What Really Matters in the Flash Debate

Published by   John Parsons on Aug 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Technology companies should serve the needs of the end user, even when it’s hard to do.

In a recent TechCrunch article, LiveRail’s head of client services Vijay Balan posed the familiar “Flash is Dead” argument, using some unnecessarily harsh rhetoric (i.e., “the upcoming Flash-pocalypse.”) As expected, this stirred up a snarky debate between partisans of Flash and HTML5.


The Secret to Scenario-Based Learning

Published by   John Parsons on Aug 5, 2015 9:30:00 AM

eLearning Applications for Interactive Video

Earlier this year, Viddler commissioned an intensive research survey of learning and development (L&D) professionals. Our goal was to better understand their views and priorities on the subject of interactive video in workforce development.


Categories: Blog, Interactive Learning, eLearning, Interactive Video

eLearning Evolved Part 6: Pick your path and RUN!!!

Published by   Darryl Rentz on Jul 30, 2015 10:34:40 AM

OK, it’s go time. You have all the pieces (the video, the hosting, the platform), but integrating video can be as “easy” as cloning dinosaurs from fossilized DNA! As you begin to create and cultivate your video workflow, there are several moving parts that need to be taken into account.

Find Your Path

It’s time to decide which direction your video will take: 

  1. Is video a vital component of your training or simply a helpful tool?
  2. Is your training content for sale to the public or used internally to enhance employee behavior?
  3. Is it strictly for compliance?
  4. Is it an avenue for collaborative, internal staff communication?
  5. Is it meant to onboard clients?

eLearning Evolved Part 5: Which Video Platform to Use?

Published by   Darryl Rentz on Jul 28, 2015 10:35:00 AM


Not all video platforms are created equal; each one brings its own unique strengths. Picking the best one for the job is no easy task.

It’s easy to say YouTube is the best simply because it’s well known and free, but the logic doesn’t factor in other characteristics, some of which can be a major disadvantages. Here’s a breakdown of the big video platforms and their benefits.


eLearning Evolved Part 4: The Video Life Cycle

Published by   Darryl Rentz on Jul 21, 2015 8:51:12 AM

Just like every velociraptor starts off as a tiny egg before turning into a ferocious, tourist-hunting machine, video goes through its own lifecycle to become a valuable tool for communicating and connecting to your learning audience.


Is Flash Dead? Or is the Venerable Web Technology “just resting”?

Published by   John Parsons on Jul 17, 2015 9:42:00 AM

Like the infamous Dead Parrot, the Adobe Flash plugin is at the end of its viable life cycle as a Web technology. Recent disclosures of exploitable bugs in Flash—plus this week’s decision by browser developers at Mozilla to disable the plugin—have accelerated the trend away from Flash in favor of HTML5 for Web video and animation. Even Adobe’s beautiful plumage (in the form of HTML5-based output from Flash Professional) cannot disguise the fact that Flash is increasingly viewed as an unnecessary security risk.


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eLearning Evolved Part 3: The Correct Video Selection Type

Published by   Darryl Rentz on Jul 16, 2015 9:14:39 AM

The Correct Video Selection Type

So far, we’ve covered why video is the best choice for learning and when to use it to teach. But we haven’t covered everything. For example, look at the brontosaurus. Did you know that the brontosaurus isn't an actual dinosaur?* As the skeleton was being constructed, it was composed of incorrect bones! Just as it’s important to put the right bones in the right places, it is just as important to put videos in the correct places. We would argue that is it time to address the two-ton T-Rex in the room: how can I make the correct video selection type?

Show or Tell: Should I Use Text or Video?

Published by   Darryl Rentz on Jul 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Show or Tell - Should I use text or video?

The debate between show or tell has existed since prehistoric times. But how do you know which one to choose?

Let me explain. Imagine someone rushing down the street, completely lost and running late for a special showing of Jurassic Park. He stops and asks you for directions to the movie theater. In this situation, you have two options: tell him, explaining the directions, or show him, opening Google Maps on your phone, complete with exact street names and distances—and even push the directions to his smartphone.


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eLearning Evolved Part 1: Why Should I Use Video?

Published by   Darryl Rentz on Jul 9, 2015 11:50:00 AM

Why Should I Use Video?

Has one of your favorite books ever been turned into a movie, only to leave you disappointed? At some point, you'll have the “book was better than the movie” experience.

The reason is simple: While you were reading, your mind was busy filling in the blanks with your imagination. You took the abstract words from the page and created your own world, complete with your unique characters, places, and scenes.

Even though it’s the same book, no two people will have the same “imaginative experience.” Instead, It's your own unique experience.


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What IS Interactive Video, Anyway?

Published by   John Parsons on Jun 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

When someone uses the phrase, "interactive video," what do they mean? The answer may surprise you.

Online video has been with us since the early 2000s. As popularized by YouTube, the ability to watch videos on demand is part of our digital culture. But what are people actually doing when they watch that inspirational clip? Press the "Play" button? Maybe adjust the volume or go to full screen view? Nod and share it on Facebook? If the player is little more than a tiny TV, then the video experience is "flat" or passive in nature (even if the video itself is interesting).


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