Online Courses for the MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training Program

Online Courses for MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training Program ImageMany customers come to us wondering if and how they can use online courses for the MSHA Part 46 training programs. In this article, we’re going to address those questions and then take a closer look at how to do it with one of the Part 46 training programs–New Miner.

The same ideas, though, apply to the other training programs, such as Newly Hired Experienced Miner, New Tasks(s), Annual Refresher, and Site-Specific Hazard.

Before we begin, here are a few related articles that may help set the scene in case you’re new to MSHA or Part 46:

If you want to skip the reading and get right to online training, click to buy, view, and complete Online MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training.

Now let’s take a look at a few key questions that are covered in more detail in those articles above.

And to help with even more MSHA-related questions, we’ve included a free Guide to MSHA Training Requirements at the bottom of this article.


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5 Steps of Creating Training–Tips from Cognitive Psychology

5 Steps of Creating Training ImageProbably the most famous “steps of training” guidance is the one created by the instructional theorist Robert Gagne. Gagne’s ideas are justly well-regarded and we’ve already written an article about Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction. So feel free to click that link you just passed up if you’re curious.

But in their 2003 book Writing Training Materials that Work: How to Train Anyone to Do Anything, Wellesley R. Foshay, Kenneth H. Silber, and Michael B. Stelnicki present their own, more updated steps. What makes these steps especially interesting (and I believe useful) is that they’re grounded in the field of cognitive psychology, the study of how people learn, including things like attention, thinking, memory, and problem-solving.

In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the steps, as you’d guess. And we’ll also present some additional ideas from the book. Of course, we encourage you to buy and read the book on your own, too.


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Training Needs Analysis for Paper Manufacturers

training-needs-analysis-for-paper-manufacturers imageBefore you begin any training program, you should first do a training needs analysis.

If you’re new to training, maybe you don’t know what a training needs analysis is. But not to fear, because we’re about to spell it out for you here.

And even better, because a big chunk of our customer base is made up of paper manufacturers, we’ll put it in those terms. If you’re not a paper manufacturer, but you’re still interested in learning about the training needs analysis, you can still learn from this article. Or you can read this more general training needs analysis article.


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Is Online MSHA Part 46 Training Allowed?

is-online-MSHA-part-46-training-allowedPeople frequently ask us if MSHA allows mine operators to use online MSHA Part 46 training to satisfy some of the MSHA Part 46 training requirements.

The short answer is–yes.

If that’s enough information for you, then check out the following online MSHA training options and tools we’ve got for you:

But if you want to look at the question in a little more detail, let’s do that. What exactly does that mean? What is online safety training? Can you do it all online or part of it? What MSHA Part 46 training programs does it apply to?

And that’s just getting started. Keep reading to learn it all.

Even better, we’ve included a free guide to the MSHA Training Requirements that you can download at the bottom of this article.

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Applying Lean Value Stream Mapping to Corporate Training

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People familiar with lean manufacturing probably know the concept of value stream mapping.

Value stream mapping is the process of mapping, diagramming, or otherwise analyzing your current production state and a desired, more efficient future state. The point is to map the current state, search for and identify any inefficiencies that cause waste and don’t add value, and then map a new, more efficient process. And then, of course, to make changes to move toward that more efficient desired process.

Sounds simple enough, and it is. The key things to remember are that value stream mapping (1) is focused on the lean idea of making sure production steps are always intended to provide value to the customer and (2) removing all production steps that don’t provide value to the customer or that aren’t otherwise necessary.

Trainers can learn a lot from their lean friends and from these concepts underlying value stream mapping. For one, trainers should always focus on providing value to their customers. It’s sometimes easy to forget this and sometimes easy to forget who the customer(s) is/are, so we’ll get back to this shortly. The second thing trainers can learn from lean value stream mapping is the importance of taking things out of training materials if they don’t provide benefit to the “customers.” Again, we’ll get back to this point.

When you finish up this article, feel free to download the FREE “5 PRINCIPLES OF LEAN MANUFACTURING” INFOGRAPHIC we’ve put at the bottom for you.

You might also want to check out our online courses for teaching employees about lean manufacturing.


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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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Confined Spaces in Construction Rule Issued By OSHA; Goes Into Effect August 3, 2015

After much discussion and years of planning, OSHA just announced a new Confined Spaces in Construction rule (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA). The rule goes into effect August 3, 2015 (later this year). So there’s time to learn about it and to prepare, but on the other hand, time’s moving and you should too.

We’ve put together some information for you to help you get ready. Hope you find it helpful.

Convergence Training is a training supplier with a large library of health and safety e-learning courses, learning management systems (LMSs) for companies of different sizes and industries, and custom training solutions. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

OSHA’s New Confined Spaces in Construction Rule

So let’s get right down to some of the big questions, shall we?

When Does the New Confined Spaces for Construction Rule Go Into Effect?

As noted above, August 3, 2015.

Is the Rule for Construction, General Industry, or Both?

The new rule (1926 Subpart AA) is for construction. The old rule (1910.146) is for general industry.

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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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