To be successful, an organization needs managers and planners who can see the potential of the changes taking place throughout the organization — and, utilize that potential toward meeting company goals.

And, a successful company needs skilled employees at many levels in order to implement changes, incorporate new technologies, and keep systems operating.

How does an organization acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenge of change?

Through training! And, specifically, through multi-sensory media training!

With multi-sensory media, learning takes place almost entirely through interaction and involvement with the courseware. The capabilities of multi-sensory media make information come alive for the trainee, thereby making the learning process more interesting to the trainees, and holding their attention longer. Even trainees with poor reading skills can learn effectively with multi-sensory media.

The result is increased trainee comprehension and retention of the information presented.

With effectively designed multi-sensory instruction, information is presented in short segments. Trainees must demonstrate that they understand each concept and learning objective before moving on to the next. In addition, in well-designed courses, trainees receive immediate feedback and positive reinforcement as they progress through the training program. The concentration must be on the “need-to-know information.”

Because the training is conveyed through realistic video and graphics, combined with optional audio, it’s easy for users to transfer the information from the screen to the job.

The philosophy behind well designed multi-sensory media is “performance-based instruction.” Trainees learn by seeing, in real time, the skills being performed. Then, they can practice performing those skills via interactive simulations to fortify what they have learned. Finally, their knowledge is tested, again via interactive simulations of the real world activity. This constant practice helps increase learning and job performance.

Multi-sensory media training — you just can’t beat it!

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— Bill Walton, Founder of ITC Learning