June 24, 2013

The reasons for selecting video-based learning are myriad. Most importantly, video-based learning significantly increases retention and improves on-the-job performance. No other training choice can rival it for results.

The unique strengths of video-based learning go back to the earlier days of laser interactive videodisc (IVD) and CD-ROM and have continued today with those specific e-Learning programs that are rooted in full motion video and optional word-for-word audio.

My friend and co-Founder of ITC, G. H. Kaiz, wrote a paper more than two decades ago that continues to bear relevance today. The following are a few of Jerry’s suggestions that can help you get the maximum value from your video-based training initiatives:

Engineer Training

  • All too often  new graduate engineers are strong in theory but lack practical experience.  Yet these people are asked to write  procedures, monitor equipment performance, design new systems and inspect  maintenance activities.  By using video-based learning. your engineers  can quickly get the applications experience they did not get in college.

The Missed Class

  • Trainees sometimes miss classes, and the use of one-on-one instructor to trainee      time is extremely costly as a make-up solution.  Video-based learning offers a more affordable alternative for picking up those students who missed classes or couldn’t be scheduled to attend.

 Multicraft/Cross Craft Training

  • As “right-sizing” of the work force continues at the plant level, each worker needs to be able to do more — either with expanded capabilities within a given craft or the ability to handle multiple craft  assignments.  Video-based learning can ensure “home craft” competence and then expand into a second or  third craft area.

Just-in-time Training

  • In a typical training program, the delivery is front-end loaded so that the training an individual needs is completed prior to job task assignment.  The trainee is expected to remember everything covered in that initial training.  However, the reality of the situation is that the skills knowledge that isn’t used on a regular basis is only partially remembered.  By having a library of video-based materials available, information and simulation can be readily accessed as a refresher.  In many ways the video-based courses become job aids, assisting in the performance of assigned tasks.

These and many other benefits are yours with video-based learning. You’ll be constrained only by the limits of your imagination. Full motion video with optional word-for-word audio gives you the best investment your organization can make in today’s learning environment.

More on Wednesday – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder
ITC Learning   (Mondays & Wednesdays)