One of the advantages of computer based testing is the ability to use multimedia files.
From a technical perspective the inclusion of video clips is not a problem. Almost all vendors of computer based testing solutions will offer this in some shape or form. There is a variety of low-cost tools that will allow you to place your videos online and embed them your test.
YouTube offers a simple, reliable and cost-efficient way of embedding video in your test.
By default YouTube videos are public, which means that anyone can watch them.
Keep this in mind when you include video in a test.
The use of video complements the candidate experience and it can add flavour to formative tests. In regards to summative tests you want to be more careful. It is important to establish that candidates who have already seen the video before the test have no advantage over those who haven’t.
YouTube offers the option of making a video unlisted.
This means that only those people that have the link to the video can view it. Unlisted videos don’t show up in YouTube’s search results unless someone adds your unlisted video to a public playlist.
A good alternative to YouTube is Vimeo. Vimeo Plus or Pro subscriptions are very affordable (approximately $60 or $200 per year respectively) and offer features such as video password protection, domain-level privacy and advanced views statistics. Furthermore you can add your own logo to the video player – a nice touch!
Consider this when using (online) video:
- What is the impact if a candidate has already watched the video before the start of the test?
- Do you have the rights to use the video in your test?
- Is the bandwidth sufficient for all candidates to view the video simultaneously?
- Can YouTube, Vimeo or another video player be accessed from the test station?