Convergence Training Viewer Gets “100% Clean Award” From Software Informer

Convergence Training Viewer, our free small business LMS, is now available for download from Software.Informer.com, where it received their “100% Clean” award, indicating it has been tested and proven to be virus free and safe to install. This has always been the case, of course, but it’s nice to have another trusted source out there where people can get their hands on our software.

 

Note: We’ve discontinued this product. Check out our line of new learning management systems (LMSs).

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Choosing Warehouse Forklift Training That WORKS!

Convergence continues to produce the most modern training available for the industrial market, including warehouse forklift introductory and refresher training:

Forklift Safety
Forklifts: Reducing Product Damage

Our Forklift Safety course includes critical information on OSHA safety regulations and industry best practices communicated via stunning visuals and common-sense language that your workers can easily understand and put immediately into practice.

In addition to worker safety training, warehouse managers know the importance of avoiding costly product damage. Our course Forklift: Reducing Product Damage provides valuable information on the most common ways products, like boxes and crates, are damaged in the warehouse environment and offers cost-saving recommendations to avoid damage.

What makes our Reducing Product Damage course unique is that it’s based on interviews with six warehouse managers from different industries. From those intensive interviews, we produced training focused on the most common causes of forklift-related damage to product. The result is a course that is getting a great response from warehouse managers.

These two courses are designed to work together as necessary training tools for warehouse managers and safety trainers to provide introductory and refresher forklift training. Here’s a quote from Dave Mina, a warehouse manager who uses our courses to more effectively train his staff:

“We are using three Convergence Training DVDs for our initial training and refreshers. The DVDs are well put-together and the visuals are great. All of the information, to my knowledge, appears correct.”

– Dave Mina, Warehouse Manager; Dunmore Corporation

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Convergence Server Enterprise LMS: Updated Version Makes Training Your Employees Easier

We’re just about to release an updated version of our highly successful learning management system (LMS), Convergence Server Enterprise, and figured you’d like to know more about it.

Overall, here’s what we’ve done:

  • Added tons of new features
  • Streamlined procedures to save administrative time
  • Made our user interface even more intuitive

Here are some of the biggest changes and new features in the system:

Activity Update and Completion Status Reversion – When updating any type of Activity, Administrators can choose to change the completion status of all Learners who have already completed that Activity to Incomplete.

Task Sign-Off Options in Tasklists: – Administrators creating Tasklists can specify who can give credit for completing the Tasks within the Tasklist (the assigned Learner; only an Admin; dual sign-off by the Learner and an Admin; Learner or Admin; anyone but the Learner).

Bulk Completion Record Wizard – When manually creating a Completion Record for Documents, CBTs, Quizzes, or Training Events, Administrators can now select more than one Activity at a time.

Updated Reports – Reports have been modified to make it easier to select parameters; to allow for reporting on Groups; to create new, easier-to-search Report List menus; and to create a new Frequently Used Reports link.

Ability to Make Activities “Inactive” – Administrators can inactivate Activities. This will remove the Activity from any Learner’s Training Plan, from all Reports (unless they are specifically requested), and from all screens on the Administration tab except the Manage Activities screen.

Clickable “Drill-Downs” for Qualifications and Requirements – Administrators can now click on links within the Manage Qualifications and Manage Requirements screen to see the Requirements within a Qualification and the Activities within a Requirement.

Redesigned “Assign Training” Screen with New Assignment Detail Options – New four-step process for assigning training, including creation of “Renew Due Date” for training that expires after an assigned Learner first completes it and additional options for specifying Expiration Date.

File Attachments on Regions, Sites, Departments, Teams, and Users – Administrators can add attachments to a Region, Site, Department, Team, or User.

File Attachments on Completion Records – Administrators can add attachments to a Learner’s Completion Record.

If you’re already using the Convergence Server Enterprise LMS, you’re going to love this new version. And if you’re not yet using this LMS, now’s a great time to start. For more information about Convergence Server Express, or our other Learning Management System offerings, visit our website.

