Brrr…The Polar Vortex Is Upon Us. Here Are Some Cold Weather Safety Tips

Baby, it’s cold outside. (I like that version, don’t you?)

In fact, much of the US is being revisited by something we seem to hear more about in recent years: a polar vortex.

As you’ve probably heard on this news, the low temps associated with the polar vortex are dangerous and even deadly. As a result, we thought we’d use the opportunity to drop some quick links to helpful information on you. Check ’em out below and stay warm and safe.

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Common Question: Do You Need an Authoring Tool Like Articulate or Captivate to Use the Convergence LMS? Answer: No

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One of the questions that our new learning management system (LMS) customers frequently ask us is whether or not they NEED to use e-learning authoring tools like Articulate Studio/Storyline, Adobe Captivate, or others in order to use our LMS.

Another related question they commonly ask is “What’s an e-learning authoring tool anyway?”

So we thought a little post to clear all this up would be helpful. The brief answer to the first question is NO. You can use the Convergence LMS perfectly well without an authoring tool. The information below will explain that more fully. And as for the second question, if you don’t yet know what an e-learning authoring tool is, read on.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make off-the-shelf e-learning courses, several learning management systems (LMSs), custom training solutions, and more. Contact us to see full-length course previews, set up an LMS demo, or just ask a few questions.

And since you’re here, why not download one of our free guides as well:

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Free Interactive Glossary of Corrugated Board Terms

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Are you in the corrugated board industry?

If so, you might find this free, downloadable, interactive glossary of terms used in the corrugated board industry interesting and valuable.

We’ve drawn all the images and definitions from our series of e-learning courses for corrugated manufacturers, which you might want to check out–it’s a cool series of courses, assuming you’re into corrugated. Which we assume you are, since you’re reading this post.

We hope you enjoy this and put it to good use.

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NSC’s 10 Preventable Workplace Incidents (And Suggested Safety Training Courses for Each)

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The National Safety Council (NSC) has a list of the Top Ten Preventable Workplace Incidents on their website. According to them, the items on the list are the “ten most reported workmen’s compensation injuries as listed by top insurance companies throughout the country.”

Since we’re all interested in preventing workplace incidents and injuries, we thought it would be helpful to provide the list below and include some suggested workplace safety training courses for each item.

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How Video Can Help Us Learn: A Fun Example

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Every so often, when we see some effective training material during our daily lives outside the office, or when we see something that explains things nicely, we like to share it here.

Some years ago, we found the video below from a story on the National Public Radio (NPR) website about an informational video that explained a physical process. The video was created by a college student named Dan Quinn. Mr. Quinn has a YouTube channel where he publishes videos he creates, and one is a really interesting piece on why wine “cries” in a glass.

We decided to write more about that video for our “things from everyday life that related to job training” series below.

For more articles in this series, check out this article on visual design and airline tickets and this article on humor in pre-flight safety videos.

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Teaching “Knowledge”: The Cognitive Domain of Learning and Learning Objectives

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[This is the the fifth in a series of posts about learning objectives. We’ve now compiled all the posts into a single downloadable guide to writing learning objectives if you want to check that out.]

As we mentioned in the last post about learning objectives, you can think about three different kinds of learning: learning about things you can “know,” learning about things you can “do,” and learning about things you “feel.” These are called the Cognitive domain, the Psychomotor domain, and the Affective domain. Because we try to avoid $25 words here at the Convergence Training blog, we will also refer to them as Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes. But we didn’t make that up–it’s a somewhat common way to think of this, and trainers often call these “KSAs” for short.

In this post, we’re going to consider the “knowledge” domain of learning more closely–things you can know. We’ll find that there are actually six different levels of knowledge, from simplest to most complex, and we will give a list of behaviors that learners must perform to show they’ve mastered each type of knowledge. This will help you pick the verb you’ll use when writing learning objectives dealing with knowledge. We’ll look at the Skills and Attitudes domains in following posts.

