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Making Well Control School Fun

In the oil field, everyone hates getting their well control certificate. So many well control courses, both in the classroom and online, are extremely boring. By its very nature, Well Control training tries to force a substantial amount of information, with a lot of repetition, into a very short amount of time. Many students fall asleep during well control training. Many students stop paying attention, doodle, or daydream.

This results in poor retention.Students may remember enough to pass an exam or receive an IADC well control certificate or IWCF Certificate, but they are bound to forget what they have learned within months, weeks, or even days of completing the course. As an industry trying to build a strong safety culture, this is dangerous!

Online well control training has done very little to solve this problem. Many online well control training courses incorporate little or no interactivity. Students watch course material and then take a quiz. This continues again and again until the course is completed.

Learn to Drill tries to solve this problem through Interactivity. Throughout the course, students are engaged with questions that they must answer before moving on. These questions are aimed at being similar to questions that an instructor may ask in the classroom.The beauty of online interactivity is that it can be personalized to a classroom of one.

With what if logic, students can learn well control material in different ways, based on how they answer questions. Each student can have his own personalized study plan.In a classroom well control school, one student may answer an instructor’s question with all the other students still falling asleep. With Learn to Drill, every single student must answer every question and engage with the content in order to receive a certificate.

One great example of this is the module focused on Gas Kicks. The module delves into the consequences of letting a gas kick migrate up the wellbore without shutting the well in. Conventional training may do this by using text, graphics, or even animations.

Learn to Drill teaches this interactively! Students are faced with a series of questions that walk them through the process of a gas kick entering the well, migrating upwards, and the subsequent consequences. Students must calculate pressures, make kick theory decisions, and be able to interact with the content. There is no better way to retain knowledge than by really understanding it.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Why can’t this be applied to well control school?


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