Learning and retention are hot topics for any trainer, but less so for professionals whose primary role focuses on something else. Typically, the human resources department of an organization is tasked with ensuring that employees know. There are many methods to utilize when creating training materials. Sometimes, organizations focus on the format in which the materials are handed out and less so on the quality of the products. This is where our turned edge binders can improve the quality of new employee onboarding.
Turned edge binders are ideal for HR trainings for a few reasons. When an employee wants or needs information on something specific, it’s not very likely that they will search through a learning module for the information. The ability to pick up a quality binder and quickly flip to the information is much more useful. Turned edge binders also provide a tactile experience. For some learning styles, this helps with retention.
Binders Support Adult Learning
Some things which HR departments need to consider when creating materials include these facts about adult learning:
- Adult learning is autonomous
Adults are old enough to make their own decisions, right? So when learning, they need to feel the freedom to make their own choices. This is where giving them the option to skip and return to modules as well as go at their own pace (electronically or via the turned edge binders) is an important aspect to training.
- Incorporating knowledge and life experiences increases retention
Being able to connect past experiences and knowledge base with new things helps things *stick*. Trainings which can pull out relevant experiences not only interest attendees (because they can relate) but also helps them frame the knowledge.
- Keep things goal-oriented
Building on the previous two tips: in order to keep employees on task and engaged through their experiences, it’s important that lessons have a goal or have a clear outcome. In order to maximize the learning potential, it’s important to set timeframes for completion. Providing hard cover binders alongside an e-module turns into an open-book test of sorts, which eases anxiety.
- Learning should be relevant and practical
Make it clear how these lessons tie in to their productivity or ability to do their job better. Additionally, using examples which help ground theoretical concepts helps enhance understanding.
Turned edge binders have a longer shelf life and tend to be more durable. Customers can easily make these binders their own as the covers can be printed digitally or offset to match your organization’s branding. Add ins, like pockets and adhesive trays, also increase their functionality.