“It depends on how you look at health and safety training. Is it a check box exercise for the purpose of contracts or is it seen as something vital to protect your employees?
We’ve reviewed many online courses – some high quality footage and some not so high quality! Content aside the key differential between live courses and pre-recorded is the ability to achieve high engagement levels.
Running a video with a few multiple choice questions at the end may satisfy the internal processes of a company, however how much does the candidate actually learn?
I’ve asked myself a number of times – as an employer would I rather spend a little more money to send my teams to live training experience where they are fully engaged with the trainer – or have them sit watching a video?
Pre-recorded videos for material such as tutorials are ideal.
But, when it comes to health and safety, I would much rather a live course – whether streamed or in a classroom – as I would feel much more confident that my team would walk away with much more knowledge than a recording could provide.
The distractions of devices, what’s going on around you and re-prioritising makes watching video a much less effective way of training.”