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New Overhead Crane Operational Safety Course Now Available

We’re happy to announce the release of a new crane safety video as a counterpart to our Overhead Crane Basics course. Overhead Crane Operational Safety provides an overview of the safe operating procedures for moving loads with floor-operated overhead industrial cranes and covers the dangers associated with lifting and moving a load with an overhead crane. Check out a sample from the video below.

You can save some money on your overhead crane training by purchasing our Cranes Combo Pack, which includes both videos at a discounted price.

Keep an eye on this blog if you’re interested in more crane training videos. We’re working on developing our library to include a number of new videos covering the safe operation of all manner of cranes and slings.

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Material Handling Courses in Research Phase

We’re excited to announce that we have several courses related to material handling safety being researched.

Convergence Training recognizes the need for computer-based training to teach the importance of safe material handling, proper lifting techniques, and back injury prevention awareness.

Back injuries are one of the most common, disabling, and costly of all workplace injuries. Proper lifting and material handling training can lead to a reduced risk of injury as well as a decrease in revenue lost to product damage.

Our new courses will include the following titles and topics:

Material Handling

  • Manual material handling
  • Material storage
  • Material disposal
  • Demolition
  • Material handling with slings
  • Material handling with mobile equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, powered industrial trucks (PITs), and earth-moving equipment

Safe Lifting Training

  • Lifting things that are too heavy
  • Lifting improperly
  • Lifting objects that are too big or awkward to carry safely
  • Lifting and then dropping objects

Back Injury Prevention

  • The anatomy of the spine, and specifics about the vertebrae, discs, spinal cord, and nerves
  • Causes of back injuries, including lifting, twisting, repetitive motions, and ergonomic issues
  • Ways to avoid back injuries
  • Back injury symptoms
  • Safe lifting techniques
  • and more…

While we’re in the research phase, we’d really appreciate any comments from our customers. Are there any special topics related to material handling you’d like to see addressed? If so, we’d really appreciate your comments. Just leave a note here and we’ll check it out here. We really value customer input and make every effort to include your thoughts in our safety training materials.

Over time, we’ll post updates here to let you know how we’re progressing during the production of these courses, and again when they’re ready for sale.

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Convergence Training Now Offers Hosted “Mini-LMS” for Contractor Orientations and Other Training Needs

Our customers trust Convergence to help train their employees. They recognize the effectiveness of our custom and retail training materials, which incorporate audio, 3D animations, 2D graphics, photos, video, text on screen, and interactive assessments to create training that makes a difference. And they appreciate the power and flexibility that our Convergence Server Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) provides for training their employees: content import and creation, training delivery, tracking, reporting, and more.

But in addition to all this, many of our customers need a separate solution for providing online orientations to contractors or for other training needs. And that’s why we’ve developed Convergence Server Express, a simple, easy-to-use, flexible LMS that still packs all the power you’ll need for delivering, tracking, and reporting.

Some features of Convergence Server Express include:

  • Hosted on our servers (this reduces your liability issues)
  • Simple, self-guided registration process for contractors
  • Automatic training assignments after registration
  • Simple administrative security role for basic administration needs
  • Streamlined “report viewer” security role to run reports and see who’s completed training
  • Low costs that don’t get billed back to your company by contractors/outside workers

If you provide orientations to contractors before they can work at your site, the Convergence Server Express LMS may be just what you need to make your job easier.

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Two Heat Stress Videos in Production

Although it’s the dead of winter, summer heat is coming sooner than you think. You’ll be sweating like a pig and sticking to your car’s leather seats before you know it.

We know our customers face special challenges in the summer time trying to keep their work forces safe while working in high temperatures and humidity.

