In my last blog I shared with you my thoughts on what it’s like working with new software. This was just a brief insight into the emotions that come with learning something new and trying to make it achieve exactly what you want/need (I might actually expand on it one day). Here, I’d like to share my opinions on my favourite features within LumaOne. These are not necessarily thoughts shared by my colleagues but these are the four features that I enjoy using the most.
Live Polls and Multiple choice questions
This feature has to be one of the best, if not the best, simply for the fact this is how you can grind out a lot of your much-needed data with well thought out questions. The real power comes with being able to test or quiz your learners at any point in the video, this will not only increase the engagement but it will also ensure that learners have an increased level of concentration too. All results are tracked by LumaOne LMS and provide some rich data.
Have you ever worked on video projects where the additional documents (powerpoints, pdf, word docs etc) are as important as the video itself? Usually, you find yourself having to supply these files separately, through providing links or uploading them somewhere within an LMS so students/learners can download them. The slides feature within LumaOne is another powerful tool, you’re able to create a custom pop-up slider that allows you to upload images, add text, polls and various question types these are all itemised into a list which you can arrange in whatever order you see fit. The itemised content is all pulled together into this one pop-up which you can scroll through using the default left and right arrow buttons.
For almost anything that you are trying to make interactive, you will find that hotspots are integral to the navigation of the project. These are specifically designated areas which are usually highlighted with a coloured box or change in mouse Icon (clicking finger icon). As soon as you click this area a pop-up might appear, piece of video may play, you might jump to another piece of video. With LumaOne, hotspots are rather powerful, you can do the following:
Resume video: Assuming the video has stopped because an interaction has just happened when you click on the hotspot the video will resume playing.
Launch URL: When you click the hotspot you will be taken to either a new webpage or find that a new web page tab has been opened.
Show Text: This will reveal hidden text, either by clicking or rolling over the hotspot.
Show Tile: This will action for your tile to pop-up and supply you with all that much needed more information you created.
Pause video: Does what it says on the tin, pauses the video
Jump to frame: you can jump from a certain timestamp within the video.
As an ID you may find yourself working with content which is very condensed with information, a lot of which might be crucial and needs to be covered. In traditional forms of elearning, this can become problematic as you only have a certain amount of real estate (screen space) to work with, so the outcomes tend to be your pages will become more cluttered or you are forced to add more slides/pages, causing your document to become longer than you wanted. And when working with video, the constraints become harder because not only are you working with screen space, you’re also building the functionality around time codes and this can be quite limiting when trying to fit text on the screen.
LumaOne’s solution for this is Tiles, which is essentially a layer that pops up on the screen when the user triggers a call to action button “Click here to view more” something along those lines or when the video hits a certain timestamp. With these tiles, you have the ability to customise the background colour, set the size and position whilst adding certain features like Slides, text, animated bullets and more.
Whether these are truly the best features or not I’m not sure however they are definitely the ones I most like using. It really is a subjective choice and you might find yourself not agreeing with my choices and prefer to build your videos using different features.
Once again thanks for reading, signing out Gavin!