401 Improve Users’ Video Experience with Interactivity

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Thursday, November 17

Video & Media


While linear video is a preferred method for learning, technologically speaking it has not advanced much over the past few decades. Now, linear video has started to incorporate interactive annotations, which have greatly improved users’ learning experience. Adding interactive annotations becomes easier each year.

This session will cover the various ways to add interactive annotations to your videos, including YouTube, HapYak, Captivate, Articulate Storyline, etc. You will learn how these different technologies compare to one another and see how easy it is to add interactivity with platforms such as YouTube and HapYak. You will also learn interactive video best practices for the five most common interactive annotations and the values they offer video users.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About various technologies available to add interactivity to your videos
  • About the pros and cons of these technologies
  • How to add the five most common interactive annotations to your video
  • Best practices for these interactive annotations
  • About the values these interactive annotations offer your users
  • How and why others like you are using interactive video in their businesses

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
YouTube, HapYak, Captivate, and Articulate Storyline.

Cass Sapir

Production Director

HapYak Interactive Video

Cass Sapir, a production director at HapYak Interactive Video, is an Emmy-nominated educational documentary producer, videographer, and entrepreneur. At NOVA/WGBH Cass was responsible for multiple phases of production including concept development, story research, national and international production planning, and management and science writing. Cass was the lead researcher and coordinating producer for numerous NOVA documentaries including The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Big Energy Gamble, and NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Are Animals? Cass currently leads all in-house video production for HapYak Interactive Video where he advises numerous corporate, higher education, and other large organizations in developing and executing an interactive-video strategy.

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