What Is a Learning Objective?

[This is the the first 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’re new to the learning and training worlds, you may not yet know what a learning objective is.

To put it simply, a learning objective describes what your learners should be able to do after they complete your training materials. In many cases, you’ll probably have a series of learning objectives instead of just one.

You should create your learning objectives before creating your training content. Use the information you gathered during the Training Needs Assessment and the Analysis (or first) phase of the ADDIE instructional design process to create your objectives.

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OSHA’s Newly Proposed Injury and Illness Record Submission Requirements

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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Thanks for Visiting with Us at MSHA’s Western Region Mine Safety and Health Conference-See You Next Year!

We’re back from MSHA’s Western Region Mine Safety and Health Conference in Las Vegas and want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth to meet us and learn more about our products and services for mine safety training.

Those products include our full library of 3D-animated mining training materials and our Surface Miner Learning Management System (LMS) for assigning, delivering, tracking, and reporting that training. Hey, it even creates your MSHA-required training documentation!

We’d also like to give a special shout-out to Marc Leedy, Superintendent/Safety Manager of R.T. Donovan Company, Inc. Mr. Leedy won our Surface Miner Training module set–a $599 value. Congratulations to you, Marc, and we hope this helps your training program.

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Central Washington University’s Safety & Health Management Degree Program

Back in April, we attended the Oregon Governors Occupational Safety & Health conference (GOSH) in Portland, Oregon and had the pleasure of attending a conference session on mobile training. It was put on by Sathyanarayanan (Sathy) Rajendran and the Safety and Health Management Program at Central Washington University.

We were inspired by the presentation and since the Convergence Training headquarters is in Vancouver, Washington, just a few hours from CWU, we reached out to Sathy to discuss our own mobile training solution, and to see if there were any opportunities for us to partner up on any projects in the future. One thing lead to another and we were able to provide discounted and donated training content and software to CWU in an effort to help Sathy meet his goal of establishing the premier Safety and Health program in the west.

We believe in CWU’s program and in Sathy’s leadership, and our goal in writing this blog post is to encourage other companies to donate their products, services, time, and/or money to the program as we did and as other safety-related companies have done before us. That’s because since we’ve come to know of the program, the staff, and the students, we’ve been impressed and want to help them in their efforts to develop the next generation of safety and health management specialists.

To date, the Safety and Health Management program at CWU is using our Enterprise learning management system (LMS) and a number of titles from our EHS training libraries. Using the LMS allows the CWU professors to assign, deliver, and track assignments to their students, and also gives the students an opportunity to learn how an LMS can be used in their later careers. And the EHS library is a great complement to the textbook, instructor-led, and hands-on instruction in the program.

Click here to learn more about CWU’s Safety and Health Management Program. To learn more about making a donation of your own, contact Sathy at rajendrans@cwu.edu.

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Thanks for Visiting with Us at National Safety Council’s 2013 Congress in Chicago-See You Next Year!

We’re back from the 2013 National Safety Council Congress and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois and want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth to meet us and learn more about our products and services for safety. Those include our full library of EHS training materials and our family of learning management systems (LMSs) for assigning, delivering, tracking, and reporting that training.

We’d like to give a special shout-out to Theresa Kilian of Wornick Foods and Wendy Kue of Chrysler Group, LLC, the lucky winners of our free giveaways at the NSC Congress.

Theresa won a free Kindle Fire HD. Pretty fun!

And Wendy won a free animated contractor orientation module plus a year’s free use of our online Contractor LMS. (Let us know if you need help with your own contractor and visitor orientation solutions.)

We look forward to seeing you all again at the 2014 NSC Congress. Until then, work smart, be safe, and contact Convergence Training if you need any help with safety training issues.

Finally, a special thanks to comedian Matt Kissane. Last year, Matt worked our ASSE booth doing a very popular impersonation of Matt Foley (the SNL character by Chris Farley). This year, he was up to the task again, recreating the famous “da Bears!” guys from Saturday Night Live. Hey Bears fans, too bad you just lost to the Detroit Lions–see you again later this year!

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OSHA’s Top 10 Cited Standards of 2013

Every year, OSHA‘s kind enough to announce the most commonly cited standards of the previous year.

For example, here’s the list they released in 2013 of the most commonly cited standards of 2012. You may remember that last year we not only gave you this list, but gave you a TON of free training materials to help you with the regulations in the list. You can still view and download the materials by following the link above.

Well, 2013 is almost over, and OSHA’s done it again: they’ve just announced the 10 most frequently cited standards of 2013.

