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We are excited to release a video overview of the aviation design and certification processes that make up the foundation of our new aviation training series. Click Here for immediate access to the overview video on www.HFYI.com. The free presentation provides a global look at how we break down the design process that we use for our 9 course training series. We are a human factors training and research company, so we focus on the aspects of the process that relate to the human factors design and certification decisions that must be made, although we recognize that there are many other important aspects to the overall process. The team at Research Integrations developed this process breakdown based on our work over many years addressing the human factors aspects of aviation design and certification for the FAA, NASA, as well as others. In particular, our work as part of the team … Continue reading

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Research Integrations, Inc is proud to introduce HFYI.com, our new hub to help you get geared up with human factors information so that you can address real-world challenges. “HFYI” is Human Factors – For Your Information. HFYI.com will become your go-to source for applied Human Factors training and information resources that bridge the gap between research and industry. You will find information presented in user-friendly, jargon-free language. Our applied training products provide you with the base knowledge required to address technical areas as well as structured processes so that you leave training with a strategy to effectively apply your industry expertise in a focused manner. We help equip you to confidently make effective decisions on the front lines. HFYI Training Series: Human Factors in the Aviation Design and Certification Process Course 1: Defining and Documenting Intended Function The seminal HFYI.com online training course: Defining and Documenting Intended Function is dedicated … Continue reading

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Every day we are inundated with information: emails, text messages, voice mails, meetings, etc. Adding training to that content mix, regardless of how necessary or relevant, can be overwhelming. While some people may be information junkies, many prefer to get to the point—they want the “need-to-know” pieces of training information. When designing an e-learning training program, determine the key points, and make sure these key ideas are highlighted for the learner. By making your main ideas clear, you are reducing the load on the learner’s working memory, freeing it up to focus on and make sense of the “need-to-know” information. Here are 6 things you can do to help learners focus on the most important information in your e-learning training programs:   1. Break it up and Keep it Scannable: Use Headings When presented with information, we look for cues about what to pay attention to. For instance, in this … Continue reading

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We’ve all been behind drivers who fail to notice when a light turns green, even worse when it turns red,  or who cross several lanes of traffic, seemingly unaware of the squealing brakes in their wake. What might cause drivers to make these potentially deadly mistakes? Distractions.  According to the U.S. Department of transportation, 18% of traffic accidents in 2010 were all caused by distracted drivers.  Distractions are cited as a major cause of human error across many arenas. In 2009 the New York Times reported that a commercial pilot flew 150 miles past his destination. When asked by a controller about what happened, the pilot cited “cockpit distractions.” A study published by MedPage revealed that surgery residents committed eight times as many errors during simulated procedures when faced with realistic distractions than when they completed procedures without distractions. E-learning training programs and distraction…  As much as we might like to … Continue reading

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If you haven’t been the victim of a 100+ slide Powerpoint presentation, then likely you’ve been imprisoned by a monotone lecturer droning on about how you can improve what you’re doing. When this presentation began, whether slides or lecture, you were eager to learn, ready to tackle and apply the new information, but as slide after slide infiltrated your vision or minutes turned to hours as a presenter dumped his knowledge onto you, you likely became overloaded. Meaningful learning was shut down and replaced by constant time checking, distracting yourself with the idiosyncrasies of the speaker, or fiddling with your computer screen. What began as a training session, promising to improve your performance, has ended in a headache with little retention of information. Why does this happen? Although learners, in general, can hold 7 plus or minus 2 chunks of information (associated pieces of information that can be processed as … Continue reading

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“When are we ever going to use this?” We’ve all heard that familiar groan coming from students questioning the relevance of their education. Although cliché, the question is a reasonable one: How is what I’m doing today applicable to what I will be doing tomorrow? While a teacher’s vague response regarding the importance of gaining problem-solving skills and learning how to think  may be reasonable for a class of high school students, it will not suffice for your e-learning training program. Training programs designed to improve job performance need to directly transfer to the job. When you look over the content of your e-learning training program, you need to ask yourself whether it allows for maximum transfer of training to the job. The ultimate goal of any training program, including e-learning, is to help learners transfer the skills and knowledge they have gained to real-world job applications. If learning is … Continue reading

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Would you knowingly get on a plane with a novice pilot? Or undergo surgery with a first year med student? Most of us, given the choice, would opt for an expert pilot and a highly acclaimed surgeon. In fact, we have come to expect a high-level of expertise, particularly in fields such as aviation and medicine. Where does this expertise that we literally “trust with our lives” come from? At its core, expertise is the result of intentional, well-designed training. When you look at your e-learning training program, ask yourself whether you have intentionally designed it to either develop or maintain expertise. In my last post in the series, I introduced the 3 principles that all training—including e-learning– should be designed to do: Optimize the potential for learning Develop or maintain expertise Transfer training to the job For this post, I’ll be focusing on expertise: what is an expert and … Continue reading

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With so many organizations turning to e-learning to provide training, it’s easy to get caught up in the prospect of saving money and being more efficient. By converting face-to-face training programs into e-learning formats, organizations can offer training 24/7 to audiences in any location. This is certainly an attractive option for providing a cost and time-saving benefit. Unfortunately, this allure can lead to rapid course development, also known as dumping PowerPoint presentations into online training sites with little thought into best design practices. E-learning, as well as any training, requires careful planning. Once you determine that e-learning is an appropriate delivery mechanism for the type of training you are doing, ask yourself these questions: Does the training optimize the potential for learning? Does the training either develop or maintain expertise? Does the training transfer to the job? If you can’t answer “yes” to all 3 of these questions, or if … Continue reading

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