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Common Challenges with Hands-on Training


Do you know, according to research data on effectiveness of training, that only 5% of the training material is retained if it was presented in lecture and classroom setting? And about 30% of material is retained if shown through demonstration, which is about six times more effective and highlights the importance of visual based learning. Not surprisingly, the most effective training method is hands-on training, which results in as much as 75% of knowledge retention.

It is indisputable that the hands-on training will achieve the best outcome for knowledge retention and shorten the learning curve.


This is paramount for businesses or organizations that must deal with operating physical systems. Most of them do understand the importance of hands-on learning to equip their workforce with the knowledge to succeed in their jobs.


However, there are still many practical challenges to conduct successful hands-on training that is efficient and sustainable.

1. The challenge of space and systems


If the size of the team getting trained is big, then having enough space and enough physical systems for hands on training could be a challenge. Not only does the cost could add up, but also the work multiplies to make sure everything works as they should.


2. The challenge of geographic locations


When there are trainees from multiple locations, there are always going to be extra cost associated with traveling to get everybody in the same room for the hands-on training. If getting all the trainees together is not an option, the trainer would need to travel to multiple locations themselves to perform the training one at a time.


3. The challenge of allocating trainer’s time

The very nature of hands-on training requires someone helping the trainees, closely monitoring and the trainees to ensure the trainees are doing all right. If there is only one trainee, the trainer can provide full attention to the trainee but may be time constrained when having to o train multiple people that way. If there is a group of trainees, the trainer potentially could save time on fewer sessions but will have to figure out how to juggle in between each trainee during the same training session and make sure each one of them be properly trained.


4. The challenge of throughput


Based on the challenges mentioned above, such as limited space, systems, trainers time, traveling to or from multiple locations, it is hard to have high throughput for hands-on training. The number of trainees who can get trained together at once is limited for these reasons. Some of the limiting factors will need to be removed or mitigated to improve efficiency and throughput.


5. The challenge of complex instructions


When training complex instructions or procedures, hands-on training sessions could be very long and involved. It takes extra patience and time to go through all the steps of complex procedures, for both the trainer and the trainee. If not enough time is scheduled, the result is the training would be less than effective.


To discuss how AR technology can help your organization’s technical training and operation applications, or to experience a real demonstration yourself, please contact info@distat.co.