21st Century Learning Trends and Innovations: Interactive Video

🕑 4 minutes read | Dec 20 2019 | By Becky Gendron

In our January “Experts Table” blog, Michael Noble, TTA Chief Learning Strategist, outlined two drivers underlying most of the trends we have on our list.

  1. Increased focus on the needs of specific learners and teams i.e. personalized learning
  2. Finding new and better applications for technology i.e. leveraging technology

In reading that blog I began thinking about driver 2; leveraging technology and began to jot down where I have found new or better ways to use current technology. Because I enjoy interior design, I labeled my list “Learning Design Remix.” I began to think of ways that I used current learning assets and leveraged technology to address the needs of our current or future workforce.  At the top of my list was creating interactive learning videos using current video assets.

First, let’s take a step back a bit and see why videos are a learning asset you want to keep or create.

Then let’s look at what interactive videos are and how you can create them.

WHY Video

A recent eLearning Guild survey and publication “Using Video for Learning” revealed that in the last 8 years the use of video in learning has more than doubled from 41.3% in 2009 to 92.4% in 2017.

Video is one of the most powerful training tools in our toolbox.


Two primary and interrelated reasons:

  1. Richer more engaging learning experience
  2. Provides access to learning anytime anywhere

These two reasons also support the needs of the workforce of the future.  As many of you know, it is estimated that by 2020 most of the workforce will be millennials AKA digital natives. This is the first generation to have grown up online. They have been exposed to online learning in grade school and college. So naturally, they expect a similar learning experience in the workplace.  In addition, working remotely has increased dramatically in the last decade.  According to a recent World Economic Forum report  working remotely is “one of the biggest drivers of transformation in the workplace.” In 2015, 4 million U.S. employees worked from home at least half of the time.

WHAT are Interactive Videos

I am sure you have, at a minimum, created videos on your cell phone. Let’s say you wanted to make that video more engaging. Let’s assume you work in a hospital and you created a video to teach nursing staff how to administer CPR.  You have them watch the video and assume they have obtained the knowledge they need to perform CPR. But how do you know?

Enter a use case for interactive video. Beyond being more engaging you can also “test” the learner to see if they obtained the knowledge you wanted them to have. Here is an example of how your CPR video could be redesigned to be an interactive video –

There are a lot more use cases for interactive video.  Two of the most common and easy to implement include:

  1. Inactive tests/quizzes to validate knowledge
  2. Text annotations to reinforce messaging

Here is a video that outlines 30 use cases, using a variety of technologies, to get you thinking about your “Learning Design Remix”  for videos:

HOW to Create Interactive Videos

If you determine that interactive video meets your learner’s needs, I would suggest that using some free or low-cost technologies to get started. Get some feedback from your learners and then iterate again to continue to improve upon and/or enhance interaction.

Here are three resources to get you started.

  1. YouTube

First, upload your video to YouTube- For a video * on how to do this see:

Then use YouTube Creator Studio Video Manager to add questions to your video using “cards”

  1. H5P – Free open source

Create interactive flashcards, videos, timelines, and more.

  1. Storyline 360, Storyline 3

Use the variables feature to create a test, personalize, and/or track progress within the video

As training professionals, it is important that we look at future trends associated with our profession so that we are ready to address the learning needs of our current or future workforce. Doing a “Learning Design Remix” of your current videos to make them interactive is just one way to leverage a current learning trend to create more engaging and on-demand learning resources.

I hope you enjoyed this brief introduction. Let’s continue learning more about the interactive video by contributing to this community!

Please post your comments, questions, and ideas on how you have or will use interactive video in your organization.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

*YouTube Academy Videos play best in Google Chrome


Dr Gravel TTA About Dr. Carol Gravel

During her career, Carol has held senior leadership roles in HR, OD, talent management and learning. She has been invited to present at numerous international conferences such as the Oxford University Global HR conference and the International Online Learning Consortium conference.   She has been published in several peer reviewed journals as well as several international professional publications. In addition, she has architected, designed, developed and taught numerous classes at several universities.

Carol holds a Doctorate in Education, Master’s in Education, Bachelors in IT, and a graduate certification in project management from George Washington University. In addition, she earned her SHRM-CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is the President Elect for the Association of Talent Development (ATD) in Research Triangle Park, NC.

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