As we contemplate creating a mini-curriculum about Renaissance literature, it would be well to see how YouTube is being used to create interactive educational videos.
My first big realization here is that we have to get past thinking of a video as a presentation of content. It can and should be at times. But to make interactive videos, you have to think of each video in terms of an invitation, a direction, or a call to action. In other words, the entire video is focused on the proposed interaction. This means that longer content can be broken down into segments that allow for some kind of response from the viewer.
Viewer interactions are made possible by clickable links to other videos, and these happen via the annotations feature on YouTube (see the image).
I've also learned that you have to plan out the connections for your video in terms of decisions:
One can create narrative, "choose your own adventure" style interactive video series. One can also create games, or conduct quizzes.
My main sources:
- Interactive Educational Video - Guidelines (from Tube Teaching)
- How to Make an Interactive Lesson Using YouTube