Is an LMS Only Good for Online Learning Courses? Quick Answer: Nope.

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People who are new to learning management systems (LMSs) sometimes assume that an LMS can only be used to deliver, track, and report on online training. You know, things like computer-based training courses–or maybe you call them CTBs, online courses, or e-learning courses.

But that’s not true. At least it’s not true with the Convergence LMS.

We believe that the best training programs take advantage of a blended learning solution that incorporates different types of training: instructor-led training, OJT task-based training, written policies, procedures, documents, social learning, self-guided learning, and more. Which is why we’ve incorporated many different training formats within our various LMSs.

For a little more information, read on.


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How to Write Learning Objectives: The Ultimate Guide

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Learning objectives are a key part of effective training materials. Create and use them correctly, and you’re well on your way to helping your employees learn the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need.

Neglect to use them, or misuse them, and you’re setting yourself at a serious disadvantage right out of the gate.

At the bottom of this page, you can download a pretty-near-definitive guide that covers a lot of the basics about learning objectives. If you’re new to training or looking for a refresher, the guide may be helpful.


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See You at The South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, March 25-27, 2014

We’ll be displaying our best-in-industry training tools, including our mining safety training courses, training courses on OSHA-based safety topics, and our award-winning Surface Miner LMS at the South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference in Oklahoma City, OK this coming March 25-27.

Come visit us at booth 18 and see for yourself why we make the best training materials for the mining industry-hands down.

If you want to touch base with us in advance, you can contact Convergence Training. Let us know if you have any needs we can address before the show!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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How To Create an Effective Training Program: 8 Steps to Success

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Nearly everyone recognizes the value and benefits of workforce training. When done properly, training can make workers more efficient — increasing production, revenue, and profits while decreasing costs, waste, and inefficiencies. Effective training can lead to increased compliance with regulations. It can even lead to a happier, more satisfied and engaged workforce, which in turn reduces turnover and costly new employee onboarding. So the benefits are many.

But creating effective training isn’t easy. Some common problems include creating training that doesn’t support a true business goal, or that’s intended for a problem that training can’t fix, or without first identifying the true purpose of the training, or that includes too much information. Or maybe all of those things.

So, how does one create effective workforce training materials? Below is an eight-step road map to help you create more effective training materials. Entire books have been written about each of these steps, so there’s far more to say than what’s written below. But this article should serve as an effective getting-started guide in your quest to create workforce training materials that actually work.

Beyond that, we’ve added some notes in the conclusion of this blog to get you thinking in a “what’s next?” manner. Because the neat thing about designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating training is that you’ll never know everything and you’ll be best-served by being a lifelong learner yourself.


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Stop By and Say Hi at the Northwest Facilities Expo, Portland, OR, March 19-20, 2014, Booth 419

We’ll be displaying our best-in-industry training tools, including our safety training courses, our Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS), and our Contractor LMS at the NW Facilities Expo in Portland, OR on March 19 and March 20.

Come visit us at booth 419 and see for yourself why we make the best training materials for facilities-hands down.

If you want to touch base with us in advance, you can contact Convergence Training. Let us know if you have any needs we can address before the show!

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Come Meet Us at Tissue World Americas, March 18-21, Miami Beach, FL, Booth 690

We’ll be displaying our best-in-industry training tools, including our tissue training courses, training courses on safety, HR, operations, and more, and our learning management systems (LMSs) at the Tissue World convention in Miami, FL, March 18-21, 2014.

Come visit us at booth 690 and see for yourself why we make the best training materials for this industry–hands down.

If you want to touch base with us in advance, you can contact Convergence Training. Let us know if you have any needs we can address before the show!


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Facing the Challenges of Process Safety Management (PSM) – an Interview with Sathy Rajendran

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Spills, leaks, and explosions involving hazardous chemicals have been responsible for some of the world’s worst industrial disasters. Because of the potentially massive human and environmental costs involved, companies that utilize hazardous chemicals in their manufacturing processes are subject to one of the most comprehensive (and complex) of OSHA’s regulatory standards: Process Safety Management (PSM).

We approached Sathy Rajendran, Ph.D, CSP, and Coordinator of Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management Program, for a brief chat about PSM and what it takes to set up an effective program.

The interview is below and we hope you enjoy it.

And if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll see we’ve got a FREE PSM COMPLIANCE AUDIT CHECKLIST you can download. Nice!


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Free Incident Investigation Module – Fatal Phosgene Exposure

We’ve got something that’s both old and new for you today.

It’s old in that this is another “freemium” safety training elearning course from your friends at the Convergence Training blog. That’s right, it’s free! You can watch it for free from here or download it and put it into your LMS for ZERO dollars and ZERO cents. That LMS does have to be SCORM-compliant, course.

However, it’s new because we’ve done something a little different this time. It’s not a standard training course, but instead it gives you and your workers a chance to investigate a real-life safety incident that led to a workplace fatality. This is something that one person can work through at a computer alone. But it’s also something you can work through with a group of workers in a safety meeting or in a series of safety meetings. We think it would create a lot of discussion and really get your workers engaged and involved.

We hope that this “Incident Investigation” module will lead to helpful discussions and maybe even help you improve your own safety program-if that’s needed. And if you’re interested in incident investigations, please read our extensive article explaining how to perform an incident investigation.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We provide health and safety e-learning courses, make several learning management systems (LMSs), and create custom training solutions too. Contact us to ask some questions, view full-length course previews, or schedule a demo.

And since you’re here, why not download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training?


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Visuals and Effective Training Blog Post at OpenSesame’s Blog

We just wrote a post about visuals for effective training that appears on the blog of our friends at OpenSesame.

The post gives some great tips for using visuals to help your employees learn more during their trainings–and who doesn’t want that? Plus, it includes some cool examples from the Convergence Training retail training course libraries. What’s not to like? Go check it out!

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