With that in mind, we’re working now to produce two training modules related to heat stress:

  • Heat Stress Causes
  • Heat Stress Symptoms and Prevention

The Heat Stress Causes training module will explain:

  • What heat stress is
  • What causes it (including the relationship between heat and humidity)
  • Factors that affect individual tolerances to heat

The Heat Stress Symptoms and Prevention training module will address:

  • The different types of heat stress, including heat rash, heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, and heat stroke
  • Factors that contribute to heat stress
  • Ways to reduce the risk of heat stress, including ventilation, air cooling, shielding, insulation, hydration, and proper clothing

We’re sure these Heat Stress training courses will be selling like hot cakes once they’re on the shelf and that you’re probably burning to get your hands on them. We’ll keep you updated, posting some previews as production continues and then letting you know when the two modules are ready.

Be sure to come back and add these to your collection before the dog days of summer are on. And know that we’re also working on a Cold Stress training module to cover the rest of the year.

Until then, treat yourself to a listen of this scorching classic.

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Convergence LMS Provides Needed Flexibility for Management of Change and Document Management

One of the first things companies want to know about a learning management system (LMS) is: Can I use it for management of change and document management, and how will it work with my existing management of change and document management systems?

First, let’s define our terms.

Management of Change (MOC) is a process in which key company documents, such as standard operating procedures (SOPs), are created by some people, reviewed and edited by others, and then saved in a final format.

A Document Management System is a system that stores documents and gives some people the right to edit them and others the right only to view and read them. Microsoft SharePoint is a commonly used document management system.

Got that? Now that our terms are straight, let’s see how the Convergence Server Enterprise LMS works with these systems, below.

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Updates to Bloodborne Pathogens Training Course In Progress

As part of our process of updating our existing training materials, we’ve turned our attention to our Bloodborne Pathogens training course.

Our Bloodborne Pathogens course is popular with our customers—it’s our best-selling health and safety course, and has been for years. Still, we found some things we could add, and wanted to make sure our training didn’t just meet expectations, but exceeded them.

Here are some of the new things to look for:

  • Materials on hepatitis C virus (HCV) to accompany existing materials on hepatitis B (HBV) and HIV/AIDS
  • Information about the hepatitis B vaccination sequence and an employer’s responsibility to offer the vaccination to employees
  • New assessments
  • 3D animations that match our current production capabilities (even though we’ve been creating 3D animated safety training for more than 10 years, we get better every year)

We’ll post updates here during the revision process and again when the revised module is complete.

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What Makes Convergence Courses Awesome

Welcome to our first official Blog-Swap! Below, is a guest post by Kelly Meeker, Community Manager at OpenSesame.com, one of our reseller partners. Among other services, OpenSesame sells our eLearning courses directly into client learning management systems.

At OpenSesame, the world’s elearning marketplace, we work with customers daily to select off-the-shelf elearning courses to meet their organization’s learning needs. The OpenSesame course catalog currently features more than 10,000 courses from more than 100 different sellers. Day after day, customers love safety and compliance training courses because they are:

Chunky.
Convergence has a wide selection of courses on safety and compliance topics, including everything from slips, trips and falls to using lasers safely. (Who could ask for anything more?) To make sure their content is easily understandable, Convergence has ensured each course is a short, digestible chunk that covers a specific topic. This means learners don’t waste time wading through hours of content to find the one nugget they need because each course is targeted and to the point. Customers can mix and match different Convergence courses to build a safety curriculum that meets their organization’s specific needs.

3D.
Convergence uses excellent, realistic 3D animations that bring safety topics to life. With realistic demonstrations of workplace challenges, as well as the safe practices that promote a healthy workplace, Convergence makes it easy to understand the information and apply it in your own workplace.

Fast-paced.
Finally, Convergence doesn’t beat around the bush, repeat themselves or hem and haw. Each course covers essential topics directly, with clear examples that move at the speed of life.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with many libraries of e-learning courses, several different learning management systems (LMSs), and more. Contact us for more details or to set up a demo.

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Kelly Meeker is the Community Manager at www.OpenSesame.com, a marketplace for buying and selling elearning courses. Connect with her at @OpenSesame.

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