Jonathan DeVore

By: Jonathan DeVore on February 21st, 2023

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What to Include in a Foundational Video For Employee Training (5 Tips)

Do your new hires feel overwhelmed during training?

It could be because you are giving them too much information too quickly. 

Building your employee training curriculum is like building a house — you need to lay the foundation first. Only, instead of cement, your training curriculum is based on explaining the context.

Without context, your trainees won't be able to retain the most important information. The context helps new hires understand the big picture before getting into the details. 

With the Find & Follow Training Framework, we lay the foundation with "foundational courses." One of my favorite ways to prepare foundational courses as the Head Consultant at ScreenSteps (a knowledge ops company) is by creating foundational videos.

How do you create a foundational video? And what do you include in it?

Watch this 2.5-minute video for five tips on how to create foundational videos for your training program.

5 tips for creating foundational course videos

When creating foundational courses, keep these five tips in mind:

  1. Use analogies and comparisons
  2. Focus each video on a key idea
  3. Stay out of the weeds
  4. Don't wing it!
  5. Make it visual

Watch the short video above for a more detailed explanation of the five tips.

Save time and improve consistency with foundational videos

It takes time and planning upfront to create foundational courses. In the end, your training videos will help you build a repeatable training program that provides a consistent learning experience and saves your trainers time.

ScreenSteps uses the Find & Follow Training Framework, which includes foundational courses, practice scenarios, and digital guides. With a ScreenSteps knowledge base, you can create digital guides faster. Then end-users can easily access those guides during training and on the job.

Want more direction on how to create foundational courses?

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 1 pm EST. Can't make it? No problem. Sign up and we'll send you the recording after the webinar is complete.

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