February 15, 2016

For organizations in the process and manufacturing industries, applied technical competence is the basis for increasing productivity and quality while minimizing downtime and re-work.

The IOP (Institute of Physics) describes competence as:  “’the ability to perform activities to the standards required in employment, using an appropriate mix of knowledge, skills and attitude.’ All three aspects must be present if someone is to be effective in the workplace. To improve competence you need to increase not only your knowledge, but also your understanding of how that knowledge can be applied; your skill in applying it; and the attitude to apply it correctly.”

 Effective training is the path to successful applied technical competence.

For process and manufacturing companies, knowledgeably designed, multi-sensory media instruction will give you the best results.  Such courses use workplace situations and terminology, providing an atmosphere of practicality for the employee.

As we have well learned by now, more than 40% of our workforce does not comprehend anything written above a 4th grade reading level.  Rather, the learning culture of their individual lives has, most often, centered around smartphones, tablets, computers and television screens.

Instead of disparaging these technology devices as a learning evil, insightful individuals have adopted the multi-sensory experience of full motion video, audio, graphics and stills to enhance the learning experience for everyone.

In spite of this awareness, both well intentioned trainers and less responsible vendors have converted their written procedures and PowerPoint presentations into an e-Learning environment and, mistakenly, labeled it “training.”

Not true!  Not even plausible!  That type of e-Learning is “information” at best (and, only for those who read well) — and, charlatanism at worst.

Multi-sensory learning is the best choice for increasing your employees applied technical competence.

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



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