Orchard Park, N.Y., May 25, 2021 – Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s top suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, tapes, and fabricated parts, recently partnered with Bloomsburg University’s Department of Instructional Technology (DIT) to develop a learning module about performance plastics.
The partnership came about while Bloomsburg’s DIT graduate program was recruiting community partners to participate in a 12-week capstone project. The project was a real-world simulation where students were paired with a “client” to create an instructional design product. Curbell’s Training and Development Department jumped at the opportunity. While Curbell Plastics has a long history of supporting schools and higher education institutions, this was the first time the Training and Development (T&D) team partnered with a university on an instructional design project.
The Curbell T&D team was paired with three Bloomsburg students pursuing their Masters of Science in Instructional Technology: Zachary Hulayev, John Wardigo, and Francesca Fortunato. Throughout the semester the students interviewed and collected data from Curbell’s subject matter experts, created a storyboard concept, and developed a final product for both the client’s use and their personal portfolios. The final project was a module containing a series of videos with assessments that addressed the difference between single use and performance plastics, discussed the importance of life cycle analysis (LCA), and shared information about Curbell’s commitment to sustainability.
This opportunity turned out to be a beneficial learning experience for both the students and the T&D team. While the students learned about Curbell as a company and the world of performance plastics, the T&D team learned about new design software, techniques, and how to work with an outside organization to create an end product that would still be representative of Curbell’s brand.
“Instructional designers put so much time, dedication, and effort into their creations, and one of the toughest parts of the job is receiving feedback,” shared Curbell Plastics’ Associate Director of Training and Development Jinny Kcehowski. “We talked a lot about the importance of understanding goals, objectives, requirements, and getting feedback all along the way to ensure that the final product meets expectations. It was an absolute pleasure to work with this team of students.”
The Bloomsburg University graduate students’ final capstone project was a fully animated, entertaining, and interactive eLearning module. “We especially loved the concept of Plastics Man,” Kcehowski said. “He’s a superhero whose mission is to inform the world about how important performance plastics are to our everyday lives.” The eLearning module features video lessons with original characters, staggered learning assessments, and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Watch ‘The World of Plastics’ eLearning module.
About Curbell Plastics, Inc.
Curbell Plastics grew into one of the nation’s top plastic materials suppliers by investing for the long term and focusing foremost on the needs of its customers — a strategy that has set the company apart since its founding in 1942.
Curbell supplies performance plastics — durable and lightweight materials that minimize energy consumption and add value to countless commercial and industrial applications — to thousands of businesses, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. The company also offers plastic film, adhesives, sealants, tapes, prototyping and tooling materials, and fabricated plastic parts. Its innovative services include a nationwide team of material experts to help customers solve engineering and application challenges.
Curbell Plastics, a privately held subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., has 21 locations nationwide and is based in Orchard Park, New York. It has ISO 9001 certification for eight of its locations and its corporate headquarters, and it maintains ITAR and EAR compliance company-wide.