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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New Pump Training Modules Entering Production; Customer Suggestions Welcome

Recently we began work on a series of 3D animated training modules covering the industrial uses of valves. If you’ve been reading our blog closely, you know we posted on our blog asking for input from our customers and blog readers.

We’re happy to report that we did get feedback during that phase of production and that lead to the inclusion of several topics that we might not have included otherwise. So, thanks to a certain training manager at a large paper mill located in the Pacific Northwest for the help!

We mention this all now for two reasons:

1. To let you know we value our customer feedback.
2. Because we’re beginning the research phase of new training materials on the industrial uses of pumps and are looking for feedback again.

So, if you’ve always wanted quality training materials on pumps that’s well researched, well-written, and presented in multimedia with 3D animations, audio, and assessments, this is good news for you. Feel free to drop us a line or comment here on the blog to let us know what topics you think we should cover.

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The Convergence Celebrity Minute

Welcome to our 2nd edition of the Convergence Training Celebrity Minute. Today we ask “why.”

Why did Alec Baldwin fail to respond to flight attendant requests? Simple. He hasn’t taken our Hearing Conservation course, which suggests wearing hearing protection only in high noise areas, not all the time. And by his continued comments and his apparent deafness to the high-volume feedback from the plain old regular people, looks like he’s still got his ear buds in.

Why is Kris Humphries a prime candidate for our Pedestrian Safety video? Simple. Since Kim Kardashian kicked him to the curb abruptly ending their celebrity nuptials, we want to ensure that in the event that happens to him again, his walk home is as safe as possible.

Why is Tom Cruise more awesome than all the rest of us? Simple. Because the self-professed “expert of the mind” performs his own stunts, dangling (possibly hovering) effortlessly from the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. An unconfirmed report indicates that when asked if he had taken our Fall Prevention and Protection training, his response was, “No, but I held the DVD in my hands and absorbed all the necessary information… with my mind.”

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Cold Stress Module Enters Production

With temperatures plummeting and the mercury dropping, and with the ice, snow, and high winds of winter upon us, it seemed like a great time to expand our training course library to include a new module on Cold Stress.

The training module will cover these chilly topics:

  • The three types of cold stress—frostbite, trench foot (also called immersion foot), and hypothermia
  • The cause of cold stress, including the three members of the “cold stress equation” (cold, wind, and wetness)
  • Factors that affect an individual’s ability to tolerate cold weather
  • Signs, symptoms, and treatments for all three types of cold stress
  • Prevention of cold stress

Be sure to check back for the cool low-down on this module. We’ll post updates during production to show some of our fancy 3D sets and again when the course is completed. Also, keep your eyes out for our two new Heat Stress modules, which are also in production.

Until then, maybe you’d like to check out this cool video?

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Hard Work Pays Off In Customer Appreciation and Compliments

Everyone likes it if their hard work is appreciated. That’s true at Convergence Training, too.

We’ve recently created and released the new Convergence Server Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS), and our customers have been very pleased. One customer said our LMS “was the missing link” for great training; others have simply said “Wow!”

In addition, though, we’ve been in the middle of a big production push to create more of our 3D animated EHS safety training videos. And we’re happy to note that our customers are appreciating our new titles, too.

On a recent morning, we came to work to find this comment posted to our sales webpage in response to a newly purchased copy of our Emergency Action Plan training module:

“I used this video for my training business. It covers all the pertinent information about emergency action without being boring. The graphics keep your interest.”

We at Convergence are glad that our customers like this (and our other) safety training modules, and we thank you for the kind words. Know that we’ll keep doing our best to create more great training materials and keep the compliments coming.

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Several Module Updates to Hit the Shelves Soon

You wouldn’t use PPE that hasn’t been properly inspected, maintained, and even repaired when necessary. So why should you use EHS safety training modules that are old, out-of-date, and possibly inaccurate or irrelevant?

At Convergence Training, we periodically review all of our training materials to make sure they’re up to date and the best they can be. This includes all of the titles in the following libraries:

  • OSHA and EHS Safety Training
  • MSHA Part 46 Mine Safety Training
  • Industrial Essentials Training
  • Safe Driving Training

In short, reviewing and updating our training is a task that we take seriously.

We may update an existing training module for various reasons. Three of the most common are:

  • To match new or changed regulations from OSHA or other regulatory agencies
  • To meet a customer request
  • To update older modules so they match the abilities of today’s 3D multimedia training capabilities

Recently, we’ve begun work to update several of our existing modules. These include:

Fire Extinguisher Safety – In response to a customer suggestion, we’re adding new material on recharging a partially used fire extinguisher. Adding this material wasn’t necessary, but we agreed with our customer that it is would be a valuable and helpful addition.

