We just wrote an extended blog post that explains the benefits of "chunking" your training materials and gives tips of how to do it. Click hereto read the extended article on chunking for training.
Otherwise, if you'd like a high-level overview and then would like to see an example of chunking applied to manufacturing training, read on.
The Bird's Eye View on Chunking Training Materials
Chunking refers to taking training material (during the design phase), breaking them up into little "bite-sized" parts, and then organizing them in a way that makes the material easier for your employees to learn.
Chunking is helpful because of how our brains work-in particular, the limits on our working memory to hold only about four bits of information at a time.
Although learners who are novices or experts in a given topic can each only remember about four chunks at a time, experts can remember bigger chunks.
You should arrange chunks within training materials in a way that makes it easier for your employees to understand and remember them. Some organizational methods include job sequence, dependent learning, cause and effect, and whole to parts, but there are more.
Chunking training materials begins at a high level--the entire curriculum, for example--and then works its way down through modules, lessons, courses, and screens (or similar sub-divisions of your training materials).
For example, consider our online Centerlining Methodology course and then give thought to how the various aspects of chunking, described below, will make it easier for your employees to understand this topic that they may need to know to perform their job well, efficiently, and safely.
Chunking Within Our Manufacturing Training Curriculum
Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.