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September Roundup: Best of Blogs

September was a busy month for many of us. Summer officially ended and students returned to learning, either virtually or in person. With everything going on, it can be easy to miss a blog or two. That’s why we’ve rounded up our top September news for you right here – enjoy!

Vector Solutions: How to Use Simulation Training to Reduce Risk in Your Organization

“From the military to medicine, simulation training has long been utilized to help learners combine the knowledge learned in their coursework with practical skills to improve outcomes and decrease risk. From fire rescue training to operating a forklift, simulation training can be integrated into your professional and safety training courses to increase retention (and enjoyment!) of your learners. Here’s what you need to know about why simulation training is so effective when considering incorporating it into your organization’s training toolkit.”

Read on to find out what 5 things you need to know about using simulation training to reduce risk.

Convergence Training: COVID-19 Presents a Need and Opportunity for L&D to “Step Up Their Game” – Talking with Dr. Stella Lee

“I recently caught an article our friend Dr. Stella Lee wrote about how the COVID-19 pandemic presented a need and opportunity for learning and development departments and professionals around the world–and certainly in Canada, where Dr. Lee lives, and in the US, where Vector Solutions is–to “step up their game” to help workers reskill and upskill.

“There’s nothing new about L&D having an opportunity to help people reskill and upskill. That need has been going on for quite some time due to major changes in our national economies. We’ve got older workers retiring and possibly moving into consulting roles; we’ve got younger workers coming in to take their place in the workforce; we’ve got large numbers of workers who recently migrated to their new home countries; and we’ve got a lot of people who’s old job doesn’t exist or isn’t as in-demand in our modern economies who need to develop newer, more in-demand job skills.”

Catch our recorded discussion with Dr. Stella Lee to find out more about this silver lining and opportunity to “step up our game.”

SafeColleges: National Hazing Prevention Week

“National Hazing Prevention Week…is observed through the end of the week (September 20th through September 25th ). While the basis of NHPW is to raise awareness about hazing and its dangers, institutions can also use this reminder to review current initiatives and strategies to combat hazing at your institution.

“Hazing” refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. And, research shows that 60% of students are subjected to hazing while on campus.”

Read on to learn more about the dangers of hazing and what you can do to prevent it from happening on your campus.

SafeSchools: Student Sexual Abuse: Mitigating the Risk Amidst a Pandemic (Guest Blog by Diane Cranley, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Expert)

“As the coronavirus began to advance across the country early in the year, almost every state and US territory ordered or recommended schools close to all in-person classes to mitigate the spread of the virus. Educators quickly turned to technology as the new vehicle to deliver classes, but this urgency created safety and security exposures with little time and few resources to assess and mitigate the potential risks of student sexual abuse.

“While the coronavirus demanded a quick response and continues to demand attention as the new school year begins, it’s crucial to proactively review the risks distance learning created. An effective risk assessment and mitigation process for student sexual abuse and molestation through distance learning should look at both external and internal risks.”

Read more to learn about the risks related to sexual abuse and the steps to mitigate these risks in a distance learning environment.

TargetSolutions: Mental Health Awareness for Emergency Responders

“Television and movies portray the life of a first responder as fast-paced, high stakes and full of adrenaline rushes as they easily move from life-saving event to another. What the media overlooks is the extreme emotional, physical and mental toll of the job. Emergency responders often deal with this in silence.

“Vector Solutions’ new course, Mental Health Awareness for Emergency Responders, addresses the causes, symptoms and coping strategies for the most common mental health disorders for EMS professionals. This comprehensive training was created with veteran first responders to shine a light on the hidden struggles of this profession.”

Read on to learn more about this critical course.