Project Management of Instructional Design Projects

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The International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (IBSTPI) has created sets of competencies and standards for training managers, instructional designers, instructors, online learners, and evaluators. This article is one in a planned series of articles introducing the competencies and standards for instructional design (we encourage you to buy your own copy from IBSTPI, and we’re happy to report they’re quite inexpensive).

What is instructional design? According to Mastering the Instructional Design Process: A Systematic Approach by Rothwell, Benscoter, King & King:

Instructional design means more than literally creating instruction. It is associated with the broader concept of analyzing human performance problems systematically, identifying the root causes of those problems, considering various solutions to address the root causes, leveraging organizational and individual strengths, and implementing the interventions in ways designed to minimize the unintended consequences of action. Instructional design encompasses the preparation of work-related instruction and other strategies intended to improve worker performance. It does not mean throwing training at all problems or mindlessly plugging content into virtual templates.

Amongst other things, creating training materials using instructional design processes (such as ADDIE) means engaging in a project that is a team effort with deadlines, resources, and all the things that the words project management bring to mind for you. In this blog article, we’ll give you a quick overview of the ID standards related to project management of instructional design projects.

A quick note before we begin: yes, we offer online project management training, have a recorded webinar you can listen to about PMI project management certifications, and even have a What Is Agile? infographic for you (“Agile” is one form of project management, in case you didn’t know). 

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Air Contaminant Hazards and Construction Health

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As you may know, the American Industrial Hygienists Association (AIHA) has released a Focus Four for Construction Health guidance document that identifies four significant health hazards in construction, explains the hazards in detail, gives control recommendations, and more. We recently discussed the health guidance document with Barb Epstein, one of the creators of the AIHA construction health hazards document, and wrote about the four construction health hazards as well.

Having introduced people to the AIHA Focus Four document and those four construction health hazards in general, we wanted to follow-up by taking a deep-dive, looking at each of the four health hazards in more detail in separate articles. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at air contaminants (the other health hazards are manual material handling, noise, and high temperatures, and we’ll take closer looks at each in later articles).

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EHS Management Software Buyer’s Guide

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Thinking of buying some safety management/EHS management software but not sure how to start?

That’s why we, the makers of Vector EHS management software, created the guide below and put it only a mouse click away for you! Just scroll down to the bottom of this page.

We’re also including a short video discussion explaining the primary features of our own Vector EHS software. Feel free to check it out if you’d like. Let us know if you’ve got any questions or would like to set up a demo.

And of course, we’ve also got a mobile risk intelligence & communications platform as well as online safety and health training solutions for your organizations too!

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Z490 Basics: Discussing Potential Revisions to the Z490 EHS Training Standard

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As you may know, ANSI and the ASSP have two national standards related to environment, health, and safety (EHS) training. The first, Z490.1, applies to all EHS training and the second, Z490.2, covers EHS training that takes place online or virtually. In our most recent Z490 Basics article, we explained Z490.1 and Z490.2 in more detail.

You may also know that the ASSP’s Z490 committee is currently revising the Z490.1 EHS training standard, which was last updated in 2016. And that Vector Solution’s Jeff Dalto is a member of the sub-committee making those revisions to Z490.1.

As a result, we’re writing an ongoing series of articles keeping folks up to date on all new things related to the Z490.1 revisions, and this is one of those. In this article, we’ll convey some discussions Jeff has had with other people who will be revising Z490.1 as we prepare to begin the revision process. It’s important to note that although the Z490.1 committee has had one “pre-meeting,” work hasn’t officially begun, so do take what you read below with a grain of salt and file it in the “excited plans” or “just talking” category.

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Five Principles of HOP Infographic (Human & Organizational Performance)

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If you’re interested in new approaches to safety, sometimes referred to with the umbrella term “new safety” and other times discussed in more specific schools of thought, such as Safety Differently, Safety-II, Resilience Engineering, and (to the point of this downloadable infographic), Human and Organizational Performance, or HOP.

We’ve got a cool 5 Principles of HOP infographic for you below. Go ahead and download it–you’ll see it’s based on five principles as listed by HOP practitioner Dr. Todd Conklin and has a lot of links to places where you can learn more.

And while you’re downloading the Five Principles infographic, you might also find some of this other stuff we’ve got for you valuable, too:

Download the infographic below and let us know if you’ve got any questions! 

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Tissue Manufacturing Online Training Guide

Thinking of implementing online training for your tissue manufacturing workforce? But not sure how to select & use online training?

If so, we’ve got the guide for you at the bottom of this article.

