Training thousands of professionals in any manufacturing business is a true organizational challenge. Conveying practical information usually means classroom training, which tends to be very inefficient. Even creating understandable trainings digitally can be difficult and time-consuming given the complexity of the subject matter, but also the fact that those who create the trainings are often not the ones who have the actual know-how. Nevertheless, eLearning videos can be a powerful tool to master the challenge and greatly reduce time and costs, if you find the right tool.

We’ve compiled 10 reasons why eLearning is the right method to increase productivity and quality in your manufacturing business.

1. Visual learning is one of the four main learning types. There is no workplace without it. We use visual learning every day when asking colleagues for an answer and watching them solve a problem. Alfred Bandura, world-renowned Canadian psychologist, calls this type of learning “social learning,” because it includes social aspects as well as knowledge acquisition. eLearning videos preserve this social interaction while also increasing attention rate. This format not only caters to visual, but also auditory learners.

2. Video-based learning increases employees’ mobility and flexibility. As opposed to classroom trainings, digital content can be available anytime anywhere. They can be viewed via laptop, tablet or smartphones or be present at so-called “learning stations.” Simply place a computer in your manufacturing facility and let your employees access trainings on demand.

3. The latter is especially conducive to continuous learning. Contents are accessed exactly when they are needed. By attaching QR codes to the machines on your manufacturing floor, you can enable employees to access trainings about the functionality of those same machines even more quickly.

4. “Microlearning” is also easily implemented using eLearning videos. This is when knowledge is provided in very small units that specifically answer a single question so that the learner doesn’t need to invest much time. Through short trainings or chapter segmentation in longer videos, employees can acquire the exact piece of knowledge they require to solve a specific task. Thus there is no need to drag your team members away from work for a day or even several in order to be trained.

5. Videos can be paused, sped up or slowed down, or they can be watched several times. This way each employee can adapt them to his or her own learning speed.

6. Videos are a great platform for audiovisual storytelling. By conveying knowledge through stories and the combination of text, illustrations and sound, it can be much better absorbed and processed. This way, knowledge doesn’t stay in short-term memory. Employees and companies alike will profit from these sustainable learning effects.

7. Interactive videos create a realistic learning experience and increase the learner’s attention. In addition, quizzes can help ensure and document learning progress. This is especially relevant for safety trainings and is also a good means to boost quality.

8. Besides offering the actual content, you can link to similar or additional material. This way, employees can access background information directly, which makes their learning packages even more custom-sized.

9. Training videos can easily be created by any expert in your company. Sharing knowledge isn’t something just a few people can do. Anyone can share implicit knowledge with their co-workers. What is more, this isn’t just true of knowledge. Faulty processes or broken parts of a manufacturing machine can be easily recorded and documented. This makes reporting and analysis much easier.

10. Where it’s difficult to get colleagues excited about presenting their knowledge in front of a group of people, self-produced eLearning videos are a good solution. They can be recorded alone using a webcam, or even live on the manufacturing floor.

SlidePresenter offers an innovative knowledge transfer solution that anyone in your company can use to produce videos within minutes – whether for machine trainings, safety briefings, onboarding, development or reporting.

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