Company: ej4, Saint Louis, MO USA
Nomination Category: Safety Training
Safety training is some of the most important training out there. It’s designed to keep employees injury free and in some cases, keep them alive. Unfortunately, safety training is often created quickly and without the consideration of important instructional design elements. Basic power point presentations that contain too much text and no visuals have become a standard in safety training. ej4 safety training breaks that mold with engaging, regulation specific safety training.
ej4 safety training covers everything employees and managers need to know to keep their workplaces safe. Ranging from OSHA and Department of Transportation regulations to working in extreme weather conditions. Furthermore, each training program is designed to be to-the-point, and contains graphics that reinforce each learning point.
This year we added two new series to our Safety library; Electrical Safety and OSHA Recordkeeping. We also created content that was customized to the learner, by adding manager and employee versions of our safety content. For example, we now offer Carbon Dioxide Training for Managers and Carbon Dioxide Training for Employees. All too often providers try to use the “one size fits all” approach and it doesn’t work. But managers often need more details than employees need. They need to know the "why" behind rules and regulations. On the flip side, when employees hear too many details that don't pertain to their daily job, they check out. That’s why we offer a "just enough" solution.
In addition to new content, we’ve updated several programs in our Safety library. Our team of
writers, graphic designers, and producers find a way to take previously recorded content and give it a new and improved look and sound every month.
1. New script and messaging – New information is constantly available because of the Internet, media, books and magazines, and even our everyday conversations. That’s a lot of information!
To stay in-the-know, we have to conduct constant research on course topics and incorporate those themes into our eLearning courses. Your content must reflect what’s happening right now, from compliance to the best practices in all aspects of skill building.
2. Modern graphics – Training should be fun; let’s keep it that way! Humans are born with the innate desire for things to be visually appealing; evidence lies in our need for shiny iPhones and sleek-looking cars. By updating how your eLearning courses look, users will actually use the content.
You can’t fix everything with new graphics, though. You need an instructional design process that allows you to evaluate which images are engaging versus distracting. Graphics should be relatable and clear and incorporates text that is relevant on any device.
3. Updated best practices – Even the way employees consume eLearning content is something we have to take into consideration. Ten years ago, long training courses were the standard, but in recent years eLearning content has become increasingly shorter and segmented. Instead of watching an hour and a half video on one subject, topics are broken up into series of short-form videos that appeal to our short attention spans (now shorter than a goldfish). But be careful not to make the content too short; training isn’t effective if you cut important information just to save time. eLearning courses should be seven to nine minutes long.
• Mobile-friendly, video-based content
• Short courses average 7 minutes in length
• Instructional design based on best practices in adult learning
• Tactical content that teaches you one new concept per video
• Each course contains a downloadable summary of the key learning points
• Application questions available for the learner to implement what they learned
• Short exam offering immediate feedback on the comprehension of the content
• Continued exams after the initial learning even to reinforce the training content delivered at 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, and 4 months
• Course progress is tracked and reported through our learning management system, or the client’s LMS