Having a button to enable whether watching the video is mandatory before moving on to next slide.
Hi Beatrice Matei,
This is a request I receive often when assisting coworkers in setting up courses and I always envision scenes from A Clockwork Orange. I have used SCORM to set timers on slides to prevent users from being able to skip ahead regardless of if they choose to watch the video or not. Even if we require viewing, set timers, or lock the course down like Fort Knox, we don't control an individual's attention. If you're using Arc you can actually see if users are viewing the video, skipping the video entirely, or skipping ahead. The specified item was not found.
I've had better luck using incentives like telling the learner that there will be a quiz question or 5 about what was in the video, etc. or hiding an Easter egg like a secret contest. Just some ideas you can use today.
I hope this helps,
I totally understand the A Clockwork Orange reference and I agree forcing people to watch videos doesn’t mean they will actually do it instead of just letting the video play in the background.
I am already using ARC and wasn’t familiar with SCORM yet, will definitely have to look into it because it sounds like a good solution!
As much as using other course building software is great, having this feature as part of Bridge is a must have. We moved over from World Manager which had this feature and assumed it would be available. I look forward to this getting approved.
Mandating videos won't necessarily suit all, nevertheless the functionality to turn this on or off within the course settings would be valuable.
It would be beneficial to our organization to have this feature implemented. We have many courses that are mandated training through State departmental agencies. Helping us to ensure all material has been covered and guarantee this to our governing bodies would bring us peace of mind.
Although some points were given here that I can appreciate, I think the idea of forced video watching is instructionally flawed. I know that sounds harsh, and I don't mean any disrespect for those that are for it, but if people aren't watching the videos in a course, there is a deeper reason that should probably be addressed through better solution design. This is what I encourage of my clients when they suggest forced video watching. I suggest that maybe we use simulation, scenarios, follow up questions, metric tracking, or other methods to ensure the message was received.
I also consider it from a learner perspective...would I appreciate it if someone forced me to watch a 15 minute video (or even a 2 minute video)? What if I already understand the concepts? I would feel frustrated. I don't want to do that to my learners.
When I see things like this, it suggests to me that we are looking at training as a solution to problems. I would submit that training is not a solution - it is a resource that accompanies a solution to help the solution be implemented smoothly.
I could not agree more! This would be forced playing, not forced watching/listening/comprehending. I typically provide a transcript of all videos anyway. Some learners prefer the text to the video. Why should they have to watch the video if they read the script? If a feature were added, it would definitely HAVE to be a toggle so it's not a forced viewing for all videos.
I too experience the issue of videos being bypassed. Sometimes it is due to the learner using IE and the video not opening and being bypassed, and sometimes it is willful. I agree with Joshua Pope that there is a deeper issue going on and there needs to be another check in place.
When a learner fails to pass the test and get locked out, I look at the the time they spent in the course before resetting them. If they have spent less time that the video takes, I let their supervisor know prior to resetting them. Of course, the flaw in the software still shows them as complete, so it is a periodic manual review that I have to do.
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