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.
The Importance of More Effective Paper Manufacturing Training
Paper manufacturers face a series of difficult issues these days. For one, they have to complete with overseas producers who manufacture paper at lower labor costs. For another, they’ve got an aging workforce and the need to quickly “train up” new replacements that are young, bright, but 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 Paper, Pulp, Tissue, and Corrugated e-learning libraries for paper manufacturers.
Convergence Training is a training provider that makes a series of learning management systems (LMSs) for importing, creating, assigning, delivering, tracking, and reporting on training materials of any type. In addition, we make hundreds of e-learning courses, including courses on paper, pulp, tissue, corrugated, health & safety, manufacturing, and more. We’ve even got apps for mobile devices. Contact us for more information.