Hazard Communication – This one has been updated once again since this article was originally written and now includes the recent GHS changes.

Overhead Crane Safety – A customer brought to our attention that one of our depictions of hook usage wasn’t considered “best practice” in the industry. Although it wasn’t a technical regulatory requirement, we always want to show best practices whenever possible, so we made the change.

Keep watching our website for future updates as we create new safety training videos and update our existing safety training course libraries from time to time to keep on the cutting edge of 3D animated safety training videos.

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Choosing Training Management Software

If you’re in charge of instituting an enterprise-wide computer-based training program at your company, you’ll quickly discover there are a lot of potential choices out there. How do you choose the training software that best fits your company? First off, I’m not going to pretend that this is an unbiased article. Our LMS software, Convergence Server Enterprise, is fantastic and quite frankly I think it’s the only one you will need. In this post I’m going to tell you why.

So let’s get straight to the point. Why should you choose our training management software?

It’s easy for learners to use – With a simple to navigate training home page, our user interface provides an ease-of-use for all levels of learners, including those who may be novices at using a computer. Your learners will get clear instruction on what training they are assigned, how to access their assigned training, and the ability to track their overall training progress.

It’s easy for administrators to use – With a wide range of reporting and administrative options, you have the ability to track and report on your organization’s training program ranging from qualifications, classroom training, and task based events. Our platform allows you to mirror your organization’s structure (locations, regions, sites, departments, job codes, etc.) and assign, track, and report on training throughout your entire organization. This allows you to easily and efficiently assign, track and report at any level of your organization. In addition, training status reports can be scheduled for automatic email delivery to anyone in your organization.

It tracks ALL training – Our LMS was created for the high demands of industrial safety compliance. That means it is set up to be able to track ALL of your training initiatives—not just computer-based training, like some software. With Convergence Server Enterprise, you can assign and track on-the-job (OJT) training, classroom sessions, third-party trainers and contractors. This flexibility reflects the diverse amount of training that goes on at large companies, especially ones that require safety compliance.

It can deliver high-bandwidth training fast – Do you have large training videos that are difficult to access between facilities? Our training system hosts large files locally, so that learners can access these files immediately, with no delays. Because our system was created primarily for large industrial clients who use a lot of high-bandwidth training videos, and because we develop our own multimedia training content, this is an area where we excel.

It lets you create your own training – Our training management system is technically what is known as a learning content management system, which means you can use it to create your own computer-based content and tests. You can import existing SCORM or AICC-compliant training materials, or use popular content authoring tools to convert your PowerPoint presentations or documents into interactive training. You can create quizzes and tests in multiple formats, and upload documents and images to go with these questions.

It gives you many reporting options – A good training management system should give you efficient management tools. Our system lets you create status reports on your training program, and send out those reports in a variety of formats to the people that need to see them. You can set up automated email delivery of these reports to specific recipients so that administrative time is reduced and accountability can be extended to all levels of your organization.

It’s infinitely scalable for your company’s growth – Convergence Server Enterprise was built to be a solution for all businesses, no matter their size. Its scalability means it can be initially installed at just a few sites and then scaled up over time to include the entire organization. It will be a viable solution for your company to better deliver, track, and report of all of your organization’s training now and into the distant future.

Our training management system was created from working alongside large companies that require efficient and reliable training management for their safety compliance record-keeping. When you choose Convergence Server Enterprise, you get the result of this evolutionary design process and can rest assured you’re using a trusted solution.

Call us or email us now to schedule a no-pressure demonstration where you’ll be able to navigate in the program and see first-hand its strengths.

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The Convergence Celebrity Safety Minute

Welcome to our first installment of The Convergence Celebrity Safety Minute, where we make a few real-world recommendations for some of our safety training that celebrities could really use. Enjoy!

Confined Space Awareness for Herman Cain

With all of the allegations of harassment and media scrutiny closing in on Herman Cain, he may be feeling a bit claustrophobic. Or he may be looking for a nice small place with limited points of entry to hide out. Either way, he could likely make use of our Confined Space Awareness training since it looks like he’ll be in a tight spot for a while.

Personal Protective Equipment for Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Since Abercrombie and Fitch offered to pay Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino NOT to wear their brand, and due to his altercation with fellow Jersey Shore star, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro that left the Sitch bruised and bloody, we offer this video. Our Personal Protective Equipment course might have helped him avoid injury as well as provided some flashy duds for his HiViz lifestyle.

Bloodborne Pathogens for Charlie Sheen

Whether you’re Charlie Sheen with a hankering for tiger’s blood or a shirtless Twilight heart-throb, be prepared to safely clean up after yourself with this video that sheds some daylight on the darker side of a liquid diet.

