Job site productivity is at an all-time high for IBEW members, including apprentices. Time in the classroom has shifted to more hands-on instruction, as there’s less of an opportunity to watch and learn out in the field. Thanks to the new LMS system, individuals have more opportunities to learn in different ways.

Implementing the use of state of the art simulators in the classroom is why the IBEW continues to be a trailblazer in the industry.

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News Brief: New Outside Line Curriculum

Here at NTI, the blended learning system was first ruled out of the outside curriculum. The goal was to have the students do a majority of their bookwork at home, so when they’re in the classroom the instructor can spend a majority of their time working on the finer points of the curriculum. Now, with the new LMS system, they’ve taken that model to a whole new level.

Todd Stafford: Executive Director, NECA-IBEW, Electrical Training Alliance
“We’ve concentrated on developing curriculum just for the outside from outside individuals to develop. The outside is also coming on to the blended learning model that we’ve built for the inside program. It gives them a lot more flexibility and ability to share materials, instructor resources, assessments of students, as well as interactive video-based learning, applications, simulations, all available on LMS system.”

Jason Iannelli: Director, Outside Curriculum, Electrical Training Alliance
“We can have interactive videos, media clips, YouTube clips, interactive questions, it’s pretty much endless. The great thing about our new LMS is we have a new global share point now for all of our instructors, across the country.”

Job site productivity is at an all-time high for IBEW members, including apprentices; therefore, time in the classroom has shifted toward more hands-on instruction, as there’s less of an opportunity to learn and watch out in the field, especially for lineman and women.

Virgil Melton: Curriculum Specialist, Electrical Training Alliance
“There are so many things we’re looking at different at coming down, I think we’re going to be able to do a lot more with having them prepare before they get to class, and then spend more time actually physically doing it.”

Christopher Buhr: Instructor, IBEW Local 266
“People learn different ways, apprentices learn different ways. Not everyone learns the same, so it’s awesome to be able to do some hands-on stuff. To be able to put your hands on it and actually see your connections, and see what’s going on, talk through it, it’s great. This is an awesome system.”

Implementing the use of state-of-the-art simulators in the classroom, like the ones created by Three Phase Innovations is why the IBEW continues to be a trailblazer in the industry.

Josh Nichols: IBEW Linesman, Three Phase Innovations
“Power companies aren’t going to just let you go out there and hang out all day and build banks and attempt things all day. So we have something invented that we can bring in the classroom with the same results as a three-phase line. It’s good to get your bookwork done. You’re getting to see everything online, you’re getting to go with all the information that’s been provided. Once you learn it and you get all of it applied, retain it, you get to come out here and apply it, actually physically see what’s going on with the model, truly like you’re going to get out in the field.

As the learning management system for the outside curriculum continues to grow, the positive impact is already reaching beyond just the classroom.

Jason Iannelli: Director, Outside Curriculum, Electrical Training Alliance
“Now we have a tool, working with our training partners, with training videos. We can bring the contractor into the JATC and give them the latest and greatest that they might not be aware of in the field, while our apprentices are trained on. So, it’s bringing the industry up to a higher standard.”

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Lonnie Stephenson

IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was elected International President in 2015. President Stephenson creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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