There are some foods that should just never be combined. Chief among them is the abomination that is mint chocolate. It’s the tyrant of chocolates, the curse of confectionary, the Trump of treats.
Hear me out. I’m not a gastronomic heretic. In fact, after reading my explanation you’ll hail me as the Prophet of Patisserie – and eLearning.
The ‘innovative’ flavour of mint chocolate combines the contrasting experiences of eating chocolate and brushing your teeth. Now who has ever brushed their teeth and thought “This would be way more enjoyable if they added chocolate to the mint flavour!” Nobody. That’s why you can’t get mint chocolate toothpaste at your corner shop. It’d be gross and we’re not all utterly mad. Yet somehow the opposite is accepted by many poor victims of this confectionary crime.
For many years eLearning and the construction industry have been seen by some as similarly ill-suited. The hands-on, practical nature of the construction industry is seen to be at odds with the corporate sensibilities of eLearning.
However, significant changes within the construction industry and innovations within online training have meant that this match has the potential to become as unexpectedly excellent as the combination of chilli and chocolate (if you’ve not tried it yet then you must!).
I believe that within a few years, aspects of the construction industry that don’t have or do online training will fall behind as a result.
Here are 5 compelling reasons why eLearning can make life taste better for the construction industry.
1. Reduce logistical headaches
Geographical factors restrict who can do which training and when. The logistical and financial headaches that these factors cause can be effortlessly avoided with multi-device, mobile eLearning. This means that the trainee can access their training anywhere, on any modern device, at any time.
2. Avoid a scandal
Late last year a joint BBC London and Newsnight investigation uncovered a string of corrupt practices - such as cash for licences and rigged exams - at a series of industry test centres. This allowed incompetent, ignorant and dangerously unqualified workers to enter sites and endanger their colleagues’ and their own lives. Online Training can make it nearly impossible for this sort of cheating and corruption to happen.
a. Training Analytics
If a user decides to cheat in their final exam or gets some extra ‘help’, then we can compare their exam results with their performance during the module and online quiz. If there’s a discrepancy between the two – such as they scored poorly for hazard awareness in the module but nail those questions in the exam – then it would be picked up immediately.
b. Facial Recognition and Online Identity Verification
Let’s suppose a trainee decides they’d rather pay someone else to pass the exam for them. With facial recognition software or online identity verification you can guarantee the identity of the individual throughout the module and the exam. So if the person sitting the exam is not actually the same Buildy McBuilderson who completed the module then he won’t be allowed to take the exam.
3. Audit trail
Being able to prove that a worker has completed the relevant training is vital in an industry where heavy machinery is used daily and work at height is required. With eLearning you can easily demonstrate that a worker completed the proper training, when they did it, how long it took, which content was covered and – if it’s part of a blended solution – which trainer taught them (find out more about the LMS behind these insights here).
4. Reduce the number of industry fatalities
In the past 5 years, 221 construction workers have died in the UK – that’s more than the number of members of the armed forces killed during the Afghanistan war (see the source here). The next 5 years can tell a different story if the switch is made to eLearning.
The best classroom trainers can make even the dullest of material come alive, but not all trainers are created equal. With eLearning you can guarantee a consistently engaging course every time. Engaging modules that incorporate gamification, stories, and challenges can mean better training and higher retention. Better trained workers mean fewer accidents and fatalities.
5. Be an industry leader with Virtual Reality
If you want to gain an edge over your competitors and increase your training’s ‘wow’ factor then you want to look at incorporating 3D models and environments into your eLearning.
For most eLearning this is still a very expensive and impractical pipe dream or is limited to a single location, but at Bolt we’re committed to bringing you the tech of tomorrow, today. We have developed Virtual Reality and 3D capabilities and will soon be able to offer immersive 3D environments and interactive 3D models as part of our course development. This means we can create interactive 3D environments in which people can safely practice the skills they will need in real life.
So why not let Bolt be the chilli to your chocolate?
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