“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
 ― Albert Einstein

Imagination is the single catalyst that drives creativity.  One of twentieth century America’s leading scenic artists, Robert Edmond Jones, defined that process most appropriately when he wrote, “Imagination is the faculty for realization.”

No one can create anything meaningful unless their imagination can already foresee that created object or concept realized in their own mind.  And so it is with the Troubleshooting activities in your facility.

Imagination is not fantasy.  Fantasy is inner-directed, while imagination lets us envision worlds outside ourselves.  And, if we are going to fully grasp today’s learning culture transition, we will only do so if we can exercise a genuine imagination, which can empower us to see into the future of learning.  A future, incidentally, which will be essential to economic advancement around the globe.

So, where is the fit?  Next to a brilliant trainer, visual-based media can go a long way in stimulating your trainees’ imaginations.  Yes, e-Learning that is built around video and optional audio or graphic animations embedded in creative gaming and simulation programs are your best answers — if effective — and, efficient — troubleshooting is your goal. 

Quoting from the article, “Factors Affecting Technological Trouble Shooting Skills” by Dr. Robert T. Howell that appeared in the Summer 1998 issue of JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL TEACHER EDUCATION:  “The identification and subsequent reinforcement of characteristics associated with successful technological problem-solving are particularly important to the industrial teacher educator.  Studies have concluded technological problem-solving is a key tenet of higher order thinking (Lavoie, 1991; Waetjen, 1989) and that technological problem- solving is, by definition, rooted in real-life or authentic domains (Custer, 1995).  Technological problem-solving encourages creativity, ingenuity, and inventive thought processes.  Inventiveness, creativity and the ability to ‘think on one’s feet’ are hallmark employee traits desired by employers and entrepreneurs.”

Training that is based on “real” industrial scenarios showing real plant equipment and using real plant personnel in a real troubleshooting environment can do just that —- as long as full motion video and/or creative animations are the basis for that learning.

Imagination will fill in the rest!

“The Possible’s slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination.”
         ~Emily Dickinson

More on Monday  –  –  –

  — Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning
August 22, 2018  (Mondays & Wednesdays)


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