Fruit Test 2

Every Day is a School Day

Apart from enjoying the challenges of trying (successfully I hope) to create engaging eLearning courses the actual content can be informative.

Recently I have been working on environmental health, cosmetic surgery, health & safety, new employee on-boarding and broadcast engineering.

But the most interesting has been Mental Health in the Workplace. Not only worthwhile (and topical) but very informative – and it has given me some excellent pointers about how to approach friends and colleagues who may have challenges in this area.

I wish it had been around when I was working in the City – way back when. It would have changed the way I dealt with things. #mentalhealth #elearning #courses #wellbeing #wellness #mindfulness #mentalhealthawareness

Making sure your new hire is a success

On Boarding and Employee Orientation designed by Digital Technology Training (DTT) is cost effective, scalable and flexible. It standardises the process is trackable, and can incorporate tests, reports and analytics.

For a short example follow this link: https://digitaltechnologytraining.com/on-boarding-and-new-employee-orientation/

Research has shown that up to 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for at least three years after a great onboarding experience.

You have spent time and money finding the “ideal” new hire which scenario does your company offer?

Scenario 1:

Your new colleague arrives at reception and is met by an unfamiliar face at reception, directed to their new department or desk with a hundred-page employee handbook safely tucked under their arm. Do they read it? Do they take all in? How do you know?

They follow instructions on how to sign into their email, they find instructions from their new boss (who they haven’t seen since their interview) and get started on their job.

Not a good look for the company…

Scenario 2:

Your new colleague receives a slick, pre-printed welcome pack on their first day. A knowledgeable and friendly mentor eases them into their new work environment and gives them a guided tour of the office. So far so good;

Then, in their own time, they are expected to work through the company’s orientation manual.  Do they read it? Do they take all in? How do you know?

Better than scenario 1 but – it’s all a bit hit and miss.

Scenario 3;

Prior to joining your new colleague receives an email welcoming them to the company with a link to the company’s online, eLearning based On Boarding module.

This resource will be available on demand and become an on-going point of reference where your new colleague can learn more about the corporate culture and their job responsibilities and refer back to when necessary.

Learning Curve

Finally I think we (DTT) are in a position to begin releasing into the wild the first of our eLearning modules for broadcast engineers and technologists beginning with Broadcast IP workflows, Lenses, Exposure and Apertures and Mobile & 5G.

However as a result of the whole process I am beginning to appreciate the accuracy of some oft repeated “truisms”…

The 80/20 rule for instance – when I embarked on what has turned into a mission – the development and delivery of eLearning modules for broadcast engineers and technologists I didn’t really appreciate the complexity of what was involved.

What have I leaned?

It does indeed take 80% of the time for complete the last 20% of a project.

In my case recording the VO should be done earlier in the process so the re-versioning of the graphics etc. doesn’t mean so much upheaval.

That powerpoint is a much more flexible tool for creating graphics, animation etc. than I appreciated, and there are some very good resources out there that more creative people than me are willing to share – and thankyou to them for that.

In a similar vein there is a wealth of knowledge and support for Storyline 360 out there on YouTube and the like – and again a shoutout to them for making my life so much easier.

So from happily sitting in a diner in Birmingham 15 months ago happily saying “Oh yes, I want to create a portfolio of eLearning for broadcast engineers and all I need is the content” and thinking that that was it – well that meeting was something of a Joycean epiphany.

Having now learnt to create and author eLearning with all the triggers, edit timelines and zooms and so on. Commission and edit Voice Overs combine with music beds, edit out (and insert) some words and phrases missed in the original version and create graphics and animations – yes I know this is all basic stuff to you gifted creatives out there – but to me it has been a learning curve as steep as a Pyrenean Col.

What have I learned?

There are some people out there who are very generous with their time and expertise sharing their knowledge on various social media platforms.

I understand better why many of the video and audio editors I have met are the “strong and silent” type.

Why content creators tend to be slightly mad…

But perhaps for me the biggest takeaway is just how bright you have to be to become, and succeed as a broadcast engineer. I have spent months going back and forth with NMOS, Forward Error Correction, IP workflows, SMPTE 20xx, PTP and so on and so on… and now better understand the complexity of taking a picture of some chap kicking a football or dancing the tango on a Saturday night and delivering it to a screen near you…

Chapeau to you all!