The list is below. Keep watching our blog in the following weeks and months as we create more free training materials related to these standards for you.
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New Safety Training Courses Available: Tanker Rollover; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department last month. They’re all additions to our EHS 3D animated training library. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, here’s how to contact us.

Tanker Rollover

Among commercial transportation vehicles, tanker trucks are some of the most susceptible to rollover-type accidents. Learn the factors that most commonly contribute to tanker rollover accidents and how to avoid them.

Learn more about our Tanker Rollover Course.

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

Having a spill prevention plan in place is among the most effective and efficient tools in preventing environmental contamination. This course will discuss spill-related pollution, spill prevention techniques, appropriate procedures for controlling a spill, and countermeasure techniques that can be taken to help comply with federal regulations.

Learn more about our Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Course.

Need to know more? Drop us a line; we’d be happy to hear from you.

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New HR Training Courses Available Now: Diversity in Workplace; Substance Abuse; and Discrimination in the Workplace

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department last month. They’re all additions to our Human Resources 3D animated training library. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, here’s how to contact us.

Diversity in the Workplace

Companies can increase their creativity and openness to different ideas by fostering a diverse work force. This course covers the definition and benefits of diversity, the challenges in a diverse workplace, and how employees can be proactive and positive on a daily basis to promote the differences between workers.

Learn more about our Diversity in the Workplace Course.

Substance Abuse Awareness

Drug addiction is when an individual is involved in compulsive drug seeking and use, regardless of any negative health or social consequences. This compulsive drug use can cause employees to be more likely to miss work, be less productive, or even be involved in on-the-job accidents. This course raises awareness by discussing the effects of different types of drugs and alcohol as well as how to recognize and deal with symptoms of abuse.

Learn more about our Substance Abuse Awareness Course.

Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination amongst employees can contribute to a hostile work environment and negative company culture, leading to lower efficiency and high employee turnover. This course raises awareness by discussing the civil rights laws protecting people from discrimination, the types of discrimination, and how discrimination can affect the workplace.

Learn more about our Discrimination in the Workplace Course.

Need to know more? Drop us a line; we’d be happy to hear from you.

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New Papermaking Courses Available: Black Liquor Evaporators-Equipment; Carrier Ropes-Design and Operation; Box Plant Basics-Flexo Folder Gluers; and Pulping and Papermaking Overview

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department last month. They’re all additions to our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box 3D animated training libraries. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, here’s how to contact us.

Black Liquor Evaporators-Equipment

This course describes different evaporator designs used to concentrate black liquor. Including rising film evaporators, falling film evaporators, falling film concentrators, and forced circulation concentrators. It also contains discussions on scaling and boil outs, the role of surface condensers, and removal of non-condensable gases from a multiple effect evaporator set.

Learn more about our Black Liquor Evaporators-Equipment Course.

Carrier Ropes-Design and Operation

To keep a carrier rope system operating safely and efficiently, it is important to understand the elements of proper design and operation. The information presented in this module will help you to identify existing issues with your carrier rope system and provide guidance on the possible changes needed to alleviate them.

Learn more about our Carrier Ropes-Design and Operation Course.

Box Plant Basics-Flexo Folder-Gluers

This course describes the design and operation of the machine sections that make up a flexo folder-gluer, including the feed section, printing section, creaser-slotter, die cutter, glue lap unit, folding section, and delivery end.

Learn more about our Box Plant Basics-Flexo Folder-Gluers Course.

Pulping and Papermaking Overview

This module begins with a brief history of papermaking and a discussion on softwood and hardwood fibers. It describes several pulp processing operations, and ends with a description of the various sections of a paper machine, including the forming section, press section, dryer section, and reel.

Learn more about our Pulping and Papermaking Overview Course.

Need to know more? Drop us a line; we’d be happy to hear from you.

Take a second to download our free guide to online training for people in the pulp, paper, tissue, and/corrugated industries since you’re here.

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The Papermaker’s Guide to Online Training

Looking for a way to improve your employee training and make it more efficient? Then check out our free guide on implementing online training at work.

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Breaking Bad: Workforce Training Suggestions

Tonight, the final episode of the TV series Breaking Bad airs.

As we like to do from time to time, we’ve prepared a list of training relevant to this pop culture phenom. below is a list with some suggestions. Don’t forget to contact Convergence Training for help with any training needs.

Note: this post includes video clips from the AMC television series Breaking Bad. If you’re not familiar with Breaking Bad, please know that it includes some colorful language and behavior. The clips below contain some of the more light-hearted moments from the show.

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