Using Visuals in Training to Make Abstract Concepts More Concrete

Today's workers have to learn many abstract concepts. And trainers struggle to find the best way to facilitate that learning.

One way to aid learners is to use visuals that represent abstract concepts in a more concrete manner. We just wrote a post on the blog at OpenSesame that gives a bunch of tips on how to do just that. Here's where to go to check it out.

The post gives some great tips for using visuals to help your employees learn more during their trainings--and who doesn't want that? Plus, it includes some cool examples from the Convergence Training retail training course libraries. Nice!

No Heartache Over Heartbleed at Convergence Training; Your Training Data is Secure

By now, you've no doubt heart of the Heartbleed bug that has affected many sites on the Internet. And if you're a customer of Convergence Training, using one of our cloud-based LMSs, perhaps you've wondered if your training data was secure.

The short answer is, everything's A-OK. We use a different solution that isn't vulnerable to Heartbleed. So rest assured that your secure data is still secure with Convergence Training.

As for other sites you may visit, you can use this handy tool to determine if they're vulnerable to Heartbleed.

Post about Visuals and Effective Training Materials at Open Sesame's Blog

We just wrote a post about visuals for effective training that appears on the blog of our friends at OpenSesame.

The post gives some great tips for using visuals to help your employees learn more during their trainings--and who doesn't want that? This time, we focus on the importance of reducing realism in training visuals. Plus, it includes some cool examples from the Convergence Training retail training course libraries. What's not to like? Go check it out!

New Training Courses Available Now in Our Equipment Safety, Hazardous Materials, and Operations and Maintenance Training Libraries

We've got a total of nine new courses available in the following training libraries:

Let's take a look at the new courses in each of the libraries, shall we? You can view previews of each new course below. If you want more information or want to request a demo of the full courses, here's how you can contact us.

New Equipment Safety Courses

Our new Wire Rope Basics course gives you the straight skinny on all the basics you need to know about wire ropes--types, parts, lay, lay direction, working load, and more.

Is an LMS Only Good for Online Learning Courses? Quick Answer: Nope.

Is an LMS only good for online learning courses graphic

People who are new to learning management systems (LMSs) sometimes assume that an LMS can only be used to deliver, track, and report on online training. You know, things like computer-based training courses--or maybe you call them online courses or e-learning courses.

But that's not true. At least it's not true with the family of Convergence Training LMSs.

We believe that the best training programs take advantage of a blended learning solution that incorporates different types of training: instructor-led training, OJT task-based training, written policies, procedures, documents, social learning, self-guided learning, and more. Which is why we've incorporated many different training formats within our various LMSs.

In fact, the Convergence Training LMSs let you work with up to six different "training activity types" to fit many needs. These include:

New Paper Courses Available Now: Introduction to Paper and Board Machines; Carrier Ropes--Procedures and Maintenance

We've got two new courses available in our Pulp/Paper/Tissue/Corrugated training libraries!

The first, Introduction to Paper and Board Machines, is a helpful, introductory overview of the machines used to make paper and board.

And the second, Carrier Ropes--Procedures and Maintenance, covers proper use and maintenance procedures for carrier ropes, which are used to thread a narrow section of the sheet of paper from the wet end to the dry end of a paper machine. (This is one of several courses on carrier ropes in our pulp/paper/tissue/corrugated libraries--which the titles to see more.)

Check the videos below to see a sample of each new course. If you want more information or want to request a demo of the full courses, here's how you can contact us.




How to Write Learning Objectives: The Ultimate Guide

Ultimate Guide to Writing Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are a key part of effective training materials. Create them and use them correctly, and you're well on your way to helping your employees learn the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need. Neglect to use them, or misuse them, and you're setting yourself at a serious disadvantage right out of the gate.

At the bottom of this page, you can download a pretty-near-definitive guide to everything you need to know about learning objectives and everything you need to do to write them. The guide includes extensive information on the following subjects:

See You at The South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, March 25-27, 2014

We'll be displaying our best-in-industry training tools, including our mining safety training courses, training courses on OSHA-based safety topics, and our award-winning Surface Miner LMS at the South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference in Oklahoma City, OK this coming March 25-27.

Come visit us at booth 18 and see for yourself why we make the best training materials for the mining industry-hands down.

If you want to touch base with us in advance, you can contact Convergence Training. Let us know if you have any needs we can address before the show!

