5 Reasons Microlearning Videos are essential for Online Truck Driver Training

Microlearning Videos Benefit Employee Online Training

5 Reasons Microlearning is Essential for Driver Training

As a safety manager, do you ever feel overwhelmed coordinating safety meetings? From ensuring your training materials are correct to coordinating driver schedules and ensuring proper documentation, the task can be difficult.

This coordination is not only hard work, but it also takes time away from other business-critical needs. There is a better way though. Online training using microlearning courses eliminates many of the headaches safety managers can experience coordinating safety meetings.

Many companies have found switching to online training is better for them. It eliminates the need to track down drivers who missed an in-person safety meeting and is a method many drivers prefer over traditional training.

“Instead of having to pull drivers off the road for routine safety talks, they can receive updates on both timely topics like CSA BASICS, FMCSA, and PHMSA, and relevant topics like OSHA, either from their home-based computers or from laptops with internet connectivity.

Not only have the training programs been well received by our drivers, they have also helped increase productivity and equipment utilization, allowing the drivers to spend more time on the road and less time in the classroom.”

Douglas R. Carothers, Manager, EH&S Compliance Programs, Action Resources

If you’re not sure about switching to online training, consider five reasons why moving to a learning management system like Infinit-I Workforce Solutions is beneficial for your business.

1.      Short Videos Work!

Microlearning involves breaking training into small, easy to consume segments, and it’s a big deal in the e-learning world. Microlearning ensures information is retained better than traditional training tools.

Research shows that 58% of employees would use online learning tools if the content was shorter and easier to get through. This is because employees generally only have 1% of their work week to dedicate to training. That’s equal to 24 minutes a week.

Microlearning also results in better productivity, meaning better profitability for companies. Short videos to improve information retention means employees will better remember important safety information.

2.      Long Videos or Meetings Aren’t Effective

Our lives are full of distractions and attention spans continue to decline. According to a Microsoft study, the average attention span to keep someone’s attention is eight seconds.

While eight seconds is not enough to absorb any meaningful training, this shows that short, engaging content will better reach employees and be more effective. Research shows the best length for an e-learning video is 5 to 8 minutes.

3.      Video Works for Training

For those who grew up before the internet age, it may seem ridiculous to hear that online training can be as good as, or better than, in-person training meetings. Studies have shown time and again that online video training works though, sometimes even better than traditional training.

Companies that use online training, especially microlearning, are more likely to achieve organization goals. They are more likely to have engaged employees, better able to fill key positions internally, and have better employee retention. This means less disruption to company productivity.

4.      Everyone Has Access to Devices

According to the Pew Research Center, 97% of all Americans own a mobile phone, and 85% own a smartphone. This means it’s likely that all your drivers have access to a smartphone or tablet so they can complete training when it’s convenient for them.

Using a platform like Infinit-I Workforce Solutions enables your drivers to learn anytime, anywhere, on any device with an internet connection. The Infinit-I system has been designed to be compatible with every device. Drivers can even download the Infinit-I app on their smartphone or tablet for easier access.

5.      Drivers are Mobile; Training Should be Too

When your drivers aren’t on the road, you’re losing money. Taking drivers off the road for training meetings is counterproductive and an inefficient use of resources. Providing microlearning training videos drivers can use to meet their training requirements makes life easier for drivers and safety managers.

One client, Jay Winegardner, CEO of Truck One, said training his team is easy with the Infinit-I Workforce system. Winegardner said even his older truck drivers had very little trouble adapting to the online learning format. He said the vast 850+ video library allows him to customize the training into a perfect fit for his drivers.

Winegardner also said the Infinit-I system is the easiest way to consistently communicate with his drivers. The system’s process for adding user created content is simple, even for the most computer-averse executive.

Make Training Easier

If you are in the trucking industry and aren’t using a microlearning online training program, you are wasting time and money. Learning management systems, like Infinit-I Workforce, eliminate or reduce the need to coordinate in-person training meetings and streamline documentation so management’s life is easier.

Add to this the ability to improve CSA cores and insurability, which are consequences of using our training system, and it’s easy to see why Infinit-I is the #1 training system in the trucking industry. If you haven’t seen the Infinit-I system in action, schedule a demo today. You can see firsthand how our system can change the way you think about training.

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