Eleven Guidelines for Video Software Tutorials


April 12, 2023 - 12:00 PM


April 12, 2023 - 1:00 PM

Eleven Guidelines for Video Software Tutorials

Wednesday 12 April 2023; 12:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern time (GMT -4)

Instructional videos are a widely-used tool for teaching people how to use software. In 2013, van der Meij & van der Meij suggested eight guidelines for the development of instructional videos for software training.  Since video production techniques and features evolved and studies improved our understanding of the characteristics of effective instructional videos. In this webinar, we would like to present our revised and extended version of the guidelines to you.


In this webinar, you will learn about the eleven guidelines that we recommend you bear in mind when choosing or creating instructional videos for software training. We will exemplify the guidelines through a number of real-life video examples. In addition, we will describe the broader developmental context in which the design guidelines are embedded.

Attendee Takeaways:

This webinar provides attendees with a clear overview of the revised and extended guidelines. The guidelines are grounded in theory and/or empirical research. New guidelines include information about how to present procedural discourse, the video narrative, video reviews, and when to give background music. Furthermore, we explain when a narrator’s presence can be beneficial for learning.


For current CPTC certificants: This webinar provides 2 CEUs for recertification, in the Content Development, Organizational Design, Visual Communication, and Content Management core competency areas.

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