We look forward to seeing you there!

How To Create an Effective Training Program: 8 Steps to Success

8 Steps to Workforce Training that Really Works

Nearly everyone recognizes the value and benefits of workforce training. When done properly, training can make workers more efficient -- increasing production, revenue, and profits while decreasing costs, waste, and inefficiencies. Effective training can lead to increased compliance with regulations. It can even lead to a happier, more satisfied workforce, which in turn reduces turnover and costly onboarding. So the benefits are many.

But creating effective training isn’t easy. Some common problems include creating training that doesn't support a true business goal, or for a problem that training can’t fix, or without first identifying the true purpose of the training, or that includes too much information. Or maybe all of those things.

So, how does one create effective workforce training materials? Below is an eight-step road map to help you create more effective training materials. Entire books have been written about each of these steps, so there’s far more to say than what’s written below. But it should serve as an effective guide in your quest to create workforce training materials that actually work.

Stop By and Say Hi at the Northwest Facilities Expo, Portland, OR, March 19-20, 2014, Booth 419

We'll be displaying our best-in-industry training tools, including our safety training courses, our Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS), and our Contractor LMS at the NW Facilities Expo in Portland, OR on March 19 and March 20.

Come visit us at booth 419 and see for yourself why we make the best training materials for facilities-hands down.

If you want to touch base with us in advance, you can contact Convergence Training. Let us know if you have any needs we can address before the show!

Come Meet Us at Tissue World Americas, March 18-21, Miami Beach, FL, Booth 690

We'll be displaying our best-in-industry training tools, including our tissue training courses, training courses on safety, HR, operations, and more, and our learning management systems (LMSs) at the Tissue World convention in Miami, FL, March 18-21, 2014.

Come visit us at booth 690 and see for yourself why we make the best training materials for this industry--hands down.

If you want to touch base with us in advance, you can contact Convergence Training. Let us know if you have any needs we can address before the show!

Facing the Challenges of Process Safety Management (PSM) - an Interview with Sathy Rajendran

Spills, leaks, and explosions involving hazardous chemicals have been responsible for some of the world's worst industrial disasters. Because of the potentially massive human and environmental costs involved, companies that utilize hazardous chemicals in their manufacturing processes are subject to one of the most comprehensive (and complex) of OSHA's regulatory standards: Process Safety Management (PSM). We approached Sathy Rajendran, Ph.D, CSP, and Coordinator of Central Washington University's Safety and Health Management Program, for a brief chat about PSM and what it takes to set up an effective program.

Convergence: Compared to other OSHA standards, how difficult is it to get PSM right? It seems much more complex than other regulations regarding things like ladder safety, fall protection, PPE, etc.

Sathy: I would say given the sheer number of program elements it’s almost like a mini safety program in itself. OSHA’s standard requires certain elements, for example: Operating Procedures, Pre-Startup Safety Review, Process Hazard Analysis, Mechanical Integrity… there are all these different elements and each element requires a lot of effort from the team. With something like ladder safety, you don’t necessarily have to get your whole organization involved in maintaining a safe work environment and managing compliance. With PSM, in my experience, you have to involve a lot more people like the engineers and the quality control people and all the people involved in your process to come up with a plan. So, there are many more people involved with PSM, and the standard is really comprehensive.

Free Incident Investigation Module - Fatal Phosgene Exposure

We've got something that's both old and new for you today.

It's old in that this is another "freemium" safety training module from your friends at the Convergence Training blog. That's right, it's both free and premium safety training content.

You've probably already seen and enjoyed some of our other freemium safety training. The list of freemiums is long and includes popular ones on hot work, combustible dust, silica, the flu, and more (feel free to scroll through the blog to find more titles).

However, it's new because we've done something a little different this time. It's not a standard training module, but instead it gives you and your workers a chance to investigate a real-life safety incident that led to a workplace fatality. We hope that this "Incident Investigation" module will lead to helpful discussions and maybe even help you improve your own safety program-if that's needed.

Visuals and Effective Training Blog Post at OpenSesame's Blog

We just wrote a post about visuals for effective training that appears on the blog of our friends at OpenSesame.

The post gives some great tips for using visuals to help your employees learn more during their trainings--and who doesn't want that? Plus, it includes some cool examples from the Convergence Training retail training course libraries. What's not to like? Go check it out!