Not so long ago, we wrote an extended blog post that explained the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gave tips about how to do it.
In short, the need for chunking begins with the realization that human brains can “take in” only a limited amount of information at one time. As a result, trainers and instructional designers have learned it’s best to present information in a limited number of small, “bite-sized” pieces referred to as chunks.
You can click here to read the extended article on chunking and training.
Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to how chunking safety training can make the safety training at your workplace more effective, read on. We’ll give you all the basics and show you how we applied that information when creating our Arc Flash Safety course. You can then use those same tips when creating your own safety training.
At Convergence Training, we use chunking techniques when we design and create our e-learning modules. And that pays off for our customers because their employees learn the materials more quickly, readily, and effectively.
For example, we’ll look at our Arc Flash Safety e-learning course. There’s a short video sample of it below. Let’s consider how the various aspects of chunking will make it easier for your employees to understand this critical aspect of job safety.
When you create, design, and deliver safety training at your work, you can use the same principles and chunking techniques to make it easier for your employees to learn from the training, which will ultimately make them safer workers and give you a safer workplace.
As we noted earlier, the course is made up of a series of screens. Content is introduced in video format, and the video on each screen is quite short (typically 30-60 seconds).
For example, the screen in the sample below runs for only 38 seconds. During that time, it introduces only three points:
All of this makes it very easy for your employees to grasp and retain what an arc flash is and why they can be dangerous. When they’re fully understood and are ready for more, they can click a NEXT button to see another short video introduce another small “chunk” of information. And after a few screens like that, they’ll come to a practice test that allows them to review and practice with the information they just learned before they move on to the next section.
After reading the article, do you find that you already “chunk” your safety training? If so, what are some of your techniques?
Or, if you read the article and realized you don’t “chunk,” what are some things you might start doing differently?
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