The concept for LunchBox Sessions came about because of the huge wealth of classroom material that CD Industrial Group Inc. produces to support our hydraulics and electrical instructor-led training. We believed that we had crafted materials and media of real value, but its exposure was limited to the number of training classes our busy instructors could provide in a year. This was a source of frustration for us and, judging by the number of training inquiries we get from around the world, to many others as well.
E-learning seemed like an obvious solution, even as early as 2007, but our media is resource intensive and requires specific software. (In plain english, we were afraid it would run very slowly over the internet and not provide the excellent user experience we're accustomed to delivering in the classroom. We didn't want to disappoint.) Finally, in 2016, technology and our own technical expertise had advanced enough that we felt we were ready to take our training online. LunchBox Sessions opened to the public in early 2017, bringing our hundreds of learning resources to thousands of people across the globe.
Our development team of artists and programmers work daily on content. Lessons and simulations take a mind-boggling number of hours to create, and are revised continuously as we discover & invent new ways to improve them.
You won't spend long in LunchBox Sessions before noticing that we use conversational speech, and we try to keep the tone informal. We've found that students connect best with our content when we avoid unexplained industry jargon, and when we keep the atmosphere fun.
We encourage play as much as possible. We've stuffed LunchBox Sessions with interactive simulations for learners to manipulate to their heart's content. Many students will immediately try to break or blow these virtual systems up, and we think that's fantastic! As learners interact with our animations, they are absorbing information about symbol vocabulary, and experimenting with cause and effect. This style of self-driven exploration raises a lot of "Why?" questions, which put the student in an excellent frame of mind to receive those answers in the lessons, and apply those concepts to real-life systems.
The genesis of LunchBox Sessions was in the classroom, and it never left! Our own CD Industrial Group Inc. hydraulics and electrical trainers use the sessions in their classrooms, and provide frequent feedback.
This keeps our content tied to real usage, and helps us target the concerns and concepts that our instructors see students struggling with the most. This also helps to drive our content development into the areas that are most underserved, and least understood.