How to Format Training Materials To Make Learning Easier

How to Format Training Materials ImageA lot of workforce training materials are written. This is true if it’s something your workers will actually read. And it’s true of scripts that are used for e-learning training courses as well.

We’ve written earlier about style issues for your written training materials–click here to read more about that. That article includes some simple tips, such as writing at an appropriate reading level, using conversational words, and so on. Later, you may also be interested in reading this interview with Anna Sabramowicz about using storytelling and scenarios in training.

But in this article, we’re going to show you how to format training materials using simple techniques like headers, bullets, and tables to make your training materials more effective. This will apply to materials such as Word documents and PDFs that your employees read but also to PowerPoint presentations and e-learning courses they view on a monitor or screen.

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Effective Paper Manufacturing Training Programs: Better Training Through “Chunking”

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Want some great tips for creating effective paper manufacturing training materials? We just wrote an extended blog post explaining the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and giving tips of how to do it.

Click here to read the extended article on chunking.

Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to see how chunking can make your paper manufacturing training materials more effective, read on below. We’ve condensed the main parts and provided some examples specific to the paper manufacturing industry and paper manufacturing training for you.

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Testing Employees After Training: Best Practices for Workforce Training Assessment

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Companies put a LOT of money, time, and hard work into training their employees. New employee onboarding, job role training, succession training, compliance training–you get the picture.

In many or most cases, that training includes some element of testing. People in learning and development often refer to this testing as “assessment” or “level 2 evaluation” (to learn why, read our article on the Kirkpatrick 4-level Evaluation Model). We’re going to try to use the word “test” as much as possible in this article, though we’ll fall back on assessment from time to time.

The problem many trainers face is that after putting so much work into planning and creating the training materials, it can be easy to give short-shrift to the test part. And that can be a BIG problem because you don’t really know if your employees are learning what they have to learn if you’re not testing in one way or another. So you may be providing training that’s not effective for some, many, or all of your employees and never know it. And that’s why we’re going to focus on tests in this post–testing employees after training. Hope you find some stuff interesting and helpful.

You’ll find that this information includes a lot of high-level, more general information about testing. As a result, you may also find yourself interested in the following, more specific articles too:

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Selecting Different Types of Training for Different Types of Learning

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If you’re a trainer or design instructional material, your job is to train people.

But what exactly are you training them? What kinds of things? If your initial answer is “stuff for work,” we can dive down a little deeper on that. The benefit of doing so is that once we realize that we train people on different kinds of “stuff for work” (or to speak a little more formally, we train people to help them with different types of learning), you can get a little more efficient and use different training techniques for each of those different types of learning that you want your employees to master.

That’s what we’re going to cover in this blog post. So if that sounds spot-on, continue reading. If you’re not quite sure how you feel about it, keep reading nonetheless, if you can spare the time. You just might find some tips to make the training programs at your workplace more effective and efficient.

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Book Review: Robert Mager’s “Developing Attitude Toward Learning”

We just read Robert Mager’s book Developing Attitude Toward Learning, one of six books in the classic “Mager Six Pack” series.

In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another, longer article if you’d like to study in more detail his ideas about creating enthusiastic trainees who want to put their new knowledge and skills into practice at work.

Mager’s interesting because he’s one of the big names in the history of instructional design. Plus, he’s a mighty funny writer who’s worth an hour or two of your time.

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

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

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How to Create Graphics for eLearning: Matching Graphics to Content

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We recently wrote an article with 25 tips graphics and visuals for training materials.

That post was so popular that we thought we’d dig deep again for another article on graphics and learning.

The source for the tips in this article is the book Graphics for Learning: Proven Guidelines for Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Visuals in Training Materials by Dr. Ruth Colvin Clark and Chopeta Lyons.

We hope you like this article, and we recommend you go buy the book, it’s got a million great ideas in it for making better use of graphics and other forms of visuals to improve your training.

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Motivating Learners: Tips from Robert Mager’s Book “Developing Attitude Toward Learning”

motivating learners imageWe all want to motivate our learners. Motivating learners during the training so they’ll have a better chance to learn is important, obviously. And it’s also important to motivate learners AFTER the training so they’ll be more positively disposed toward the topic in general and more likely to apply the training at work.

