Interactive training multimedia don’t just show or tell your workforce how to do their job better.
The whole process is designed to involve the individual, with the key word being “involve”.
Confucius can take the blame for this, with his famous quotation:
Tell me, and I will forget.
Show me, and I will remember.
Involve me, and I will understand. (Confucius, BC 450)
Most training and safety managers would settle for just the “remember part” these days, considering the newly emerging statistical data that clearly indicates
– not just how much of training is forgotten,
– but how appallingly quickly it’s forgotten.
We hear figures like “50% of training is forgotten within 7 days”. Some sources place this as even higher.
Which is quite a dispiriting knock for the average training manager trying to do his or her best with limited resources.
Which is where interactive training multimedia comes in.
Interactive training multimedia works by involving people interactively with their training, forcing them to understand if they want to progress through their course.
What exactly is interactive training multimedia
At its simplest it’s a slideshow which can be:
> online as html5
> or offline, in a proprietary format.
But now take this slideshow and add:
– voiceover, video demonstrations, video interviews, captions, moving charts, explanatory diagrams, drama scenes, animated cartoons, photographs you’ve taken, interactive graphics, music, sound effects, and anything else you can think of.
All of a sudden, you can start to see an engaging-looking screen in front of the trainee’s eyes!
And for anything to happen, they have to keep clicking, answering questions, operating picture quizzes, doing visual tests, putting ticks in multiple choice boxes, and whatever else makes the process a two-way street and not a one-way monologue.
You give. They give.
That’s involvement. A two-way street.
And it’s a long way from the Powerpoint monologue.
Using interactive multimedia video training
Here are some of the ways you could use interactive multimedia video training:
> Training new recruits in job skills
> Inducting contractors on remote construction sites
> Retraining of existing staff in new technology, new policies or new operating methods
> End-user training, showing your customers how to get the most out of your product or service
> Motivating bored process operatives to adopt safe behaviours
> Offering distance learning for when close supervision isn’t possible
> Operating a virtual classroom for managers who can continue learning at home or in different work locations. Think “hot desk solution”.
> Creating “customer care situations” for retail colleagues to test themselves out on.
The training multimedia back-end payoff
It’s not enough just to train. Actual learning has to be demonstrated.
So with interactive training comes interactive validation, so no one can complete a course without a clear pass or fail.
And not just notional passes. You can make the tests as hard and as interesting as you like.
And these validated results can be automatically uploaded to a learning management system (LMS) for a permanent record in HR’s database.
Interactive multimedia video training gets people involved whether they want to or not.
This involvement means the training stands a much better chance of being remembered 6 months from now.
It has numerous applications in any business or organisation with ongoing training requirements.
It automatically integrates with your backend LMS, if you have one.
Interactive multimedia training works better than any powerpoint monologue.