Lights, camera, interaction

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Scott Beagrie tunes into technology revolutionising the corporate trainingroomEvery so often a development or technology comes along, capable ofrevolutionising the market. In the corporate training sector interactivity hasthis potential. There is no shortage of new and highly innovative products making theirinteractive presence felt; from clever cordless mice, tablet PCs, Bluetoothdevices (which can hook up and interact with other devices via a short-rangewireless technology) through to interactive whiteboards that allow the tutor toannotate a screen as they guide learners through the subject. The latter are tipped to be one of the fastest-shifting trainingtechnologies. According to audio-visual analysts Decision Tree Consulting,sales grew by more approximately 150 per cent from 11,099 units sold in 2001 to27,359 last year. And the forecast for units sold by the end of 2003 ispredicted to be more than 45,000. Until recently, the main application has been in educational markets,accounting for 95 per cent of all sales. But with an interactive generation ofstudents already swarming into the corporate world, this kind of technologywill have to become the norm. Interactive It is easy to see why interactive whiteboards have taken off – theyeffectively, bring together the trainer’s favourite tools of traditional flipchart/dry wiper board and projector and screen. But it is also because studieshave proven that interactivity has a positive effect on learning. “Research has found board interactivity results in people learning theapplication and synthesis of concepts much faster and more effectively thanthrough a laptop/projector model,” says Kevin Martin of Saville AudioVisual, which distributes interactive whiteboards including Smart Technologies’Smart board. But this is just one of a host of technological advancements. Here is ourguide to interactive products to watch. Throughlines (Static & Motion) What is it? A video platform using a combination of audience responsetechnology and DVD playback to enable course delegates to interact with whatthey are viewing and determine the direction of the presentation. It works with groups of between 20 and 2,000 people who, using individualwireless keypads, can determine the consequences of hypothetical situationsduring the video presentation. Their responses are then computed automaticallyand the DVD playback continues with the story line which received the majorityvote. What does it offer the learner? It transforms learners from passivereceptors to participants who can influence the programme’s direction. NewYork-based developer Static & Motion is promoting the technology as atailored training tool – particularly for subjects that require high levels ofinteraction such as developing coaching skills, promoting diversity, or dealingwith sexual harassment. Tried and tested? Users include CMP Media and Citigroup Cost: Systems are bespoke configurations so price varies widely More info: www.static-motion.comwww.throughlines.comOptionpower (Option Technologies Interactive) What is it? A software add-on that converts PowerPoint to a fullyinteractive presentation tool for trainers and presenters. Trainers can receiveimmediate feedback from their class using wireless handheld keypads. Theanswers can be deployed via drop-down menus and tools, and new slides generatedin seconds based on their responses. A group of learners in a new producttraining session, for instance, could be polled on what they think are itsunique selling points. Responses can be tabulated and turned into a slidewithin seconds. What does it do for the learner? Ends ‘death by PowerPoint’ syndromeby encouraging participation. Interactive group response systems such asOptionPower make delegates feel they have a stake in the outcome. Tried and tested? Debuted at February’s Training 2003 conference inAtlanta. Expect appearances at UK trade shows later this year. Cost: OptionPower starter system with 10-keypad (£1,350) More info: www.optiontechnologies.comACTIVboard (TDS) What is it? An interactive whiteboard that allows the trainer toannotate over text, animation, movies and audio. At its simplest, it can beused as a projection screen but married with a PC, LCD projector and theproprietary ACTIVpen, it becomes a powerful and interactive medium for thetrainer. ACTIVpen is a cordless pen which controls the BOARDmate2 software thatruns on ACTIVboard. Software’s features include an electronic flipchart, which can be sharedacross videoconferencing sessions, and a virtual floating toolbar with a rangeof desktop annotation tools such as highlighter pens. It can also run MicrosoftWindows applications. What does it offer the learner? It allows the trainer to create dynamic content and instantly react toresponses from the group, heightening their involvement. Its interactivity canalso help convey complex theories that prove difficult to get across when usingother methods. Using ACTIV-board’s videoconferencing capability, learners canalso hook up with other learners across the globe to share ideas, notes anddiagrams, and even edit documents in real time. Tried and tested? Kent Police for training purposes in its newcommunication facility Cost: starts from around £1,300 More info: www.tdshouse.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Lights, camera, interactionOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img