Written or Video Based Tutorials


Tutorials can be presented as both, a learning method and updating one's information. There are simple and easy tutorials for basic processes or complex and complicated for difficult procedures.



Written tutorials

A written tutorial is a document explaining the task in a step by step format. It's either available online for download or could be printed on a page. They're also embedded in the software as Help manuals. The knowledge provided is descriptive in nature and gives procedural details. Written tutorials can be used reference guides for a particular problem.

To engage the learner, we can present the tutorial in the form of a story, adding images, narrative text and music. A PowerPoint presentation with graphics and sounds tends to make an interesting tutorial. Feedbacks and short quizzes may also be included on the tutorial to gauge learner response.

Written tutorials are generally prepared as PDF, Word or PowerPoint documents.

Video based tutorials

Video lessons are the most promising way of instructions. They engage the learner in all-around real life scenarios. These tutorials are extremely interactive. They train the learner to answer a given situation by simulating a process onscreen or presenting a video on it. Video tutorials are often for a short duration. They generally tend to cover a specific process within a span of five to quarter-hour.


Video tutorials get the learner active in the tutorial. The learner has the choice to manage the speed of the training by making use of controls on each page.

Training videos are generally created in Adobe Captivate® and Camatasia Studio®.

Advantages of Video tutorials over Written tutorials

Based on the above information it's evident, video tutorials can be a notch up over written tutorials.

• It is much easier to interpret information if you notice it rather than see clearly.

• It is simpler to understand directions when somebody is guiding you through, rather than thinking just what it may look like in mind.

• The instructions written by a real person do understand to understand.

• From a business viewpoint it creates a personal touch as being a person is talking with the person.

Written tutorials: A good view

For all the advantages Training videos have, written tutorials do have some positive aspects.

• Many users would want to keep the document being a quick reference inside their desks.

• The controls for the video tutorial take some time to getting used to, when compared with a step by step procedure over a written document.

• An itemized document is less scary completely to another user as opposed to a video tutorial.