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How to Create Navigation in Educational Videos

| December 18, 2018 | 4 min read
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Navigating on a video’s timeline is a time-consuming task (especially if the video is longer than 6 minutes). The longer the video, the more difficult it gets to find and navigate to certain content sections precisely.

Therefore, Learnworlds’ inner experts figured out several ways, with which you can make video easily accessible in minutes. Being able to control the video access is significant because a viewer might want to jump to another desired part of the video rather following the pre-given route or watching portions of video they are not interested in.

Interactive buttons are great to allow navigation inside a video
Interactive buttons are great to allow navigation inside a video

Let me show you four ways I apply this in my courses with Learnworlds’ Interactive Video Player.

Adding clickable buttons

I usually add clickable buttons with which viewers can avoid watching a specific part of my video. I simply set the time they can immediately jump in. Likewise, I add buttons so that users can navigate directly to the beginning of a previously watched part. This type of navigation, according to Meixner and Gold (2016), is called Graph-based navigation – a navigation in the underlying graph from scene to scene.

Why do I apply this method?

According to research, when the learner is able to skip specific portions of a video the cognitive effort they must make decreases because they don’t have to watch the whole video to get the answers they want.

Adding clickable images

With Learnworlds’ new clickable images I can now create beautiful overviews of my videos’ sections and provide the possibility of choosing the desired one at the beginning of my video. I just have to find the suitable pictures for this job and write down the starting time for each of the sections.

You can create an appealing table of contents using clickable images
You can create an appealing table of contents using clickable images

Adding a table of contents

Another great feature I am excited to use is the Table of Contents. A table of contents provides quick access to time-related sections inside a video. Each section comprises a meaningful unit that is summarized in the section heading. To showcase you an example I used Thomas’ Hank video “How to Ace a Job Interview: 10 Crucial Tips”.

With a table of contents users can now easily navigate to any video section they like
With a table of contents users can now easily navigate to any video section they like

What’s the great thing about it?

Users can get an overview of what the video is about and also navigate by either clicking on the headings of the content table or on the timeline’s bookmarks (you can choose which of those elements will be visible).

But, just let me show you how easy it is actually to create this table. In the video editor I simply click on the pulse button on the timeline at the specific point I want to add your bookmark. A list appears in the right side of my screen immediately. I set the exact time of my bookmark from there, write its heading and even change its appearance. Like that, it’s done!

Here is the video on how to create a table of contents with the Interactive Video Editor:

Our editor makes it super-easy to create a table of contents

There is another special benefit in the table of contents:

People see the crucial information of my videos (through my headings) and also memorize them easily. This type of navigation, as far as I know, is called Second-layer navigation. And research has also shown that:

When a learner is able to navigate freely in the video content, they can more quickly link its multiple ideas together and therefore, achieve deeper learning.

Adding feedback with navigation

Last but not least I let users navigate after an answer to a question inside the video. I choose the specific video point I want my viewers to jump in after choosing an answer. The benefit of this feature is that false answers can lead to a repetition of a whole section the learner didn’t understand that well. This way I support their mental structures.

If a student answers wrongly to a question you can lead them to the corresponding video part where the question is explained
If a student answers wrongly to a question I can lead them to the corresponding video part where the question is explained

So, that are four methods which I constantly use and you can also apply to make your videos navigable and your audience better learners starting from now!

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Course Designer & Content Creator at LearnWorlds

Anthea is a Course designer and Content Creator for the LearnWorlds team. She holds years of experience in instructional design and teaching. With a Master of Education (M.Ed.) focused in Modern Teaching Methods & ICT (Information & Communications Technology), she supplements her knowledge with practical experience in E-Learning and Educational Technology.

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