What is Filmbook?

Film + Book = Filmbook®

Well, that sounds simple, doesn’t it? And the Filmbook concept is simple.

Filmbook is a new mobile learning platform that synchronizes film, text, pictures and questions.


Filmbook is based on four learning principles:

1. Film provides context: Moving pictures of people doing things in realistic scenarios are inherently more effective in conveying overall context than long passages of words in a textbook.

But it’s not always easy to get everything out of the film by just watching. You may get the context, but the detail is another thing.

2. Text connects the dots: Typically, if there is text connected to the film, it’s going to be in a separate document. That’s the way just about every LMS is set up.

Filmbook takes a different approach. A Filmbook instructional designer writes within the context of the film sequence.

Written passages, when broken into small steps and synchronized directly to the film sequences they describe, provide detailed instructions and theory—the how and the why of what you’re watching.

3. Pictures draw a roadmap: And when creating a Filmbook class you’re also curating images.

Think storyboard.

Storyboard [Merriam-Webster]: a panel or series of panels on which a set of sketches is arranged depicting consecutively the important changes of scene and action in a series of shots (as for a film, television show, or commercial).

If a storyboard is essential for making a good film, then why wouldn’t it also be useful for understanding that film?

In a Filmbook class, sequential still images—curated for narrative effect—highlight critical inflection points in the film to create a mental roadmap for the learner.

4. Questions drive learning: As every experienced one-one-one teacher knows, the act of asking a question is essential to focusing the learner’s mind on what’s most important.

In a typical LMS, quiz questions appear at the end of the film and are intended to assess what’s been learned.

In Filmbook classes, questions appear throughout the film to drive engagement and learning by highlighting the key moments in the film as they occur.

Why Filmbook?