Digitalizing training in a focused way

The effect of the current overload of general digital information on an individual's ability to take things in - irrespective of age group - was discussed intensively at the 6th German LN Conference,

„Focus on trainees“ - that was the theme of the 6th German LN Conference held at the Bayernwerk AG headquarters in early November 2019. Some 50 training supervisors from Germany and Austria met in Regensburg at the invitation of Lucas-Nülle GmbH to discuss the effects of digitalization on trainees. A wide and contrasting range of experience was exchanged with regard to the efficiency of learning and training. In the end, the message taken away by all the attendees was that the right balance of digital learning environments and practice-oriented applications leads to the best possible training outcome in each case.

The effect in question - fatigue - cannot be ignored, according to Dr Volker Busch, who gave a special presentation. The psychologist explained the neurological background of constant digital distraction to the trainers, making clear why these influences can also have a detrimental effect on our efficiency. In simultaneously referring to the numerous advantages of digital solutions, he emphasized that the answer did not lie in "demonizing digital content". "Whether we are talking about digital or analog content, make a conscious effort to allow enough time in your planning for genuine focus - both for yourself and your trainees," said Dr Busch. He pointed out that as well as improving efficiency, there is scientific evidence that, indirectly, periods of deep concentration (without major distractions) also have a positive impact on personal health and the sense of wellbeing in the learning process.

The psychologist's talk made a strong impression on many of the attendees. The discussions were started by Sema Günes and Beyda Nur Akdag, both trainee industrial clerks at Lucas-Nülle GmbH. They presented the results of a survey of 500 trainees that they had carried out in the run-up to the conference. These showed that even though young trainees spend a lot of time on the internet and social media, about half of them are often more likely to be relying on analog methods of learning and training.

What significant conclusions the training supervisors should draw from this with regard to their work is a question that the trainees left to the plenary discussion hosted by Andreas Pieper, Press Officer of the BiBB. The level of discussion was remarkable again this year. A guided tour of Siemens Professional Education's training centre in Regensburg gave the participants practical insights into how training is typically organized there.

- 08.11.2019