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Emergency Safety Shower and Eye Wash Training

OSHA’s 1910.151(c) is the regulation requiring emergency safety showers and eye washes be placed in certain work areas. Specifically, it says:

Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.

In addition to that brief passage, there are 11 standard interpretations for 1910.151(c). And, though it doesn’t have the power of law, ANSI Z358.1 is a good resource full of industry best practices and guidelines.

In addition to having emergency eyewash and safety showers on site when they are called for, it’s important to train your workers how to use them properly too. Our Safety Showers and Eyewashes training course, featuring 3-D animations, practice questions, and a scored test, is a valuable training tool to help you get your workers up to speed on safety showers and eyewashes. Check out a sample below, see all the titles in our safety training library here, and contact us if you have more questions.

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Benjamin Bloom’s Learning Objectives Taxonomy: Cognitive (Knowledge), Psychomotor (Skills), and Affective (Attitudes)

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[This is the fifth in a series of posts about learning objectives. We’ve now compiled all the posts into a single downloadable guide to writing learning objectives if you want to check that out.]

If you search the Internet for “learning objectives,” you’ll run into the name Benjamin Bloom quickly enough.

That’s because Bloom gave us a handy way to think of different kinds of learning and the learning objectives to write for each. It’s not the only way, and it’s been revised by his followers since he developed it originally, but it’s a help when you’re writing your objectives.

Before we begin explaining his theories to you (over the next four blog posts), take a moment and think of learning. Is all learning alike, or do we sometimes learn different “kinds” of things? For example, consider learning how materials flow through a machine, learning how to weld a metal seam, and learning why it’s important to follow safety rules. Are these the same kinds of learning, or are they different?

If you agree that we learn different types of things, you’re halfway to understanding Bloom’s three “domains” of learning and learning objectives.

Once you’ve read all this stuff on Bloom’s learning objectives for different types of learning, you may also find our Different Types of Training for Different Types of Learning article interesting.

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Machine Guarding Information: OSHA Citation Data, Free Online Word Game, Free Checklist, FAQs & More

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As you probably know, OSHA publishes a list list of the ten most commonly cited standard violations every year. And every year, 1910.212 (Machine Guarding) is on the list.

As a result, we’ve pulled together some machine guarding resources to help you use machine guarding more properly, to comply with OSHA machine guarding rules, and to avoid those nasty OSHA fines. And don’t forget to download our free OSHA General Industry Machine Guarding Checklist, too.

Let us know if you’ve got some other resources you’d suggest. The comments field awaits.

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OSHA’s Newly Proposed Injury and Illness Record Submission Requirements

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In a series of previous posts, we wrote explanations of OSHA’s injury and illness recording requirements, including the use of Form 300, Form 300A, and Form 301.

This post, however, announces OSHA’s proposed plans to require employers to take the establishment-specific injury and illness data they’re already collecting and submit it electronically through a website (cue the requisite Obamacare-exchanges joke and rimshot audio file snippet here).

What Is OSHA Proposing?

They are proposing modifying the current injury and illness reporting requirements. The modifications would not change the kind of data employers need to collect—that stays the same. But the new modifications would require many employers to submit that information electronically to OSHA. (more…)

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Creating Visuals for Training Materials: Connie Malamed’s Book “Visual Language for Designers”

Not that long ago, we recommended the book “Design for How People Learn” by Julie Dirksen. Now we’ve got another book recommendation for you—Connie Malamed’s “Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand.”

First, an admission. We’re HUGE Connie Malamed fans. She’s got a great instructional design blog and a second blog for visual design. She’s got a neat instructional design app. She’s pleasant, sociable, and informative in social media circles. And yes, she’s got a really great book, too.

This article is a general overview/review of Malamed’s book. To see the ideas in her book “put into action,” check out this article: 25 Graphic Design Tips for e-Learning.

Which brings us back to the book recommendation.

Convergence Training provides learning management systems and e-learning courses, primarily for industrial and manufacture ring companies. Contact us if you have questions.

And feel free to download any of the free guides below while you’re here:

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