Some Important Criteria for Evaluating Online Safety Training Courses
Let’s list some important criteria to keep in mind. We’re not going to list everything (that’s why there’s a 90-page guide for you to download), but we’ll definitely get you thinking in some good directions.
Learning Management System & eLearning Standards:
If you intend to purchase online safety training courses to deliver to employees through a learning management system, you’ll have to make sure the courses you want to buy are in a format that’s compatible with your LMS. Standard formats include AICC, SCORM, and xAPI (SCORM is currently the most common). Make sure to do your homework on this first.
Although eLearning courses used to be available primarily through LMSs, now there are many opportunities to view and complete online safety training courses in streaming format the same way you watch movies from Netflix or Amazon Prime, and you can often buy in a per-per-view or subscription format.
Is the safety information contained within the online safety training courses credible? Ask your provider who their content experts are.
Sound Instructional Design Principles
Are the online safety training courses designed and delivered following sound principles of instructional design to maximize comprehension, retention, and application on the job? Are they constructed with learning objectives, and are those objectives used in course creation and assessment? Do the courses use adult learning principles?
In training, less is more. You don’t want to overwhelm the learners with too much information. Just the basics is the way to do it. How long are the courses you’re considering?
What kind of certificate and records will be generated when the learners complete the course(s)?
Are the courses optimized for viewing on mobile devices and can you get mobile apps to improve that experience?
Engaging and Compelling Visuals
We’re largely visual animals, and you can get a lot of bang for your buck in online safety training through expertly designed visuals. How are the visuals in the courses you’re thinking about taking? How do they compare with the visuals in the sample video below (the video below includes a small number of samples from Convergence Training online safety and health training courses).
Conclusion: Hope That Helps You with Your Search for Great Online Safety Training Courses
Selecting online safety training courses isn’t as easy as it may seem when you first think about it. We hope this article gave you some helpful tips to begin your search, and of course we invite you to contact us for more information.
Remember to DOWNLOAD OUR FREE ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST BELOW before you go, too.
Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist
Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.
Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.