Using Video and Other Training Materials Over and Over Again Can Be A Problem! What can you do?
Recently, I was talking with an insurance Risk Control Manager about a dilemma in which she finds herself more often than she would like. The client wants her to conduct training on back injury prevention (pick any topic), and wants her to use a specific video in the presentation, because it is from their industry council or something like that. She’s always tries to talk them into using a new or different video, but they like the specificity of the content and examples.
So, imagine yourself as an employee attending this training and being forced to watch a video that you’ve seen 3 or 4 times. Bummer! Well maybe it doesn’t have to be so bad. If it could only be made more interesting.
This Risk Control Manager had some good ideas, games, thoughts when you are faced with multiple viewings.
1. Break into groups of 2 or 3. Tell the groups that since we’ve seen this video before, we will stop at the beginning of each section and make a list of the content we think will be covered in the next section. Then, after viewing the next section review the list to see how much of it each group got correct. Do the same with each section. Award points, and at the end the group with the most points wins a free soft drink or candy bar.
2. Using the same set-up as before with groups, start and stop the video at sections of content. After the first section, begin with a set of questions for the groups that are completely unrelated to the content, like: “What was the color of the narrator’s watchband?”, “Name the make of truck in the background.”, or “Do you think it was about to rain?” Hmmm. Maybe they will pay closer attention to the next section. For each video section thereafter, ask questions that are more specific to the video content. To help them transfer the content back to their specific job, provide examples that directly relate back to their work. Then mix it up, with specific work related questions and those that are off-the-wall, like the color of the forklift driver’s shirt.
Make it fun. Sort of a game where points are earned, and the most points wins a chance to leave work an hour early….. or the least points buys pizza for the next safety meeting. Be creative. The goal is to get the attendees to pay attention and to engage in the learning process.
What other ideas do you have that can make using videos and training materials over (and over, and over) again useful and constructive?