Retrieve Technologies video based instructor training, rGuides, can supplement and in many cases replace Instructor Led Training (ILT).
Others in the market have video training or eLearning but it is missing the human element. We found that training which does not capture the instructor – the real person doing the teaching – is not engaging and effectiveness is suboptimal. Student attention spans are shorter when they are not engaged. It is often said a picture is worth a thousand words and video is worth ten thousand.
A Stanford University study suggests video based learning provides additional creative ways to encourage learning action and improved outcomes. For example consider learning how to build a Microsoft Excel auto sum calculation. Is the goal to (a) show, (b) explain the instructions, (c) recognize the act of doing, (d) wanting to learn more about it? Video may accomplish all of the above. It is a better medium. Moreover, our rGuides have assessment and certification tools where the user can; (1) answer text based question, or (2) demonstrate the proficiency and speed of users Excel capability by returning a video sample. So rGuides can certify that the student received the appropriate training and has developed a real proficiency in the subject.
We need faster, fresher content with lower costs. The biggest challenge in the digital revolution is that content needs to be built at an increased rate of speed. Staying current with how you change the clock in your car, find new company procedures, complete on-line filings, work with new software, etc. is becoming more complex. In the new world the rate of change is occurring so quickly that the information repository is not able to keep pace. If we are building the old way with text it takes too long, and subsequent transfer of speech to text for the user to read only lengthens the process.
In today’s world we need technology which allows for rapid creation of content so we are able to efficiently retrieve up-to-date information anywhere and anytime. Today with video, we can capture that same information in a shorter, more concise manner. For example, on average we found that:
- a 60 minute video could equal 150 pages of textual based information
- 150 pages of text took 15 days to produce, and
- 60 minutes of video took 3 hours to produce
Others in the market produce video in expensive studios, with big author royalties and it typically is slow and costly. We changed that paradigm, as our training is from professionals but with iTunes or App Store pricing. With video, there are times you want to watch the whole hour and times you want to watch just a short piece to get the information needed. We are moving from a text-only-based world to a video information based consumption approach.