Chunking Manufacturing Training: How to Help Your Employees Learn

chunkingWe just wrote an extended blog post that explains the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gives tips of how to do it.

Click here to read the extended article on chunking.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 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 Wire Rope Basics e-learning course (which is one title in our Health & Safety training library) 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 and safely.

Chunking Within Our Manufacturing Curriculum

  1. The course is just one part of our Cranes and Rigging series of courses.
  2. That is just one part of our Operations & Maintenance library of courses.

Chunking Within the Course

  1. The entire course is only 26 minutes long, including the content screens, practice questions, and course-ending test.
  2. The course is composed of multiple screens, each quite short.
  3. The course includes practice questions every few screens to review new material.

Chunking Within the Screen

The screen in the sample (below) runs for only 31 seconds and explains only a few things:

  1. What a core is
  2. What a strand is
  3. What a wire is

All of this makes it very easy for your employees to grasp and retain this information about wire ropes and how it relates to rigging.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. Jeff has worked in education/training for more than twenty years and in safety training for more than ten. You can follow Jeff at LinkedIn as well.

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