One of my Facebook friends recently posted this NASA article about the meteor shower over the next three days (Aug 11-13, 2012): http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/10aug_perseids/
The meteor shower sounds very cool, but I noticed something else, too. The design of the article could be used in one of my training projects… and it’s simple but neat.
Linked in the article is a YouTube video of the written article. I read the article first, and then I clicked on the video for it. I recognized the article was the narrative of the video after just a few moments. The video was really good, too. It’s about 3.25 minutes and is interesting and well done.
Here are the things I love about this style:
- It’s printable.
- It gives a user options for their experience (Do I want to read or watch the video?).
- It is multi-sensory – audio and video combined made a comprehensive experience.
- It’s simple to design and build – for the most part, at least 🙂
- It reduces a lot of the technical risk associated with eLearning. It’s simply HTML.
- It’s already mobile-ready!
It could be disappointing to read the article first and then click on the video – only to find out it’s nothing different than what you just read. I really didn’t mind, but it did make me think about it. If I use a style like this for some parts of my training program, I would probably add a note to the top of the page, indicating what to expect. Would it matter to you?