Safety Mentor FAQ

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

At Safety Mentor, we often get questions about the specifics of what we do. People ask us things like “what is an LMS?,” what are key industry standards, and many other safety and health education related questions. Below you’ll find a list of our most frequently asked questions and our expert answers.

LMS stands for Learning Management System. A LMS is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs.

LMSs range from systems for managing training and educational records to software for distributing online or blended/hybrid college courses over the Internet with features for online collaboration. Colleges and universities use LMSs to deliver online courses and augment on-campus courses. Corporate training departments use LMSs to deliver online training, as well as automate record-keeping and employee registration.

The key to understanding the difference between LMS and other computer education terms is to understand the systemic nature of LMS. LMS is the framework that handles all aspects of the learning process. An LMS is the infrastructure that delivers and manages instructional content, identifies and assesses individual and organizational learning or training goals, tracks the progress towards meeting those goals, and collects and presents data for supervising the learning process of organization as a whole. An LMS delivers content but also handles registering for courses, course administration, skills gap analysis, tracking, and reporting.

Most LMSs are Web-based to facilitate access to learning content and administration. They are also used by educational institutions to enhance and support classroom teaching and offering courses to a larger population of learners. LMSs are used by regulated industries (e.g. financial services and biopharma) for compliance training. Student self-service (e.g., self-registration on instructor-led training), training workflow (e.g., user notification, manager approval, wait-list management), the provision of on-line learning (e.g., computer-based training, read & understand), on-line assessment, management of continuous professional education (CPE), collaborative learning (e.g., application sharing, discussion threads), and training resource management (e.g., instructors, facilities, equipment), are all important dimensions of Learning Management Systems.

Some LMS providers include “performance management systems”, which encompass employee appraisals, competency management, skills-gap analysis, succession planning, and multi-rater assessments (i.e., 360 degree reviews). Modern techniques now employ competency-based learning to discover learning gaps and guide training material selection.

For the commercial market, some Learning and Performance Management Systems include recruitment and reward functionality.

A robust LMS should be able to do the following:

  • centralize and automate administration
  • use self-service and self-guided services
  • assemble and deliver learning content rapidly
  • consolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based platform
  • support portability and standards
  • personalize content and enable knowledge reuse

ADDIE stands for Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. The phases of this cyclical process create sound instructional materials.

  • Analyze - A systematic exploration of the way things are and the way things should be. The difference is the performance gap. Here, goals and objectives are established.
  • Design - A systematic method of researching, planning, developing, evaluating and managing and instructional process.
  • Development - The identification of the tools and processes needed to create the instructional materials.
  • Implement -The facilitation and management of the performance solution.
  • Evaluate - The process of measuring the performance solutions’ quality and effectiveness based on achievement of the goals and objectives.

Chunking is breaking learning into bite-sized pieces. This form of microlearning allows the information to be presented in smaller, shorter chunks that help boost recall and retention. The pieces of information build on one another to form the larger, comprehensive material. Think of it as slowly eating an elephant, rather trying to digest the entire portion all at one sitting.

  • Virtual Learning Environment is another fancy name for a learning management system, or a software solution. It is an online platform that facilitates learning online through use of learning activities, administrative controls and monitoring, and instructional digital media.
  • Online Learning is a type of distance learning where at least 80% of all learning activities are done over the internet. It is possible with online learning that the student would never come face-to-face with their instructor or classmates.
  • eLearning is learning that is supported with technology. This is any type of learning that is delivered through an electronic means: Internet, downloads, and or software.
  • Distance Learning is exactly that, learning at a distance. This type of learning could be in the form of eLearning, but also could include papers, reports or worksheets that could be turned in. While the learner does not need face-to-face hone conversations are useful.
  • Mobile Learning is accessing educational content through the use of mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.
  • Blended Learning is the combination of face-to-face classroom experience with online learning opportunities. This integrated approach to student learning optimizes the blend of scheduled time with an instructor (synchronous learning) and self-directed learning (asynchronous learning.)
  • ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training
  • ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Accepted Practices for eLearning in Safety, Health and Environmental Training.
  • ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems- Requirements with Guidance For Use
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instructor (IBSTPI)