Before you go, download the free guide and be sure to check out our stunning, 3-D animated tissue manufacturing online training courses, learning management system (LMS) specially made for your industry, and other workplace performance improvement tools.

And please let us know if you’ve got any questions or would like to set up a preview or demo.

Enjoy the guide to online training for tissue manufacturing and we wish you luck in your search! 

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Workplace Suicide Prevention Tips

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It’s been a tough year for most of us in a lot of different ways and that surely includes issues related to mental health, suicide, and even depression, sadly.

Continuing our recent focus on mental health and suicide as we approach the holidays (you might want to check our recent interview with Cal Beyer on Suicide in High-Risk Industries), we caught up with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas to discuss the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention.

We’d like to thank Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, her frequent collaborator Cal Beyer, and all the hard-working, caring people out there not only shining a light on this issue to make us more aware of it but also giving us actionable tips of how to help.

Happy holidays, everyone. Hang in there and, if you need some help, reach out. We love ya.

Here are some links to things we discussed in the discussion above:

Before you go, download our Guide to Risk-Based Safety Management, below. 

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Four Key Health Hazards in Construction

The American Industrial Hygienist Association (AIHA), and in particular their AIHA Construction Committee, has a guidance document titled Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Health Hazards in Construction.

You may remember we had a recorded video discussion with Industrial Hygienist Barb Epstien, who helped to create the AIHA guidance document on construction health hazards, in which she explained it to us just a while ago. Check out that recorded discussion on the AIHA guidance document here.

We encourage you to download the AIHA guidance document and read it yourself, but we’ll provide a summary to the health hazards and controls they offer below, too.

And by the way, if the name “focus four” rings a bell for you, the AIHA intentionally selected the name of these construction health hazards so it would resonate with OSHA’s “fatal four” construction safety hazards.

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Introducing LiveSafe

The Vector Solutions family continues to grow. Last week, we profiled the Vector EHS Management Software offered by our Vector Solutions partners IndustrySafe. This week, we’re profiling the newest member of the Vector family, LiveSafe, and their risk communication & intelligence communication platform.

In the recorded discussion below, we talk with Dan Morrison of LiveSafe to learn more about what LiveSafe is and does. Check it out and let us know if you’ve got any questions for us!

And before you go, feel free to download our Guide to Risk-Based Safety Management!

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Z490 Basics: Your Intro to the ANSI/ASSP Z490 EHS Training Standards

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In case you weren’t aware, ANSI and the ASSP have two standards related to EHS training. They are:

In this article, we’re going to give you a brief introduction to both of the standards and give you updates on their current status (Jeff Dalto of Vector Solutions | Convergence Training is a member of the Z490 committee and is currently working with others to revise the Z490.1 standard).

We’ll also link you to some helpful related resources and downloadable safety training guides. What’s not to like, right?

Enjoy the Z490 overview and let us know if you’ve got any questions.

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Introducing Vector EHS: Vector Solutions Offers EHS Management Software

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Some Convergence Training customers may know that (1) we became part of Vector Solutions about two years ago and are in the process of changing our name to Vector Solutions and (2) Vector Solutions includes many other brands, including IndustrySafe and LiveSafe.

Industry Safe makes EHS management software that Vector Solutions has called Vector EHS.

In the recorded discussion below, we talk with Clare Epstein of IndustrySafe to learn more about the Vector EHS management software that’s available to any Vector Solutions customers, including of course customers of Convergence Training.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions and thanks to Clare for sharing her time, knowledge, and passion for EHS management with us.

Hope you enjoyed the discussion about Vector EHS and let us know if you have any questions.

We’ve got a bunch of links and free resources for you below if you want to check that out.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Safety Management Systems: A Talk with Kahlilah Guyah

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Our society and workplaces have become increasingly aware of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion this year (2020) and that will continue to be true in the future as well.

In this recorded discussion, we talk with Kahlilah Guyah about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and get her takes on thinking of DEI in a systemic manner and through the perspective of a safety management system. Kahlilah is a member of the ASSP’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

Along the way, we discuss the using the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle and the Hierarchy of Controls in these efforts.

And–bonus–Kahlilah is also a member of the committee working on revising the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 EHS Training standard along with Jeff Dalto of Vector Solutions, so we included a few words about that and Kahlilah’s desire to bring these diversity, equity, and inclusion learnings into EHS training and the standard.

NOTE: Jeff’s voice is soft here–I should have worn my ear buds, sorry!–but Kahlilah’s is loud and clear and she’s the one with the important stuff to say 🙂 

Please note that Vector Solutions has a Professional Developing Training Library that includes online training courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We’ve got a bunch of links for you below, too.

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