By Steve Bowman
Online and interactive technology has ushered in new ways
to train employees.
convenor Alan Wright commented that
he was glad the room was not full of
For business the benefits are twofold:
Productivity savings in having less
downtime assigned to training, and
savings on travel and accommodation
associated with running training
courses and renting training rooms.
More importantly, training is
delivered in a consistent format
across all locations, and wireless
e may well see the demise connectivity where needed solves
W of the training room in the
workplace. The whiteboard
many of the problems.
The trainee is far more engaged engineers and technical people, as he
replaced the blackboard and sooner when learning at their own pace, would have had to hire a truck.
than you think the majority of training and the assessment process is Phone applications can be
will be delivered online, be interactive more comprehensive and thorough. applied to so many essentials of the
and much more focused. In designing new media training work environment. It becomes so
That’s the view of Alan Wright, packages, the authors are able to easy and reliable to refer to safety
head of new media training at structure the learning similar to a procedures, emergency information
RMIT University in Australia. Wright game, using animations, diagrams and reference information on a
has a 20-year background in the and alternate scenarios that make phone screen. That can be linked
delivery of compliance training in the this a good experience. to reporting and help lines that
transportation and mining sectors. RMIT University ran a two-day broadcast the situation and activate
His work involves him consulting for workshop in conjunction with Mac response in just seconds.
That is where our personal phone
technology is today; who knows what
The whiteboard replaced the blackboard and, sooner than the next wave will bring. Mac iPad will
you think, the majority of training will be delivered online, take us deeper — and every