It’s as Easy as A and VThe power of A/V technology has been roundly demonstrated in many industries and in many settings. For years, its capacity as a training implement has been accepted, and most corporations have transitioned to a reliance on audio and video solutions for their training purposes. The question isn’t whether or not A/V solutions are appropriate for an advanced technical training center, but what exactly those solutions should look like. There are plenty of approaches, to be sure, but there are a handful of A/V technologies that are considered a must for effective training. Here is what they look like and how they can be utilized:
1. Presenting the material – Boiled down to its essence, training is about delivering information from trainer to trainee. Some distant day in the future, perhaps this information will be wired directly into a person, but for now, instructors will have to rely on media to make their points.
Material presentation is the key cog in the training process. If instructors fail here, then they fail completely. For that reason, companies have every reason to give their instructors powerful tools for engagement and clarity.
Crisp, vibrant digital displays are universally regarded as a critical tool for this purpose. Ultra-HD displays can produce beautiful imagery and bright colors. And when it comes to digital display hardware, the ongoing shift is one to LED. LED displays are exceptionally efficient and long lasting, making them a strong long-term investment. LED displays can perform with little quality loss for many years, even when continuously operated. The current expectation is about 50,000 hours for an LED produced by a reputable manufacturer, but that number is likely going to climb as the technology is honed.
It’s a good idea to set up multiple displays in a single training room for maximum visibility. This way, an instructor can walk around the room while speaking without fear of blocking any viewing angles.
2. Make the presentation dynamic – Digital displays should be considered the minimum for an effective training space. They do their job well in keeping people focused and in delivering information in an organized fashion. But companies can go further in this regard.
Interactive displays are not new pieces of technology, but they have been improved upon radically in recent years. In their earliest iterations, interactive displays only provided a fraction of the usability that they do now, which is why they are quickly making their way into schools and offices worldwide. They serve an excellent purpose for instructors as well, as interactive displays allow a presenter to navigate through their material from a distance, play media with a single gesture, jump to the internet to find supplemental information or produce instant response quizzes to gauge trainee comprehension.
Interactive displays manufactured by a reputable brand, like CleverTouch, are also built with impressive software suites, which can assist instructors in better forming and delivering their content.
Finally, companies can invest in several interactive displays and use them for small group training. Each group has a display that they can operate, allowing those groups to train at their own pace. This approach may require more of an investment up front, but its capacity in keeping people engaged is unmatched.
3. Forge connections – If the instructor must always be in the room, then there are obvious limitations on how training is handled. This may not be a concern for a business that only has a single location, but for national or multinational corporations, shuttling around instructors can be an expensive and frustrating layer of organization.
An effective solution to this problem is video conferencing. Video conferencing is another one of those A/V technologies that has radically improved in recent years, and with proper planning, equipment selection and installation, video conferencing is perfectly capable of extremely crisp video and audio quality, while maintaining high frame rates.
As image and sound quality are no longer barriers to video conferencing, it’s now possible for instructors to be piped into training rooms all over the world. Companies can hybridize their training in this regard too, in that they can have a general trainer on staff at every company location, while the more experienced trainers are conferenced in. The general instructor keeps the session moving along and introduces presentation material, and the advanced trainer is brought in for a brief time to relay major concepts.
And with video conferencing, a single training session can reach out to multiple training centers, exponentially increasing an instructor’s impact across the entire company.
4. Be heard – Improved audio can make immediate gains in instructor effectiveness and training retention. And it’s not expensive to make those improvements. The addition of amplifiers, audio controllers, microphones and speakers form the backbone of an audio solution, but it’s how integrators configure and arrange that hardware that makes the difference. Experienced integrators are experts at gauging the acoustics in a space, which enables them to accurately model an audio system. The result will be an instructor that can be heard more easily and with more clarity, so trainees can focus more on taking notes or following along instead of straining to hear.An advanced technical training center is where people and technology come together. And what better way to create an environment where technology is celebrated than with A/V solutions? They promote the right image and the right environment for getting acclimated to new technology, and they offer companies a wealth of options in how they deliver that training.