by Desiree Schnoor
Need to know how to roast garlic, build a compost bin, change the oil in your car, or repair your dishwasher? You find a how- to video or tutorial online. Why should technicians at manufacturing plants assembling cars, complex medical devices, or military aircrafts be any different? The effectiveness of video learning over text learning has been gaining wide attention and acceptance in education, business and other industries over the past decade. Now, Virtual QE, a quality engineering company, is bringing their Video Work Instructions to U.S. manufacturing.
If you are like me, choosing to watch a video instruction over reading a manual or other written text instruction is a no-brainer. Speaking of brains, not only do we prefer video because of the familiarity and accessibility that the digital age affords us, but our brains actually prefer to learn, and perform better, with video than they do with written information.
The U.S. manufactures that have started using Video Work Instructions have seen the multiple positive effects effects that video work instructions have on their bottom lines- spanning hiring, training and production. Their employees also report social and emotional benefits including improved attitude, confidence, and overall job satisfaction.
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Desiree Schnoor holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in public health. Her interests lie broadly in health and well being. She spends the majority of her efforts and love on caring for her husband and four children. She has used her communication skills in health education and promotion for a large wellness corporation, as well as starting a women's mentoring program. She is utilizing her skill set at Virtual QE by conveying the "quality of life" aspects of quality engineering.