Explaining Things: A Fun Video Example


Every so often, when we see some effective training material during our daily lives outside the office, or when we see something that explains things nicely, we like to share it here.

Some years ago, we found the video below from a story on the National Public Radio (NPR) website about an informational video that explained a physical process. The video was created by a college student named Dan Quinn. Mr. Quinn has a YouTube channel where he publishes videos he creates, and one is a really interesting piece on why wine “cries” in a glass.

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We returned to this video today for a couple reasons.

First, because it’s an interesting topic and a well-done video that’s worth five minutes of your time. You’ll learn a little about wine, a little about science and surface tension, and you’ll get some clever ideas for creating videos for learning. For example, I liked the example with water, pepper, and laundry detergent, and the analogy about the escalator with a brick wall at the top, both of which effectively made abstract scientific concepts concrete.

And second, as video, video-editing skills, high-speed Internet connections, and mobile phone use all become increasingly common, it’s easy to imagine an employee at a company (or the trainer) uploading a video like this into the on-demand portion of their LMS to help explains concepts and processes at work (well, maybe not about wine, although that could be true at a winery). Although you’d rightly expect a lot of the employee-uploaded, on-demand videos in an LMS to focus on how to perform specific job tasks, you can also imagine that videos like this one could be useful for explaining things like manufacturing processes.

Our only disappointment about this video is that it’s about wine “crying” and it ends with a song that’s not “When Doves Cry” by Prince (of course, this video was shot quite a while before Prince’s recent sad passing). But that’s a small quibble and an unfair criticism given the timing. And since we’re talking about Prince, isn’t that opening guitar riff in the first few seconds of “When Doves Cry” amazing?

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. Jeff has worked in education/training for more than twenty years and in safety training for more than ten. You can follow Jeff at LinkedIn as well.

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