Midwest Biodiesel has had a rough year for safety. Executive management hired a training vendor to create a safety training program. The goal is to train all employees as quickly as possible and reduce accidents to zero. The training vendor will work with the subject matter experts on each piece of machinery to create standard operating procedures (SOPs) for safe operation of the equipment. The SOPs will be incorporated into eLearning modules using eLearning with short videos illustrating safe operation of equipment and assessments to measure learning at the end of the module. Remediation will be provided when assessment questions are answered incorrectly. Employees will complete the training in the Learning Management System (LMS). Supervisors will determine the courses required for each employee to ensure the correct courses are reflected in the LMS. Finally, supervisors will administer an on the job test to ensure proper operating procedures were mastered. The assessments should be administered on a yearly basis to ensure continued correct performance.
The two online strategies mentioned above are interactive videos and assessments. Videos satisfy several criteria for selecting media as mentioned by Simonson, Smaldino, & Zvacek (2015): videos provide accurate and technically correct demonstration of standard operating procedures in an unbiased fashion. Schwan & Riempp (2004) cite a study in which interactive videos – those which learners can start, stop, rewind, and replay – may accelerate skill acquisition. Harrison (2015) found that video alone could be confusing and students required a progress indicator. The online assessments with remediation will show students their progress. According to Di Challis (2005), self-assessment allows learners to “form a reasonable judgement about the extent to which they have met certain criteria and standards.” Once the learner has completed the modules with the required videos and assessments as specified in the LMS, he or she should be well prepared to take the practical on the job skill assessment given by the supervisor.
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