But how exactly does a good trainer motivate learners? One good place to look for tips is in the book Developing Attitude Toward Learning by the noted human performance improvement/learning theorist Robert Mager.

In this article, we’ll pass on some of the tips from Mager’s book. Of course, we recommend you buy the book and read it yourself. In fact, we recommend that you buy and read the entire “Mager Six Pack.” We’ve included more about Mager and the Six Pack at the bottom of this article. (more…)

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EHS Professionals March Madness Bracket Tournament Plus Some Safety Training for March Madness Jokes

bballMarch Madness. It’s all you hear about these days, it seems.

Given that excitement in the spring air, Convergence Training has decided to host March Madness Tournament Bracket Competition for EHS professionals.

Wanna play? If so, go to this URL: http://ehspros.mayhem.cbssports.com/e?ttag=BPM16_cpy_invite_new

The password is, appropriately: EHS

Then fill out and save your bracket.

If you win, and if you’re in the United States (where we can ship things easily), we’ll send some Convergence Training swag your way (just one winner). If you win and you’re not in the US, meaning shipping will be too expensive, we’ll try to do something else to honor your achievement. Nobody from Convergence Training is allowed to win.

We’ll post periodic updates about the tournament and how different people are doing with their brackets, and of course we’ll announce the winner.

If you have any questions or confusion about how this works, send us an email at media@convergencetraining.com. There’s also a chat feature on this blog–if you catch us during business hours, we’ll be happy to chat “live.”

We’ve even included some Safety Training for March Madness jokes and a free EHS training guide for you below; read on if you’re looking to burn a minute or two or want a helpful freebie.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong EHS offering. We’ve got EHS e-learning courses, several learning management systems (LMSs), and more. Contact us for more information, and don’t forget to download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training.
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Book Review: Analyzing Performance Problems (or, You Really Oughta Wanna), by Robert Mager and Peter Pipe

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We just read Analyzing Performance Problems, or, You Really Oughta Wanna by Robert Mager and Peter Pipe, one of six books in the classic “Mager’s Six Pack” series. In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another article if you’d like to study his performance problem analysis method in more detail.

Before we begin, know that this is part of a series of articles looking at the books and ideas in Mager’s Six Pack. So far, we’ve also got articles on the following:

With that out of way, let’s get to this book review.

Need any help with your training program at work? Check out the e-learning courses from Convergence Training, our family of learning management systems, or just contact us.

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Evaluating Safety Training Effectiveness (Based on ANSI Z490.1, Section 6)

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Hello.

This post focuses on best practices for evaluating environmental, health, and safety (EHS) training. That means a couple things: evaluating how well your employees learned from their EHS training and, of course, evaluating the EHS training itself. Plus, it means using that evaluation information during continuous improvement efforts.

This article, like others in the series, is based on some of the guidelines in ANSI Z490.1, the standard that lists “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training. In particular, this article is based on Section 6 of the standard.

If you want to download our free 42-page Guide to Effective EHS Training, click that link you just whizzed past or scroll down to the bottom of this article and click the download button.

Otherwise, let’s get learning about evaluating EHS training.

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Book Review: Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis

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We just read Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis, one of six books in the classic “Mager’s Six Pack” series. In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another article if you’d like to study his goals analysis method in more detail.

Before we begin, know that this is part of a series of articles looking at the books and ideas in Mager’s Six Pack. So far, we’ve also got articles on the following:

With that out of way, let’s get to this book review.

Need any help with your training program at work? Check out the e-learning courses from Convergence Training, our family of learning management systems, or just contact us.

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Using an LMS to Onboard New Hires More Effectively, Efficiently

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Onboarding new employees can be time consuming, difficult, and inefficient. And, for a number of reasons–it’s often ineffective. If you’ve done it before, you already know this.

You can onboard new employees more quickly, efficiently, and effectively by using a learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a software application that companies can use to import, create, assign, deliver, and track training. You can use an LMS to deliver all sorts of training. This can include training specific to various job roles, HR training, and safety training. And–yes–you can also use an LMS when onboarding new employees.

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