in production and sorting them into teams

Every team should have an action on every stage or list. For example, when the learning objectives are met, the assignment card is passed on to the scripting team. Once the script is done, it enters the script review phase and so on.

At each stage, think about the tasks your team must complete in order for the stage to be considered “complete.” You then add the specific team members who are responsible for completing those tasks to the task cards. Trello will notify you of changes to the card and due dates by email. This makes it easy to see where the project is stuck and which team can resolve it if it comes to a standstill at any given point in time.

Choosing an experienced partner for your video learning projects

Sometimes an eLearning project is more ambitious than expected and you are not sure if you can get what you want with in-house talent. Then you should hire a professional. When you hire a professional company, there’s no need to spend money on licensing development software or equipment, no time learning new skills, and you can rely on their e-learning expertise to ensure that your videos meet the appropriate educational and accessibility standards.

Tips on Choosing a Knowledgeable Company

Prepare before searching

Don’t dive into Google just yet. Before you start looking for a video e-learning expert, you need to know what you are looking for. Establishing your criteria before doing a search will enable you to work with the best professional for your project. The most common criteria include the style you want for your video, the number of videos you want to create, your budget, and your timeline.

Make a list of candidates

Now that you have your criteria in hand, it’s time to make a list of experts. You can find them through word of mouth, trade fair websites, or using Google search.

Schedule in-depth interviews

Now that you have a list of potential video e-learning experts for your course, you can narrow the list down and reach out to the professionals who best match your criteria. Always request a phone call or video chat – you want to talk to them and get a feel for their business first. Someone can be an expert in their field and still not be the right addition to your eLearning project.

Ask for a quote

Next, get a quote from the video e-learning expert. This offer should not only contain the price, but also the services to be provided and a schedule for the project. You want to receive at least two quotes for your project so that you can compare them.

Request a sample

Requesting a sample is a must for strategic or high profile projects. You want to be sure that the company you are considering can make a training video in the style you want with the quality you expect. Working with the company on a sample will also give you a sense of what it’s like to work with them before agreeing to a long-term project. If they’re quick, capable, and dedicated, you’ve found the right company.


To create an engaging video, every step of the process needs to be taken just as seriously as the previous one. All of these little pieces work together to create content that drives the main learning objective. In the end, creating eLearning videos from pre-production to post-production can result in an incredible experience when it comes to connecting learners, teachers and material.

Download the eBook. How To Implement Video Learning And Animation: A Guide For Training Managers On A Budget To Unravel The Secrets Of Video-Based Learning For Your Business. Also attend the webinar to harness the power of microvideo-based learning content for your corporate audience.

eBook Publication: Ninja Tropic eLearning

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