Want some great tips for creating effective paper manufacturing training materials? We just wrote an extended blog post explaining the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and giving tips of how to do it.
Click here to read the extended article on chunking.
Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to see how chunking can make your paper manufacturing training materials more effective, read on below. We’ve condensed the main parts and provided some examples specific to the paper manufacturing industry and paper manufacturing training for you.
You might also be interested in our guide to online training for paper manufacturers.
Paper manufacturers face a series of difficult issues these days. For one, they have to compete with overseas producers who manufacture paper with lower labor costs. For another, they’ve got an aging workforce and the need to quickly “train up” new replacements that are young and bright but also inexperienced.
We have customers who have told us that it has typically taken 30 years to train a new hire to fill a high-level paper machine operator job. Faced with the challenges above, paper manufacturers realize they have to condense this training cycle. And that’s why it’s increasingly important to turn to the field of instructional design when creating training material for this industry.
Instructional design is the study of how to design, create, and deliver the most effective training materials. It’s based not just on things that people did in the past or “things my teachers did in school.” Instead, it’s based on a scientific knowledge of how the brain works to process, store, retain, recall, and use information (known as cognitive science). Even better, instructional design is backed up with studies, evidence, and statistical data (see the classic book Evidence-Based Training Methods by Dr. Ruth Colvin Clark for an example).
One instructional design technique based on an understanding of how the brain works is called “chunking.” We’ll explain it briefly, below, and show an example of chunking put to use in our online training libraries for pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated manufacturers.
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, consider our Lime Mud Washers e-learning course (which is one title in our Paper Manufacturing course library) and consider how the various aspects of chunking, described below, will make it easier for your employees to understand this critical paper manufacturing technology.
The screen in the sample (below) runs for only 23 seconds and explains only a few things:
All of this makes it very easy for your employees to grasp and retain how the lime mud washers work. If they want, they can watch the video again to review the materials before advancing to the next screen. This gives them the ability to direct their own training–a key adult learning principle, and another example of instructional design techniques we use in our paper manufacturing training materials.
Chunking is just one of many “aces in the hole” that Convergence Training uses to create more effective training materials for paper manufacturers. Our learning management systems (LMSs) were created in close consultation and are used by leaders in the paper manufacturing industry. Our e-learning courses feature unmatched realistic 3D graphics and were constructed using techniques from instructional design like the chunking we just discussed, or the inclusion of process training for better employee problem-solving and troubleshooting. And we have in-house paper subject matter experts to help you design custom training solutions of your own.
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