Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Engaging Participants in OSHA Training

OSHA (Occupational Safety Hazard Association) training is the mandatory standard in many industries where being improperly trained can mean the difference between life and death. Or at the very least, between safety and injury.

Proper instruction doesn’t just mean conveying information, it means making sure that you’re training in a way where content is going to be remembered.

But the problem is that OSHA training is often dry. OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 courses can cover topics like fall protection, handling of waste and chemical materials, biological hazards, disaster recovery and many, many more. Some of which may require trainees to sit through the same courses or be recertified year after year.

So if the content is critical, but making the training engaging is challenging—what is the solution?

Deb Hilmerson, of Hilmerson Safety, came up with an answer while conducting large safety and OSHA training seminars:

“We all know the challenges of keeping learners interested and engaged in safety and health training programs. To add some fun, entertainment and help engage learners, I started using game shows built around my content.”

Using game shows within such serious training modules as OSHA may not seem obvious, but game shows capitalize on competition to drive learning and captivate trainees’ attention—dramatically increasing participation, engaging their emotions and motivating them to explore content.

Dan Yaman, of LearningWare, elaborates:

“Game shows take an ordinary training session and turn it into something extraordinary. More than that, game shows create an engaging, lively classroom environment.”

If a trainer can engage their trainees at a higher rate during a training session—more of that critical information is going to be retained.

This is why Hilmerson Saftey partnered with LearningWare to create OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 games. These game show modules are ready-to-go--alleviating hours and hours of content development. Question content has been organized into “libraries” based on standard subpart topics such as fall protection, scaffolding, hazard communication, HAZWOPER and many more. Each question is painstakingly crafted to include multimedia, extra information, AND align (with citation) with the required industry standard.

OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 games are built using LearningWare’s Gameshow Pro template software, which already being over 35,000 classrooms worldwide, and is prominent in safety training. Used to preview, present and review information, Gameshow Pro has been shown to increase content retention by over 60% and has received rave reviews from trainers, trainees and corporations alike.

OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 ready-to-play games for construction will be available shortly. For inquiries, contact

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Brain-Based Webinars Session

Hey everybody! You're cordially invited to a webinar we've developed and are hosting through one of our technology partners, omNovia.

Hosted by Dan Yaman, this is a best-practices webinar that both demonstrates and illustrates how to engage the brain for a truly effective webinar. It also features our AllPlay Web technology in action--so sign up, stop in, play a game, learn a lot and have fun!

When: September 23, 2010 1:00 PM

Description: There’s a wealth of research on how the brain best receives and retains information. This knowledge is key to conducting a webinar that is truly effective.

This entertaining and interactive presentation will focus on the latest brain-based research; illuminating the science behind conducting a webinar that:

• Engages your webinar audience and keeps them engaged throughout your presentation.
• Leads the audience through a natural learning cycle that will help them to understand and better retain the information.
• Utilizes “brain-friendly” graphics.
• Provides methods of interaction that go beyond polling.

You’ll also be exposed to examples of how to use multimedia, stories, case studies, etc. to add variety and novelty for a truly fun and memorable webinar experience.

Most importantly, you will leave with a deeper understanding of how to communicate to the brain for immediate webinar improvement.