We just wrote an extended blog post that explains the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gives tips of how to do it. Click hereto read the extended article on chunking for training.
Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview and then would like to see an example of chunking applied to manufacturing training, read on.
The Bird’s Eye View on Chunking Training Materials
- Chunking refers to taking training material (during the design phase), breaking them up into little “bite-sized” parts, and then organizing them in a way that makes the material easier for your employees to learn.
- Chunking is helpful because of how our brains work-in particular, the limits on our working memory to hold only about four bits of information at a time.
- Although learners who are novices or experts in a given topic can each only remember about four chunks at a time, experts can remember bigger chunks.
- You should arrange chunks within training materials in a way that makes it easier for your employees to understand and remember them. Some organizational methods include job sequence, dependent learning, cause and effect, and whole to parts, but there are more.
- Chunking training materials begins at a high level–the entire curriculum, for example–and then works its way down through modules, lessons, courses, and screens (or similar sub-divisions of your training materials).
An Example of Chunking Manufacturing Training
At Convergence Training, we use chunking techniques when we design and create online workforce training courses. And that pays off for our customers because their employees learn the materials more quickly, readily, and effectively.
For example, consider our online Centerlining Methodology course and then give thought to how the various aspects of chunking, described below, will make it easier for your employees to understand this topic that they may need to know to perform their job well, efficiently, and safely.
Chunking Within Our Manufacturing Training Curriculum
- The course is just one part of our Principles of Manufacturing series of online courses.
- That is just one part of our Operations & Industrial Maintenance library of courses.
Chunking Within the Centerlining Course
- The entire course is only 24 minutes long, including the content screens, practice questions, and course-ending test.
- The course is composed of multiple screens, each quite short.
- The course includes practice questions every few screens to review new material.
Chunking Within the “Nelson Funnel” Screen Within the Centerlining Course
The course itself is made up of multiple screens. Each screen includes either a short video, practice questions, or a test question.
The screen in the sample (below) runs for only 31 seconds and explains only a few things:
- The Nelson Funnel
- How marbles move through the Nelson Funnel
- The relation of the Nelson Funnel to a manufacturing process that’s running “in control” (see more about 7 Basic Tools of Quality here)
All of this makes it very easy for your employees to understand process variability, processes that are “in control,” and the importance of not varying processes needlessly.
The Wrap-Up on Chunking Your Manufacturing Training
- Chunking for Safety Training
- Chunking for Mining Safety Training
- Chunking for Paper Manufacturing Training
- How to Chunk Training Materials
For more about manufacturing training, check out any of the following articles and resources:
- 6 Steps for Effective Manufacturing Training Programs
- Free Manufacturing Training Guide
- Better Manufacturing Training (Free Recorded Webinar)
- How We Make Online Manufacturing Training with 3D Visuals
- Onboarding New Manufacturing Workers with an LMS
- Blended Learning for Manufacturing Training
- Training that Helps Employees Acquire Basic Job Knowledge
- Helping Workers Acquire Basic Job Skills and Perform Standard Work Procedures
- Training Manufacturing Workers for the Next Job in Line of Progression
- The Past, Present, and Future of Manufacturing Training
- Helping Manufacturing Workers Become More Engaged, Creative, and Innovative
- Helping Workers Develop Problem-Solving Skills
- What Is Lean Manufacturing?
- Lean Manufacturing and Training: A Look at TWI
- Lean Manufacturing Word Game
- Manufacturing Safety Training Tips
- 5 Manufacturing Safety Topics
Manufacturing Training from Scratch: A Guide
Create a more effective manufacturing training program by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.