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Contextual Asking and Answering of Questions During a Recorded Training Audio or Video Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236361D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-22
Document File: 5 page(s) / 213K

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Disclosed is a system that provides a means to address the interaction gap that exists between an audience and the presenter or developer of recorded material. The mechanism allows a user that is watching a recorded video or listening to an audio recording to ask a question to the presenter or other viewers at the point in time in the recording when the question occurs; therefore, the question is answered immediately and in the proper context, better facilitating learning.

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Contextual Asking and Answering of Questions During a Recorded Training Audio or Video

As companies work to reduce travel and training costs, the options for having an instructor teach in front of a group of students have been severely reduced. Organizations and individuals do not want to spend the time or money to attend an information session at a physical location if an equivalent alternative is available. Some training has shifted to distance learning, the online version of a classroom. In many cases, however, this approach has challenges. From a global perspective, the range of time zones sometimes makes it impractical to conduct live training sessions over the internet.

Due to these and other factors, recorded training sessions (e.g., audio only, audio

with slides, video, etc.) are increasingly prevalent. A significant drawback to the

recorded event is that the element of interaction is lost. Some current methods can increase interaction with the recording itself, such as click-able items and built-in quizzes, but while these help from an attention perspective, the approaches do not actually allow the interaction to occur as it does in standard instructor led training.

The solution addresses this interaction gap and increases the value of the recorded content. The novel contribution is a system that provides a mechanism by which participants/users can not only ask questions with contextual information from the recording, but also see questions asked by other viewers at the relevant point in the recording.

The system for asking and answering questions within the context of a recorded training session provides features for navigation, review, and question submission.

A search and jump capability enables the user to quickly locate relevant information within the recording and queue recording to that point. The user can review a submitted question summary, which shows previously requested questions and

answers, and, when relevant, at what point in recording those occurred. During the recording playback, the user can initiate asynchronous dialog with the presentation owner to get further clarity. Using a recording pointer as an attribute, the user can ask a context-sensitive specific question of the recorded statement or material currently in the display. Concerning previously asked questions, the system prompts the user at the appropriate time in the recording, along with reviewer rankings of "likes", to motivate current reviewer to examine question contents. For recorded classes, the system provides a feedback mechanism to the presentation owner and enables its integration into the recorded work to improve value. The system also provides enhanced subject matter references. Submitted questions may indicate the need to expand references to related material; the presentation owner can use this feedback to improve the learning value of the broader subject matter.

Unlike current methods, these components add value to content, rathe...