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How to Assess Whether You Need an Interactive Multimedia Video Induction - or Not

As a safety manager or trainer responsible for inducting contractors and new starters, there comes a time when you realise your current induction won't do.

Either it takes too long, or you feel it's less effective

- and you're now considering getting an Induction video to replace as much of your powerpoint as possible.

In that case, the next question to ask is:

> should I get an Induction Video?


> should I get some form of interactive multimedia to do the job, something more controllable than a video?

What is an interactive multimedia induction

An interactive multimedia video induction is one where you show video clips interspersed with tests, quizzes or safety games with drag & drop answers and safety incident images.

In this way each block of learning is validated, as you go.

Whether this is done one-to-one with the inductee sat at a PC, or you engage a full room of contractors, the principle remains the same.

You engage them with tests & quizzes, as you go.

This way you ensure they really do understand your safety message.

Additionally, you probably run different versions of your induction depending on the audience.

For example, a new starter needs a much deeper induction than a telecoms engineer just visiting for the day.

For example, if there's been an incident involving driving, then you may want to run a Vehicles Onsite Refresher for everyone.

How to tell whether you need an interactive induction - or not

Let's start with your existing induction powerpoint.

Broadly there are 2 kinds of induction powerpoint:

1 - where the majority of the slides give hard information for the contractor or new starter employee to remember

2 - where the majority of

the slides are about attitude and behaviour, and less about the about rules of being onsite.

Let's look at these in more depth and see what we can discover about you.

Or check this training multimedia page for samples and technical details.

1 - If your induction slides are mostly about rules ....

If your powerpoint fits into this category, then most of your slides will be concerned with site access, ppe, permits, emergencies, site risks, site rules and the environment.

Is this you?

In that case you need a straightforward induction video to replace your ppt slideshow.

2 - If your induction slides are mostly about behaviour ....

If this is you then your powerpoint will be:

> quite long, maybe 50 slides or more

> full of exhortations, tips and examples of unsafe behaviour or actual incidents

> full of sections where you continually test the audience with snap feedback & questions during the induction.

If this is you, then you need an interactive multimedia induction.

What are the advantages of an interactive multimedia video induction

There are 3 main advantages:

1 - It's interactive, engaging and has much greater impact on the audience.

2 - It delivers validated learning. Not some perfunctory test, but real learning that is remembered, validated and applied every day at work.

3 - It's flexible and can be adapted to any sort of inductee audience, whether contractors, new starters or site visitors. And it can be adapted to give special focus to some modules, or omit others, ie, you can change your induction package according to the situation to hand.


> it'll probably reduce the time you spend on inductions

> it can be integrated into your Learning Management System - LMS

> It can be offline or online, and will work on a tablet as easily as a PC.


If your induction is concerned as much with motivation & safe behaviours, as it is with teaching the rules, then interactive multimedia video may be just what you're looking for.

An interactive multimedia will engage to a much deeper degree than a powerpoint or simple video.

Your audience will prefer it. They'll learn better.

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