To be most effective in building skills, and improving learning/retention, it’s been shown that training should be highly visual. Why?
Information reaches the brain from our senses in different proportions. Taste, touch and smell come in at less than 6% and hearing is at 11%. Sight, however, accounts for approximately 83%. So, while training should appeal to as many senses as possible, sight, or more specifically, high quality visuals, such as 3D models and motion graphics, are key.
In fact, modernizing your training using rich media can even present advantages over live training. Let’s look at 5 key ways that happens.
Illustrating Things That Are Too Dangerous to Film or Demonstrate in Real Life
Animation allows you to create a video that shows something that would be too dangerous to film or watch in real life. For example, watch the short sample of the online Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety training course.
Showing “Hidden” Views
Another thing you can do with animated videos and 3D graphics that you can’t do with a normal video is show something that would ordinarily by hidden from view (and from a camera) in real life. As an example, view our online Metal on Metal training course sample. This hidden view makes it much easier to understand how to use the slide hammer and what it’s actually doing.
Presenting “Break-Away” Views
Another benefit of animated training is that you can show a “break-away” view that explains how the different pieces of something fit together and what each piece is. For example, consider this sample from an online Steel Erection training course.
Presenting Extreme Close-Ups and Zoom-Ins
Animations also allow extreme close-ups and “zoom-in’s” that help explain concepts. Take the sample from this online Mold Awareness training course as an example.
Illustrating Abstract Concepts That Are Difficult to Explain or Visualize
Animation can also be a very powerful tool for explaining abstract concepts that are otherwise hard to explain or understand. For an example, check out the sample from this online Forklift Safety training course, and note how it visualizes the “stability triangle.”
Bottom line. Using 3D graphics and animation bring important educational concepts to life things. Show things like a cross-sections of a pipe, the inside of a working machine, or high-speed mechanical components, for instance. And then, make it mobile for the final touch, ensuring your training is readily available as reference material.