So there you have it. Our first recommendations for celebrities in dire need of some quality safety training. Be sure to check back with us again soon for another installment of the Convergence Celebrity Safety Minute, when we’ll have plenty more to learn about the hazards of being in the spotlight.

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National Safety Council Congress & Expo 2011 – Recap

Convergence Training would like to thank everyone who came out to visit us in Philadelphia for this year’s NSC Congress and Expo. In spite of the overall light attendee turnout, we had some great conversations with prospective clients looking to improve the quality of their training experience. Now, we’re back in the office and charged up to reconnect and help with everything from our DVDs to our learning management system and custom media.

Our “Bad Training SUCKS” theme continues to hit home with the industry. We handed out hundreds of reflective “Bad Training SUCKS” hardhat stickers to visitors whose most common responses were, “I agree!” and “I need another one of those to put on our trainer’s door.” Our new black and white “Bad Training SUCKS” T-shirt design was a hit too.


While several visitors asked where “Matt Foley” (our extremely popular entertainer from ASSE 2011 Expo in Chicago) was, we had a few other surprises in store for everyone. Instead of live entertainment, we offered complementary espresso in the morning, free beer in the afternoons, and gave people a chance to win some great prizes in our “Booogie for your Beer” challenge.

At times on Halloween day, visitors were lined up to take their chance at getting high score dancing to Thriller in the Michael Jackson – The Experience game on our XBOX 360 Kinect. The winner of our “Booogie for your Beer” dance challenge was Nick Popehn, Senior Operator at Xcel Energy. Nick walked away with our 46” Toshiba flat screen TV. Thanks again, Nick and thanks to all who participated in making this year’s NSC a whole lot of fun!

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Three New “Valve” Courses to Enter Production Soon

With all the excitement about our rapidly growing Environmental Health & Safety course library, which now contains nearly 50 titles with a dozen more slated for release shortly, it’s easy to forget about our Industrial Essentials course library.

We’re excited to announce that three completely new, 3D animated training courses covering fundamental aspects of valves are currently in production. The working titles are: Valve Basics, Valve Types, and Valves: Common Problems.

As with all our courses, these three “valve” training modules are thoroughly researched, present the material in a clear, orderly fashion, and incorporate our excellent 2D and 3D graphics to help explain difficult concepts.

The valve training courses are currently being written and are tentatively slated to include the following topics. We’d welcome any feedback you have—things to include and not include, tips for explaining difficult concepts—anything!

Valve Basics

  • Classifying valves by purpose, port size, motions and closing methods, and applications
  • Parts of a valve
  • Body materials
  • Face-to-face dimensions
  • End connections and welded connections
  • Valve coefficients
  • Stroke and flow characteristics
  • Pressure classes
  • Shutoff classes
  • Manual- and actuator-controlled valves

Valve Types

  • Gate valves
  • Globe valves
  • Needle valves
  • Pinch valves
  • Diaphragm valves
  • Plug valves
  • Ball valves
  • Butterfly valves
  • Check valves, including swing check valves, tilting disc check valves, lift check valves, piston check valves, and butterfly check valves
  • Pressure-relief valves
  • Reducing valves

Valves: Common Problems

  • Pressure drop
  • High pressure drops
  • Cavitation
  • Flashing
  • Choked flow
  • High velocities
  • Water-hammer effect
  • Turbulence
  • Noise

Don’t forget to write with your thoughts or suggestions, and be sure to look back for updates on production and release of this exciting addition to our industrial training/industrial safety training collection.

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Zombie Safety Training

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Is your safety training met with incoherent moaning, blank stares, and open-mouthed drooling? You could be inadvertently turning your employees into ZOMBIES!

With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Zombie World News, Convergence Training has developed courses that not only help stop you from adding to the zombie horde, but also may just save you from the pending Zombie Apocalypse.

As it turns out, workplace safety practices are also effective tools to keep you from becoming one of the undead. So, in our ongoing effort to add value to your safety training program, we offer the following tips to you.

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Convergence and CAT Collaborating at TRAM 2011

Convergence Training and Caterpillar Inc. have joined forces at MSHA’s 2011 TRAM event to strengthen ties with the mining community and raise awareness of the value that the two companies bring to the industry. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) hosts the annual Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) event at the National Mine Academy as a venue for sharing the latest safety information and training tools specific to the mining industry.

It was at the 2008 TRAM event that Convergence Training first introduced our groundbreaking Surface Miner Training compliance software, winning First Place for computer-based training products. Since that time, our Surface Miner Training DVDs and software have helped train thousands of miners and mining contractors while virtually eliminating citations related to documentation for our customers.

And now, through our strategic alliance with CAT Safety Services, Convergence Training continues to deliver on our goals of reducing human and monetary costs for our clients by providing superior quality training courses and compliance software.

Visit the MSHA website for more on MSHA Events.

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